Former Light-Heavyweight Champion Adonis Stevenson Has Been Sent a Classy Message by Tyson Fury, After the Canadian Was Put in an Induced Coma…
Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder wasn’t the only belt on the line yesterday, with another major boxing event going down in Canada. WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson took on Ukraine’s rising star Oleksandr Gvozdyk, in a very violent clash.
Gvodzdyk would win by KO in the 11th round, smashing Stevenson onto the canvas. The Haitian-Canadian fighter would get back to his feet but later was rushed to hospital after an incident in his locker room. It has since been revealed that Stevenson has been placed in an induced coma over fears of brain damage.
‘The Gypsy King’ was also brutally knocked down in his fight against Wilder. As a man who has faced the highs and lows of life, he’s well placed to understand the thin line that we’re all treading. He sent a message of support to Stevenson, who we all hope makes a full recovery.
Congratulations to Oleksandr Gvozdyk who slumps Adonis Stevenson in the 11th round to become 🗣THE NEWWWW WBC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLDDDD!!! 🌎
— Ringside Rave (@RingsideRave) December 2, 2018
Boxing is a brutal sport. Approximately 500 fighters have died as a result of injuries suffered in the ring. The most recent was Christian Dahgio, an Italian fighter who spent two days in a coma before passing away in November 2018, fighting for the WBC Asia title. Life-threatening injuries are more common in boxing than in MMA, because of the sustained head trauma that fighters suffer.
Tyson Fury was almost KOed by Deontay Wilder and was wildly celebrated for his remarkable recovery against the Alabama boxer. It just goes to show how fine margins can change lives. He made it clear that despite arguably winning the fight, he was just happy to go home to his family safe and well. He delivered this message after the fight:
“I hope Adonis Stevenson makes a recovery, gets better and goes home to his family safe and well.”
It's the sad side of the sport and thoughts have got to go out to #AdonisStevenson
Many mock and criticise boxers and athletes on social media but every time a fighter steps into the ring, they're putting their lives on the line for our entertainment.
I hope he pulls through. 🤞 pic.twitter.com/KqVPj6TjVZ
— #BoxingHeads (@DavyTrengove) December 2, 2018
Boxing promoter Yvon Michel has delivered this update. Stevenson’s condition has been upgraded from critical to stable. This is definitely positive news, although he has a long way to go yet. Michel stated (per CTV News):
“The state of Adonis has gone from critical towards stable from yesterday to today which is a relatively good news. He is in controlled sedation to facilitate his recuperation.”
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 2, 2018
If Stevenson recovers, his career will definitely be over. However, there are more important things in life than that. The boxer is also the father of a baby girl less than a month old. His fiancee Simone God has stated:
“I don’t want to comment too much on it, but I’m at the hospital, trying to be next to him and to support him. He’s a champion, he’s a fighter, he’s going to fight this.”
We know he will. The man’s a fighter. He has 29 wins in 32 fights, with 24 KO wins. Some people are focusing on Stevenson’s controversial past, with criminal convictions. But he’s got a young family and at the end of the day, that’s what matters. If you’re a fan of combat sports, give him your thoughts and prayers.