Stevenson suffered 'severe traumatic brain injury'

Stevenson suffered 'severe traumatic brain injury'

Adonis Stevenson suffered a "traumatic brain injury" after being knocked out by Oleksandr Gvozdyk, his doctor has confirmed.

A former WBC champion who was boxing's oldest and longest-reigning titleholder before losing to Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KOs), "Superman" Stevenson (29-2-1, 24 KOs) had reigned for almost 5 ½ years.

The medical team gave an update on Stevenson's condition on Wednesday, the first public statement since he was admitted to the Quebec City hospital following a knockout suffered at the hands of Oleksandr Gvozdyk on Saturday.

Adonis Stevenson is in a stable but critical condition after suffering a "severe traumatic brain injury", the boxer's doctors have said.

He told a press conference it was "too early to comment" on the fighter's long-term prognosis, but that likely he would have lasting neurological damage.

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He appeared conscious in the immediate aftermath of the fight but it soon became apparent that Stevenson was severely incapacitated and he was removed from the ring on a stretcher and taken to a nearby medical facility.

Mr Stevenson had surgery in the night from Saturday to Sunday and then was placed in the intensive care unit. His situation is still stable under the circumstances, but critical. However, Yvon Michel, Stevenson's promoter, said the fighter's condition has improved.

Stevenson's family thanked supporters for their messages of support and asked for their privacy to be respected.

Stevenson was making his 10th title defense since winning his belt in 2013 by defeating American Chad Dawson."I talked to the people at the hospital".

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