Montreal boxer Adonis Stevenson's promoter says the fighter is in critical condition after being knocked out in the 11th round and losing his WBC light heavyweight title to Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk in a fight Saturday night in Quebec City.
Stevenson, 41, boxing's oldest and longest-reigning champion, has had surgery and remains in intensive care, a statement from the hospital said.
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.
'He suffers from severe traumatic brain injury, ' Alexis Turgeon told reporters.
Update on Adonis @AdonisSuperman: The state of Adonis has gone from critical towards stable from yesterday to today which is a relatively good news.
We will remind, on the night of Sunday, 2 December, took place the battle of Alexander Carnation against Adonis Stevenson for the title of world champion in the light heavyweight division by the WBC.
"His condition requires mechanical respiratory support, deep sedation and specialised neurological monitoring". Promoted by Yvon Michel, Stevenson entered his fight with Gvozdyk at 9-0-1 with seven KOs in championship bouts, including his title-winning 76-second stoppage of Chad Dawson in June 2013. He suffered a serious head injury.
Earlier on Sunday, Michel tweeted his thanks on behalf of Stevenson's wife and family: "Thank you for your many messages of encouragement and support".