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Adonis Stevenson in critical condition after knockout loss

Adonis Stevenson in critical condition after knockout loss

MATHIEU BELANGER

AFP

The Canadian lost his WBC light heavyweight title after an 11th round stoppage in Quebec.

Canada’s Adonis Stevenson is in critical condition in hospital after losing his World Boxing Championship (WBC) light heavyweight title to the Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk in Quebec on Saturday.

Stevenson, 41, suffered an 11th round knockout after receiving a pretty sizeable amount of punishment in that round alone.

The Canadian - who until yesterday was boxing’s oldest and longest reigning champion – was forced to leave the ring on a stretcher. His promoter, Yvon Michael, later reported his fighter had been taken to intensive care in Quebec.

Stevenson’s second defeat

Yesterday’s was only the second defeat in Stevenson’s career. He had accumulated a run of 17 fights without tasting defeat.

He was making his 10th title defense since winning the belt against Chad Dawson in 2013. Now, Gvozdyk became a champion in only his 16th fight.

'The WBC and boxing community from the world join in prayers for the safe recovery of our dear friend, great fighter and exemplary human being @AdonisSuperman,' the WBC tweeted on Sunday.

Yesterday, the pair was fighting on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s world title clash with WBC champ Deontay Wilder which ended in a draw.

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