Adonis Stevenson latest update: Promoter Yvon Michel reveals incredible progress of former champion in recovery

3 May

Adonis Stevenson is making remarkable progress six months on from the fight that left him with life-altering injuries.

The former WBC light-heavyweight champion suffered a knockout defeat to Oleksandr Gvozdyk on December 1, and was hospitalised in the immediate aftermath.

Oleksandr Gvozdyk knocked out Adonis Stevenson in the eleventh

Stevenson was put into an induced coma and operated on, having suffered a sever, traumatic brain injury.

After three weeks, the Canadian came out of the coma and has been recovering in private ever since.

Now, his promoter Yvon Michel has given a very positive update on his current condition.

Adonis Stevenson held the WBC light-heavyweight title from 2013-2018

Michel told media before a press conference this week: “I have conversations with Adonis as I had before his accident.

“He moves alone, he eats well. He spends weekends at home [and weekdays at a rehab centre].

“What I am told is that there is still room for improvement, but it is very, very well supervised with therapy at the level of memory or at the physical level. It’s good in there

“It’s beyond anything I could ever think of after seeing him in a coma in Quebec.”

Michel also declared that he believes Stevenson could be well enough to make a public appearance soon.

This would be a remarkable feat, given how bleak his situation looked only a few months ago.

Adonis Stevenson latest: Wife reveals boxer is speaking again in new update

2 Jan

Adonis Stevenson’s wife has revealed that her husband has spoken for the first time since being hospitalised after his defeat to Oleksandr Gvozdyk.

The boxer was put into an induced coma and operated on after being KO’d by the Ukrainian on December 1.

Oleksandr Gvozdyk knocked out Adonis Stevenson in the eleventh

Three weeks later, Stevenson came out of the coma, and his brother stated he had started to move his arms and legs, seeming to recognise family members.

Now, his wife Simone God says he has uttered his first few words since suffering the severe, traumatic brain injury.

“It gives us hope a lot,” she told Journal de Montreal.

‘Sisi’ previously posted on social media about how video messages of support from other boxers had brought a smile to Adonis’ face for the first time since the incident.

He is understood to be at the beginning of a road to recovery and will likely endure long-term implications of the injury.

Adonis Stevenson latest: Injured boxer’s wife gives positive update after showing him messages of support

1 Jan

Adonis Stevenson’s wife Simone God has revealed that she’s seen her husband’s smile for the first time since he suffered a severe, traumatic brain injury on December 1.

The 41-year-old was put into an induced coma and operated on following his defeat to Oleksandr Gvozdyk in which he was knocked out in the eleventh round.

Positive messages from fellow champions returned the smile to Adonis Stevenson’s face

On December 22, Simone explained that Adonis had emerged from the coma, though just days later his brother Pierre spoke publicly to explain he would likely make slow progress on the road to recovery.

Now, in a positive update, Stevenson’s wife tweeted to explain that he is smiling once again – thanks to a compilation of videos made from various boxing figures wishing him well.

The WBC – specifically their president Mauricio Sulaiman – have been gathering messages and this campaign appears to have had an effect.

Simone God has been by Adonis Stevenson’s side throughout the ordeal

“Thank you for all the love from all around the world and the videos that all the boxers made for Adonis,” said Simone.

“I played it for him last night and he took my phone. He was so happy, I saw that smile again.”

You can see some of the videos below.

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Adonis Stevenson latest: Family reveal boxer is moving arms and legs after waking from coma and believe he can recognise them

27 Dec

Adonis Stevenson’s brother has spoken publicly about ‘Superman’s’ condition for the first time since he suffered his knockout loss to Oleksandr Gvozdyk on December 1.

The 41-year-old light-heavyweight champion was put into an induced coma and operated on after suffering a severe, traumatic brain injury during the defeat.

Oleksandr Gvozdyk knocked out Adonis Stevenson in the eleventh

His wife posted a statement last week to reveal that he has now awoken from this coma, though the healing process is seemingly a slow one.

“Things are getting better,” his older brother Pierre told LaPresse.

“He is in the waking stage and we have started to have more interactions. We can have a look with him. There is a contact.

“He no longer needs a mask to breathe. He does new things every day. He can sit down. He raises his arms and legs.

“He seems to recognise us, although I can not say 100 per cent. We do not know what’s going on in his head.”

Adonis Stevenson held the WBC light-heavyweight title from 2013-2018

Doctors previously explained Stevenson had a good chance of survival, but is likely to suffer lasting effects as a result of the injury.

“He has gone from a critical state to a healing process, if we can call it that,” continued Pierre.” Only time will tell how he can recover.

“The doctor reminded us of the case of a patient who had to be severely handicapped and who works normally today. It all depends on the individual.

“What’s good about my brother is that he’s an athlete. Recovery is easier. But we can not go faster than time.”

Earlier in 2018, Adonis Stevenson endured a twelve-round battle with Badou Jack, which was ruled a draw

As well as his family, Stevenson has been able to rely on the backing of his promoter Yvon Michel and adviser Al Haymon since the incident.

Older brother Pierre has been happy to see that his champion has not been forgotten by business associates, despite suffering a career-ending injury.

“Yvon Michel has been a great support,” he continued.

“Al Haymon has a representative on site in Quebec since the beginning.

“He watches over Stevenson. I am pleasantly surprised to see how, even in difficult times, there is this support.

“This person is still there every day until today. Wow. It’s class.”

Adonis Stevenson update: Boxer given good chance of survival, but long-term consequences likely

5 Dec

Adonis Stevenson has been given a “good chance” of survival following his knockout defeat to Oleksandr Gvozdyk on Saturday night.

The 41-year-old’s doctors held a press conference and issued an in-depth statement on Wednesday, declaring that he will likely have to deal with long-term consequences as a result of his injuries.

Adonis Stevenson was knocked out by Oleksandr Gvozdyk in the eleventh round

Stevenson suffered a severe traumatic brain injury after reportedly collapsing back in his dressing room after the fight.

The Canadian underwent surgery later that night and has remained in an induced coma since.

His condition has been described as “stable, but critical” and – although it is too early to produce a long-term prognosis – doctors told reporters that he will likely have to deal with long-term effects of the injury, should he survive.

The written statement from Adonis Stevenson’s doctors

Adonis Stevenson update: Positive news from boxer as condition improves from ‘critical condition’ towards ‘stable’

3 Dec

Adonis Stevenson is improving in hospital, having initially been in a “critical condition” following his KO defeat to Oleksandr Gvozdyk on Saturday night.

The 41-year-old now-former WBC light-heavyweight champion lost his belt to the Ukrainian mandatory challenger and is understood to have collapsed in his dressing room afterwards.

Oleksandr Gvozdyk knocked out Adonis Stevenson in the eleventh

He was then taken to intensive care and his promoter Yvon Michel revealed the severity of his situation, however Michel has now updated to say the recovery is progressing positively.

“The state of Adonis has gone from critical towards stable from yesterday to today which is a relatively good news,” the promoter Tweeted, “He is in controlled sedation to facilitate his recuperation.

“His family, his wife Simone and Groupe Yvon Michel would like to thank the many people who have taken the time to send comforting messages.

“New information will be published has we get it. No other comments will be made until then.”

Before his defeat to Gvozdyk, Stevenson was the longest-reigning champion in boxing, a title now held by WBC minimumweight king Wanheng Menayothin.

Boxer Adonis Stevenson remains in a critical condition in hospital after 11th-round knockout defeat by Oleksandr Gvozdyk

2 Dec

Adonis Stevenson remains in a critical condition in hospital following his knockout defeat by Oleksandr Gvozdyk in Saturday’s WBC light-heavyweight world title fight.

The Canadian collapsed in his changing room after being brutally stopped in the 11th round by Ukraine’s Gvozdyk.

Stevenson lost his WBC light-heavyweight world title

The 41-year-old – nicknamed Superman – was rushed to a nearby hospital, and placed in intensive care.

Giving an update on his condition on Sunday evening, Stevenson’s promoter, Yvon Michel, revealed the 41-year-old remains in a serious condition under “careful medical supervision.”

He wrote on Twitter: From the whole family of Adonis, his wife Simone God and GYM (Groupe Yvon Michel), thank you for your many messages of encouragement and support. #Superman is currently under careful medical supervision of very competent doctors in a controlled environment.”

The World Boxing Council offered their ‘prayers’ for Stevenson’s recovery.

Stevenson famously beat Tony Bellew in 2013 to defend his WBC title.

Defeat to Gvozdyk saw him relinquish the belt after five years.

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora and the biggest boxing matches to look out for in December

30 Nov

December is set to round off 2018 with a mega month of world-class boxing.

The busy pre-festive period begins with a monster meeting between Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury for the WBC heavyweight title and rounds off with a UK PPV clash as Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora II lands on the same night as Josh Warrington vs Carl Frampton.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will meet on December 1 at the Staples Center

In the meantime, pound-for-pound stars Vasyl Lomachenko and Canelo Alvarez will return to action, while Floyd Mayweather prepares for an unusual New Year’s Eve exhibition.

You can read a full rundown of the upcoming boxing schedule below.

December 1: Adonis Stevenson vs Oleksandr Gvozdyk (WBC Light-Heavyweight Title) – Videotron Centre, Quebec, Canada

Canada’s Adonis Stevenson defends his WBC title against Oleksandr Gvozdyk in a fascinating light-heavyweight showdown which will lead into the Wilder vs Fury show. Gvozdyk is finally stepping up to world level, having emerged from the same Ukrainian background as Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk.

December 1: Jarrett Hurd vs Jason Welborn (WBA & IBF Super-Welterweight Titles) – Staples Center, LA, USA

Unified champion Jarrett Hurd tops the Wilder vs Fury undercard and will defend his belts against Britain’s Jason Welborn in a fight intended to get him back in the groove following shoulder surgery. Also on the show, Luis Ortiz and Joe Joyce fight in separate heavyweight bouts and rising light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde returns to action.

December 1: Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury (WBC Heavyweight Title) – Staples Center, LA, USA

The main event on the first day of December will undoubtedly get the month off to a flying start. Can former champion Tyson Fury return to shock the world again, or will current WBC king Deontay Wilder be too much for him on away soil?

December 8: Kell Brook vs Michael Zerafa (Super-Welterweight) – FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield, UK

Amir Khan will be largely talked about during Kell Brook’s appearance on December 8, as he’ll be in attendance to watch his probable next opponent in action. Brook will face Australia’s Michael Zerafa in a contest which should be a formality and set him up for that long-awaited domestic showdown with Khan. Also on the card Jono Carroll fights Guillaume Frenois in a final eliminator for Tevin Farmer and Josh Kelly steps up against David Avanesyan.

Kell Brook has not been in the ring since his win over Sergey Rabchenko in March

December 8: Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jose Pedraza (WBA & WBO Lightweight Titles) – MSG Theater, New York, USA

After a stunning knockout of WBA king Jorge Linares in May, Vasyl Lomachenko had to undergo shoulder surgery. However, the now three-weight world champion doesn’t do tune-up returns and so is jumping straight in with WBO ruler Jose Pedraza for a lightweight unification. On the undercard, Isaac Dogboe defends his WBO super-bantamweight title against Emanuel Navarrete.

December 14: Gilberto Ramirez vs Jesse Hart II (WBO Super-Middleweight Title) – Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

Mexico’s Gilberto Ramirez’s frustrating career path continues with a rematch against Jesse Hart, who he beat at the end of last year. The American has in fairness become mandatory challenger to force a second fight, but 2018 feels like another year wasted for Ramirez, who has not yet truly stamped his mark on the super-middleweight division.

December 15: Daniel Dubois vs Razvan Cojanu (Heavyweight) – Brentwood Centre, Essex, UK

Rising British heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois will face former world title challenger Razvan Cojanu in a nice step up bout. The Romanian lost to two top-level operators in Joseph Parker and Luis Ortiz in his last two outings.

December 15: Canelo Alvarez vs Rocky Fielding (WBA ‘Regular’ Super-Middleweight Title) – MSG, New York

The most astonishing fight announcement of the year undoubtedly came when it was confirmed that Britain’s Rocky Fielding would face Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez. Fresh off his majority decision win over Gennady Golovkin, Canelo decided to return quickly and conquer a new weight class, though Fielding will attempt to defy the odds and prevent this. Tevin Farmer will defend his IBF super-featherweight title against Francisco Fonseca on the undercard, which also features David Lemieux in a middleweight contest.

Canelo Alvarez is moving up to fight Rocky Fielding

December 22: Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora II (Heavyweight) – O2 Arena, London, UK

In 2016, Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora clashed in more ways than one. The rival London heavyweights went to war outside of the ring, but made up for it by doing the same inside the ring and producing a compelling bout which Whyte won by split decision. Now, both coming off impressive wins in July, the pair will attempt to recreate their firefight of two years ago. Also on the bill, Charlie Edwards challenges Cristofer Rosales for the WBC flyweight title.

December 22: Josh Warrington vs Carl Frampton (IBF Featherweight Title) – Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK

For the first time in British boxing history, two major PPV shows will clash as Josh Warrington defends his featherweight belt in a cracking match-up with Carl Frampton on the same night as the Whyte vs Chisora rematch. Following his tremendous upset win over Lee Selby, the Leeds man will jump straight back into another big fight, putting his new title at stake against former world champion Frampton. Two interesting middleweight bouts are also on the show as Mark Heffron faces Liam Williams and Martin Murray meets Hassan N’Dam.

December 22: Jermall Charlo vs Willie Monroe Jr (Middleweight) – Barclays Center, New York

WBC ‘interim’ middleweight champion Jermall Charlo will co-headline this show with his twin brother – and WBC super-welterweight champion – Jermell Charlo. Jermall faces middleweight contender Willie Monroe Jr, while Jermell defends against Tony Harrison. Nordine Oubaali and Rau’shee Warren will likely face off for the vacant WBC bantamweight belt on the undercard.

The Charlo brothers will share a card

December 30: Ken Shiro vs Saul Juarez (WBC Light-Flyweight Title) – Ota-City Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan

This traditional Japanese New Year’s show will be a triple-header with Ken Shiro defending his WBC light-flyweight belt against Saul Juarez, Masayuki Ito defending his WBO super-featherweight belt against Evgeny Chuprakov and Takuma Inoue facing Petch Sor Chitpattana for the WBC ‘interim’ bantamweight strap.

December 31: Donnie Nietes vs Kazuto Ioka (WBO Super-Flyweight Title) – Wynn Palace, Macau, China

Filipino Donnie Nietes is already a three-weight world champion and was hard done by not to become a four-weight king earlier this year. Nietes drew with Aston Palicte in a bout for the vacant WBO super-flyweight belt, but will now get a second shot against Kazuto Ioka on this Macau NYE show. Also on the card, Hekkie Budler will defend his WBA light-flyweight title against Hiroto Kyoguchi.

December 31: Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan

This bizarre bout is apparently back on again, though we’re still not 100 per cent sure of the rules, let alone the weight class or any other solidified information regarding the bout.

Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa faced off at a press conference

Usyk v Bellew: Adonis Stevenson wants Tony Bellew rematch if Brit can beat Oleksandr Usyk

6 Nov

Adonis Stevenson has already issued a challenge to Tony Bellew, claiming he wants to fight him for the cruiserweight titles IF he can get past Oleksandr Usyk.

The 35-year-old has insisted his clash with the undefeated Ukrainian on Saturday will be his last professional fight, where he will look to win all four of the cruiserweight titles.

'I will knock him out again' - Adonis Stevenson wants to fight Tony Bellew in Britain after Bomber's victory over David Haye
Stevenson wants to beat Bellew again at cruiserweight

Back in 2013, Bellew was a light-heavyweight and went to Canada to challenge ‘Superman’ Stevens for the WBC title. However, he came up short and was stopped in the seventh round.

Although he recovered from the loss, the Liverpool-native has always wanted to avenge the loss and Stevenson may finally give him the chance.

“I don’t have anything against Bellew but I do know he always talks ****, though,” Stevenson exclusively told Sky Sports.

“I love that about him, but I would like it if he wins. If he does win, I can fight him up at cruiserweight and beat him as a cruiserweight for the titles.

Usyk has made history at the cruiserweight level

“If I can fight for all four belts, I would like it. I would prefer to fight for them at catchweight, but I am the lineal champion at light-heavyweight, so I would like four more belts.”

The 41-year-old is looking to successfully defend his title for the tenth time on December 1 against another unbeaten Ukraine fighter, Oleksandr Gvozdyk.

Although Stevenson believes he will get another knockout victory to his name, he does not feel his former foe has enough to beat the fearsome Usyk.

“Bellew is a good boxer, a very intelligent boxer,” said Stevenson.

Bellew and Usyk pose for a picture at their press conference before their November 10 fight

“When I boxed him I saw that. He is a good boxer, had good movement and he can put pressure on. He is a sneaky boxer as well but I do believe Usyk has the edge. He does everything well and he is a good technical boxer, too, and plus he is a southpaw.

“But Bellew is bigger and I think he should fight Usyk on the inside. I don’t think it’s easy for Usyk because he is still learning.

“He has to pull and push him, make him feel like it’s a new experience. If he doesn’t and stays outside to box Usyk, it’s not good.

“He is a southpaw and like me, he can box.

“Usyk has the edge. He won the big World Boxing Super Series tournament and I think he will give Bellew the ‘L’.”