While Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder undoubtedly lived up to expectations - it’s surely a contender for the best fight of 2018 - Saturday evening was sadly marred by news that Adonis Stevenson was left in a critical condition following his WBC light heavyweight title fight against Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
The 41-year-old - who held the WBC and lineal light-heavyweight titles for over five years - suffered only the second defeat of his career at the Videotron Centre in Quebec.
The fight was shown live on pay-per-view in America, ahead of the Fury v Wilder bout, and boxing fans were understandably left deeply worried after news of his condition following the knockout emerged.
Many people took to social media to express their sympathies for the Haitian-Canadian fighter.
World Boxing Council also wished the veteran boxer well, tweeting: "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.”
Footage of the knockout looked rather innocuous at the time.
Although Stevenson was left slumped in the corner of the ring following a flurry of punches from Gvozdyk, it wasn’t immediately obvious that he was in trouble.
Watch the final seconds of the bout here…
Three days on from the ill-fated fight and doctors have now released a statement about Stevenson’s condition - and unfortunately, it’s worrying.
Per talkSPORT’s Michael Benson, Stevenson suffered a ‘severe traumatic brain injury’ and underwent surgery following Saturday’s fight.
He remains in an induced coma, where his condition is described as “stable, but critical”.
Benson goes on to explain that doctors have told the press that while he has a ‘good chance of survival’, long-term consequences ‘are likely’.
Heartbreaking. It just shows what a cruel sport boxing can be at times.
You can read the doctors’ statement here, via WorldBoxingNews.net…
"At the request of family, the CHU de Québec-Université Laval (CHU) wishes to review the state of health of Mr. Adonis Stevenson.
“After a boxing event on Saturday night, Mr. Stevenson was admitted to Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus following an altered level of consciousness from a traumatic brain injury.
“Mr. Stevenson underwent surgery on the night of Saturday to Sunday. He has since been admitted to the intensive care unit. He suffers from severe traumatic brain injury.
“His situation is still stable under the circumstances, but critical,” said Dr. Alexis Turgeon, a specialist physician in intensive care medicine at Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus of the CHU de Québec-Université Laval.
“His condition requires mechanical respiratory assistance, deep sedation and specialized neurological monitoring. It is too early to comment on Mr. Stevenson’s long-term prognosis,” said Dr. Turgeon.
“I urge the media to be very cautious about distributing medical information that does not come from an official medical source,” said Dr. Turgeon.
"Mr. Stevenson’s family thanks supporters for their many messages of empathy and support over the past few days.
"They want to be at the bedside of Mr. Stevenson and ask everyone to respect their privacy.
"As agreed with Mr. Stevenson’s family, please note that no further comments will be made.
Until further information emerges, boxing fans will continue to wish Stevenson all the best with his recovery.News Now - Sport News