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In a sad reminder of the dangers of combat sports, former WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson was hospitalized following an 11th round KO loss to Oleksandr Gvozdyk in Quebec City, Canada. Originally listed as being in critical condition on Saturday night, Stevenson was placed in a medical coma and has since been upgraded to stable.
”The state of Adonis has gone from criticism to a shift towards stability from yesterday to today which is, under the circumstances, good news,” promoter Yvon Michel wrote in French on Twitter. “He regains his strength in controlled sedation. All his family, his wife Simone and Groupe Yvon Michel warmly thank the many people who take the time to send comforting messages.
Initially placed under observation for six hours, Stevenson’s condition appears to have deteriorated to the point of resorting to an artificial coma, which may be induced for anesthetic purposes, in cases of hematoma or cerebral hemorrhage, to reduce pressure on the brain and reduce pain during the treatment phase.
A health professional who requested anonymity then explained to RDS.ca that the available information is too fragmented and that any comment on Stevenson’s state of health or possible consequences is pure speculation for the moment.
The loss to Oleksandr Gvozdyk was just the second of the 41 year old Stevenson’s career and first since 2010. Gvozdyk was considered a stiff test for Stevenson, and the two went back and forth across a hard fight that saw them both land uncounted knockdowns before a final violent exchange in the 11th.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 2, 2018
Here’s hoping we can update you with positive news over the next few days.
It’s too bad they didn’t suspend Chuck Liddell indefinitely before his knockout loss to Tito Ortiz, but hey, California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) is running a business and the recently-unemployed “Iceman” is trying to earn a living.
If Liddell, 48, plans to fight again, he’ll need to apply for reinstatement in “The Golden State,” because as a general rule, stateside commissions practice reciprocity, so what stands in California is law just about everywhere else.
Here is the complete list of injuries and medical suspensions for those fighters competing at the inaugural Golden Boy MMA pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend in Inglewood, courtesy of our friends at MMA Fighting.
Chuck Liddell: Suspended indefinitely, see California commission; minimum suspension of 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact due to KO loss
Tito Ortiz: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to left shoulder, left knee
Efrain Escudero: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to right hand
Gleison Tibau: Suspended 60 days or until cleared by physician for laceration to left eyelid; recommend fight weight of at least 165lbs.
Walel Watson: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exception due to KO loss
Abert Morales: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exception due to hard bout
Joe Roye: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to left foot #5 digital toe
Craig Wilkerson: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to left leg, left eardrum; minimum suspension of 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact due to hard bout
Dave Terrel: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to right jaw; minimum suspension of 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact due to hard bout
With the exception of Liddell, most of the above fighters will be able to return to combat sports action much quicker once doctors give them the green light. The lengthy suspensions are just a precaution in most cases.
Both CSAC and promoter Oscar de la Hoya came under fire for allowing Liddell to compete. While “The Iceman” passed his medicals, it was clear once the action got underway that the once-great light heavyweight champion had no business being inside the cage, where he suffered his fourth straight knockout loss.
And to quote UFC President Dana White (of all people), “Told ya’ so.”