Former world light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson is in good condition two years after suffering an injury in his bout against Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine. When Stevenson returned to the locker room after the loss, he began to feel dizzy and was taken to a local hospital. Doctors discovered that he was suffering from a severe traumatic brain injury. He was immediately rush into surgery that night. The next morning, Stevenson was in critical condition in intensive care. The following Monday he was put into an induced coma. The boxer remained in an induced coma for three weeks before waking up.
Doctors feared Stevenson would never be the same again, but miraculously he has made an excellent recovery. In an interview with the Canadian sports network RDS, Adonis commented: “I feel very happy and grateful with life. God is on my side. There are people who are surprised that I have recovered from such a difficult injury. There are always consequences when you have a concussion. The important thing is to continue working for a successful rehabilitation. It is very important to continue working on my memory.”
At the 2019 World Boxing Council convention, Stevenson was named the Champion of Hope. “This belt that the WBC gave me means a lot to me. I want to help people who have suffered concussions. I have this belt so I can give a message to people who have these kinds of problems. God brought me back to help. Boxing saved my life and I am grateful for this,” Stevenson said.