By Xavier Porter | December 2, 2018 | Brooklyn, NY
Last night, on Showtime Boxing, ahead of the PPV WBC heavyweight championship match-up between Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury, 41-year-old WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson stepped back in the ring in the Centre Videotron at Quebec City to make another defense of his title.
The Haitian-born Stevenson (29-2-1, 24 knockouts) was making an impressive tenth defense of his title, against a young, hungry lion in the Ukraine’s Oleksandr Gvozdyk. What took place has drastically reshaped the light heavyweight division and the lives of both men.
Gvozdyk dismantled the former champion for eleven brutal rounds, landing hard punches from all angles, ultimately knocking out Stevenson in the eleventh round. The knockout victory may be a highlight reel of Gvozdyk’s performance in the ring but it came at the expense of sending the former champion to hospital, who was taken to the intensive care unit.
At this time, Stevenson is in a medical induced coma. This is Gvozdyk’s sixteenth win, with thirteen coming by way of stoppage. Will this victory have any bearing on the continuance of the career of a man who’s a stablemate of lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and unified cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk?
The 31-year-old Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KOs) captured the WBC heavyweight championship and now has options of where he can take his career. Gvozdyk’s win changes the entire landscape of the light heavyweight division with Dmitry Bivol and Eleider Alvarez as the recognized world champions in the division.