Adonis Stevenson vs Oleksandr Gvozdyk
Canadaian 175lb WBC champion, 41 year old Adonis Stevenson, makes the 10th defence of his title, taking on undefeated Olympic bronze medallist, Ukrainian, Oleksandr Gvozdyk. Stevenson takes on Gvozdyk in his home country, coming off a hard fought draw against former WBC 168lb champion, Vegas based Swedish fighter, Badou Jack, coming from the brink of defeat, to rally late, hurt Jack, and keep his belt. Gvozdyk comes off an underwhelming UD win over 36 year old Frenchman, former European champion, Mehdi Amar.
Stevenson starts fast, but Gvozdyk is able to have his way for the early-mid rounds, hurts Stevenson, and appears to score a knockdown which the referee misses, Stevenson has his own success, but doesn't sustain it, and Gvozdyk is more consistent, Stevenson does rally later, appears also to score a missed knockdown, but in round 11, Gvozdyk hurts him badly, inflicts a beating, and finishes Stevenson off brutally, landing a jarring right hand against a vulnerable Stevenson to finish the fight.
Gvozdyk beats Stevenson by stoppage, wins the WBC title, puts himself in the mix amongst the best in his division, Stevenson is defeated for only the 2nd time in his career, losing his title.
After 10 rounds, Stevenson was ahead, one card had the fight even at 95-95, another had Stevenson in a slight lead at 96-94, whilst a third scored Stevenson ahead by a lot, 98-92, he was called 'criminal' by Gvozdyk's hotheaded trainer, Teddy Atlas, after the fight.
Tragically, Adonis Stevenson collapses in his dressing room after the fight and is rushed to hospital, he is in intensive care for a day, he does later gain stability and seems likely to live, but days after the fight, he is diagnosed with a severe traumatic brain injury. Stevenson's family thank thousands of concerned boxing fans and fighters for their support, but ask for people to respect their privacy.
3 weeks after the fight, Stevenson wakes up from his coma.