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Adonis Stevenson and the Long Road Ahead

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

In a brutal sport with boxers like heavyweight Magomed Abdulsalamov and former world middleweight champion Gerald McClellan living on in a damaged state, former world light heavyweight champion Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson may ultimately prove to be one of the lucky ones. At age 41, Stevenson, 29-2-1, 24 knockouts, Blainville, Quebec, probably will never not fight again. However, Stevenson might make a substantial recovery.


Details have been slow to come by. What is known about Stevenson is that after suffering a degree of brain injuries which put him into a medically induced coma for three weeks against Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Stevenson getting knocked out at 2:49 of the eleventh round on December 1, 2018. Stevenson lost his World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight title and is out of sight. Ahead on the judges’ scorecards, Stevenson, if he had gotten up, would have had to win the twelfth and final round to retain his title on a majority draw.

Stevenson is not out of mind, though. Two months later, Stevenson, who can see, hear and speak, was talking again, and was able walk unassisted. How deep his therapy and recovery process has thus far remained a Canadian mystery. Listed as inactive on BoxRec, it would appear unlikely at this point Stevenson will ever box again. Stevenson has, despite the odds, recovered rapidly beyond the point where someone in boxing receiving an injury of this type and nature could be expected to recover.


Occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, daily living therapy, there is no precedent or press conference for professional boxing world champions whose physical conditions crumbles into the ‘forgotten twilight zone’ of boxers, whereby a name in the public eye becomes a speck of forgotten dust lost into boxing historical obscurity. Precisely where Adonis Stevenson is on his road to recovery remains a question mark. A determined warrior in everything he does, Stevenson has his work cut out for him on the road ahead to recovery, wherever it leads him, and to the extent he can recover it is probably still too early to tell.

The photo provided by his girlfriend Sisi shows Stevenson in February, two months after his last bout. By June, six months after his loss, Adonis’ progress should be clearer. We at Real Combat Media wish Adonis Stevenson the very best of good progress in 2019. With the fighting heart of a world champion Stevenson has, perhaps he will have the chance to recovery his mind, body and soul. The world is watching and praying for Stevenson.

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.