Adonis Stevenson Interview Caps A Great Comeback From Injury in Boxing
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Impossible! What an interview in French! Overall, what a magnificent comeback and triumph of the human spirit against all odds! Only legendary World Boxing Council World Light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson could come back from a medically induced comeback and brain surgery. Adonis Stevenson is not like other fighters is the courage and convictions of his fights, including the fight for his life, which he has won.
Real name Stevenson Adonis, 29-2-1 with 24 knockouts, Blainville, Quebec, Canada, by way of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, fought between 2006 and 2018, and fought in 11 consecutive World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight title bouts. On December 1, 2018, Stevenson’s world got turned upside down when he got knocked out in the eleventh round by challenger Oleksandr Gvozdyk. The result was a traumatic brain injury which left little hope for Stevenson’s recovery. Stevenson’s most difficult fight would be to claw his way to consciousness and reality from the brink of death.
Other than a large scar on his forehead, Stevenson, age 41, ultimately survived over seven months of rehabilitation to relearn how to walk and talk again. His memories intact, his family intact, Stevenson has returned home, with ambitions of an embarking on a new career as a professional boxing trainer in the near future. “Young people who want to learn to box…I am here. I am ready for them!” noted Stevenson.” When I came home, I said my children’s names and they said ‘papa, you remember’. You learn to walk, you learn to eat, you learn a pack of business when you’re in a coma. That’s the hardest thing for me. And I learned, it happened really fast. It’s going well, I’m in shape, it’s good to be back, we take it day by day.”
The attached video interview in French by TVA Sports Canada caps the greatest comeback from an injury of this type in both boxing and professional sports history. Other than the physical scar, Stevenson has made a full medical recovery with all memories and faculties intact. No boxer previously ever made a full recovery from the depths of where Stevenson was, and it was done in under eight months, mostly rehabilitation at a facility during the week, and weekends at home. Stevenson has yet to discuss his loss to Gvozdyk, or make a public boxing appearance. With the heart of a lion, Stevenson will return to ringside soon.