Stevenson’s Fiancee Provides Update

Prior to Christmas, Adonis Stevenson’s fiancee announced that Stevenson had awaken from a three-week coma following a Dec. 1 knockout.

After losing his WBC Light Heavyweight Championship in upset fashion with an 11th round knockout to Oleksandr Gvozdyk. Stevenson had nine straight title defenses before the loss.

Simone told The Montreal Journal of the scene in the locker room when she could tell something was very wrong with Stevenson.

“Yvon Michel [Stevenson’s promoter] came to show Adonis the judges’ scorecards, telling him that he was leading on points before the KO,” Stevenson’s fiance said. “I saw the eyes of Adonis. Yes, there was pain and acceptance of defeat, but there was more. Dr. Fontaine asked him how he felt, if he had a headache. Adonis said he was okay. But he was hot and he decided to go take a shower.

“When he came back from the shower, he did not feel well. I saw it. Then he went to the bathroom and I followed him. He took a towel to cool off, and there he told me with an anguished voice: ‘Babe, I’m not okay at all, I have a headache.’ I had a tight chest, I knew he was really hurt, it was serious.”

Since waking from the coma, Stevenson has been disconnected from the artificial respirator but cannot speak. He was given a tracheostomy to ensure his breathing, according to Stevenson’s fiance.

“He manages to communicate with me,” Stevenson’s fiance said. “If he seems to have an itch near the nose, I’ll scratch it a little. I’ll ask him if that’s what he wants. He answers with a very slight nod to say yes, or no if it is not. He can move his arms. Except that a movement towards his face can represent the effort of a whole day. But he recognizes me, and for me, it’s wonderful. I was so afraid that he would not recognize me when he wakes up.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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