Former Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko Rescued from Burning Yacht

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2019

CANASTOTA, NY - JUNE 10:  Boxer Wladimir Klitschko is seen during the parade of champions at the International Boxing Hall of Fame for the Weekend of Champions induction event on June 10, 2018 in Canastota, New York. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)
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Former heavyweight champion boxer Wladimir Klitschko has been rescued from a burning yacht off the coast of Mallorca, Spain. 

The Ukrainian revealed the news via his official Twitter account after being rescued in the early hours of Monday morning:

Klitschko @Klitschko

Be careful what you wish for: fate took my wish for “some #adrenalin” a bit too literally and our boat-trip Sunday night ended up in our boat #igniting and family & friends being evacuated by coast guard and fire rescue-team. No worries: we are all fine! #theroofisonfire #song😱 https://t.co/sGN7xfG5JM

The 43-year-old was aboard the luxury yacht while holidaying in the Mediterranean.

Klitschko has been retired since his 11th-round knockout by Anthony Joshua in 2017, which put his record at 64-5.

That fight was his first since his defeat to Tyson Fury in 2015, in which he lost his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles.

In 2014, American boxer Shannon Briggs (60-6-1) knocked Klitschko into the water in Hollywood, Florida, after pursuing him in a boat while the latter was paddleboarding (warning: contains profanity):

According to BBC Sport, Briggs was hoping for a title fight with Klitschko, but the pair never faced one another in the ring.

The 47-year-old did face the champion's brother, Vitali Klitschko, in 2010, which was the sixth and final defeat of Briggs' career.