Wladimir Klitschko rescued from burning yacht in Spain

Wladimir Klitschko
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Former boxing heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is lucky to be alive after his yacht caught fire in Mallorca, Spain on Monday.

Klitschko detailed this harrowing ordeal in a recent post to Twitter, complete with a short video.

“Be careful what you wish for,” Wladimir Klitschko wrote in his Twitter post (h/t Sporting News).

“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 and friends being evacuated by coast guard and fire rescue team.

“No worries: we are all fine!”

Spain’s Maritime Rescue Service verified to The Associated Press that it did respond to an emergency call involving nine people on Monday, but could not confirm that the boxer and his compatriots were the ones being rescued.

Wladimir Klitschko has not fought since April of 2017, when he was stopped in the eleventh round of a back-and-forth war with Anthony Joshua, who has since relinquished the title he won that night. In his next most recent bout, the Ukrainian heavyweight lost a decision to “The Gypsy King” Tyson Fury, who is still the lineal champion.

After these back-to-back losses, Klitschko retired from boxing with a 64-5 overall record. He competed in a whopping 29 world title fights.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/25/2019.