Published On: Tue, Jun 25th, 2019

Wladimir Klitschko rescued from burning yacht as family holiday almost ends in tragedy | Boxing | Sport

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In the early hours of Monday morning, Klitschko, the former unified heavyweight champion, and his loved ones were on their way back from Ibiza when their yacht caught fire.

The crew made an immediate SOS call to the Majorcan coastguard service, who promptly came and rescued all nine passengers on board.

Thankfully, none of the boat’s occupants were hurt by the blaze.

Klitschko revealed the harrowing ordeal in videos on his Twitter and Instagram pages.

“Be careful what you wish for: fate took my wish for ‘some #adrenalin’ a bit too literally,” the Ukrainian wrote alongside a video of the firefighters in the aftermath of the blaze.

“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.”

The 43-year-old later reflected on the near-death experience in a brief interview with local media, in which he thanked the Majorcan fire department for their swift action.

He said: “Thanks to the Majorcan fire department and also to our crew on board.

“Everyone did their best to bring the situation under control and get us ashore as quickly as possible.”

Klitschko has been out of the limelight since his epic heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua at Wembley in April 2017.

The fan-favourite lost a back-and-forth affair via an 11th round TKO but came dangerously close to handing ‘AJ’ his first professional loss.

‘Dr Steelhammer’ hung up his gloves after that unforgettable night at the home of English football but has flirted with the idea of coming out retirement.

But according to his brother Vitali, the Olympian won’t lace up his gloves again unless he receives a staggering £76million payday.

“When the news came that a TV channel had offered $40m (£30.5m) to make a comeback, I called him and asked what was going on,” Vitali told German newspaper Abendzeitung.

“He said: ‘This is an offer that does not really interest me.’ When, a few weeks later, I was talking about an $80m (£61m) offer, I called again and asked: ‘What is the situation now?’

“He said: ‘This is not an offer that changes my mind, maybe I’ll start thinking about it at $100m (£76m).’

“Never say never – and that has not changed in his status as a retired boxer at the moment. One thing is certain: no matter what decision he makes, I will support him 100 percent on his way and stand by him, as we have always done.

“For me, this is how it is: Yes, money is very important in life, but Wladimir needs no money.

“He has earned a lot as a boxer, spent the money well, and has a good career afterwards. The money alone will not motivate him.”

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