“I’ve Been on the Losing Side in My Sport” – Wladimir Klitschko Reacts to England’s Win Over Ukraine in Euro Cup

Published 07/05/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 28: Tyson Fury in action with Wladimir Klitschko during the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Boxers like Derek Chisora and Tyson Fury have taken their support for England’s “it’s coming home” dream to the internet. The UEFA Euro 2020 cup has now become a point of discussion even in the boxing community. However, apart from English pugilists, even Wladimir Klitschko pitched in. The former Ukrainian heavyweight champ recently congratulated the English soccer team for securing a 4-0 victory against the Ukraine team.

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“It didn’t go in the direction I wanted, but that’s sports. I’ve been on the losing side in my sport, as you all know, especially you, English fans,” Klitschko compared Ukraine’s loss to England to his own defeats against two iconic British heavyweights – Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

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“It’s not about losing, it’s about giving it all and coming back even stronger. We all love comebacks, don’t we?!” he added a message of inspiration as he hopes to see the Ukraine team climb the ranks again.

Tyson Fury does not hold back

Wladimir Klitschko’s humble response and acknowledgment of his own defeats against Fury and Joshua came soon after Tyson Fury took his reaction to England’s 4-0 victory over Ukraine to Instagram.

‘The Gypsy King’ took a not-so-subtle dig at the former heavyweight champion of the world by comparing England’s victory over Ukraine with his own victory in 2015. Fury’s iconic 2015 victory over the Ukraine-native marked an end to a 10-year reign and robbed Klitschko of his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and Ring heavyweight belts.

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Klitschko has faced three British boxers in his career. While he secured a win against Haye in 2011, he subsequently lost to the other two. With Fury and Joshua putting the last seal on Wladimir Klitschko’s decade-long reign, today’s heavyweight division is more active than ever before.

Tyson Fury is now on track to compete with Deontay Wilder for the third time. Anthony Joshua will now go up against another Ukraine native, Oleksandr Usyk, who is now training with Vasyl Lomachenko’s father.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 29: Anthony Joshua (White Shorts) catches Wladimir Klitschko (Grey Shorts) with a right hand upper cut in the 11th round of their IBF, WBA and IBO Heavyweight World Title bout at Wembley Stadium on April 29, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

As for England’s road to Euro 2020 victory, only time will tell if it’s actually “coming home“. However, England’s presence in the competition means that there will be a lot of soccer banter among the top boxers over the next few days.

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Sanjit Misra

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