West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko calls out Ukrainian pundit for fight 3 years ago

West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko calls out Ukrainian pundit for fight

Imagine Andros Townsend challenging Paul Merson to a fight

It would be very funny. You can imagine it now, Merson says something unusually uninformed about the winger's performances on the television and a furious Townsend takes massive offence. It would be box office, and very funny.

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Now imagine West Ham United's Andriy Yarmolenko challenging a Ukrainian pundit to a fight. Yeah, got it? Well you don't have to imagine it because it has actually happened.

The former Borussia Dortmund man was disappointing during West Ham's 1-0 defeat and was subsequently criticised by Ukrainian pundit Wladimir Kobelkov.

Rather than simply accept the criticism, Yarmolenko - who has enjoyed a promising start to his Premier League career - decided to instead call the fella out for a fight, presumably for a Queensberry rules bout.

Yarmolenko then bigged up his fighting credentials by telling everyone how many fights he had taken part in as a child.

"In my youth, I fought a lot," said Yarmolenko to Ukrainian television channel Xsport. "There were wins and there were losses. It’s normal for a boy, for a man."

"I want to announce my next fight. I don’t want to listen to that Kobelkov any longer. I want to call him out for a fight and get my revenge on all those things he’s said on air. I’m waiting for an answer."

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So, in summation, we want this fight to happen and we want to watch it.