Sport : Boxing

Boxing mourns Sanders

23rd September 2012, 11:44am

Corrie Sanders: Murdered in native South Africa

Corrie Sanders: Murdered in native South Africa

South African heavyweight Corrie Sanders, who beat Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBO world title in 2003, has died after being shot during a robbery.

Sanders caused a major shock when he inflicted a second-round knockout defeat on Klitschko in Hanover nine years ago.

He gave up the belt later in the year and lost in eight rounds to the Ukrainian's brother Vitali Klitschko for the WBC title in Los Angeles in April 2004.

North West Police Brigadier Thulani Ngubane told Press Association Sport that gunmen entered a restaurant in the town of Brits where 46-year-old Sanders was attending his nephew's birthday celebrations.

Brigadier Ngubane said: "I can confirm Corrie and his family were celebrating his nephew's birthday, turning 21, and enjoying a meal last night. In the midst of the celebrations, at about 7.45pm in the evening, about three suspects came in.

"They were planning to commit an armed robbery. Then in the armed robbery they shot randomly. Corrie was shot in the hand and also the stomach.

"They fled with a digital camera and also a handbag of one of the people who was in the restaurant."

Sanders was rushed to Kalafong hospital but died "in the early hours of the morning", Brigadier Ngubane said.

There have been no arrests in the case, he added, but stated police are "in hot pursuit".

Boxing Videos

    Rumble remembered

    Rumble remembered

    30-October-2014

    It's 40 years since the Rumble in the Jungle between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman and Colin Hart brought us back to one of the most iconic sporting moments of all time.

    No love lost

    No love lost

    30-October-2014

    There was no love lost between Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly on the Ringside set.

    Another big British night

    Another big British night

    30-October-2014

    Eddie Hearn says November 22 will be huge with Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly headlining an action-packed bill in Liverpool.

    Cleverly: I’ll beat him again

    Cleverly: I’ll beat him again

    30-October-2014

    Nathan Cleverly reminds us how he beat Tony Bellew once - and how he will beat him again!

    Sky Bet

    Facebook Favourites