Former WBO champion Corrie Sanders shot dead in robbery
Corrie Sanders, who defeated Wladimir Klitschko in 2004 to win the WBO heavyweight title, has died after being shot by robbers at a restaurant while attending a family celebration.
The South African became a worldwide phenomenon following his shocking victory over Wladimir Klitschko. Corrie Sanders’ victory is considered to be one of the biggest upsets in the history of boxing. Corrie Sanders, a former WBO and WBU champion was 46 years old when died.
Reports have confirmed that Corrie Sanders was shot in the hand and stomach at a restaurant in Brits, South Africa. Corrie Sanders was attending a birthday party of his family member on Saturday night when robbers raided the restaurant and fatally injured him. Corrie Sanders passed away on Sunday morning in a hospital in Pretoria.
Police Brigadier Thulani Ngubane later informed that three armed men entered the restaurant with intentions of robbing the place. They shot randomly at people inside the restaurant and unfortunately one of them happened to be Corrie Sanders.
The police report stated that the robbers took away a mobile phone and a bag from one of the customers. No arrests have been made yet, but a murder investigation has been opened by the police.
Corrie Sanders was renowned for his lightening fast punches and his huge frame. The 6-foot-4 South American recorded an impressive 20 year long professional boxing career. Corrie Sanders is considered to be one the popular boxers in history.
Corrie Sanders hung up his gloves in 2008 with a record of 42-4 and 31 knockouts. Undoubtedly, Corrie Sanders’ biggest victory was defeating Wladimir Klitschko. Corrie Sanders’ powerful punches dominated and destroyed Wladimir Klitschko in the ring.
The Pretoria born faced the first of his four defeats against Nate Tubbs in South Africa on May 21, 1994. From here onwards Corrie Sanders defeated the best boxers in the world without a single defeat till May 20, 2006 when he fought against Hasim Rahman.
On March 8, 2003 Corrie Sanders defeated Wladimir Klitschko. Soon afterwards a match between Corrie Sanders and Wladimir Klitschko’s older brother Vitali Klitschko was scheduled. The match that took place at Staples Center, USA on April 24, 2004 resulted in Corrie Sanders third defeat.
Corrie Sanders decided to retire from boxing after losing to Osborne Machimana on February 2, 2008. Corrie Sanders began his professional boxing career in 1989 with a first-round TKO of King Kong Dyubele. Interestingly, 18 of the 31 Corrie Sanders’ knockouts came in the first-round.