Former Heavyweight Champion Corrie Sanders Shot and Killed in South Africa


Corrie Sanders, best known for his stunning second round knockout of Vladimir Klitchko, has been shot and killed in South Africa.  Corrie was attending a family member’s 21st birthday party when three gunmen, in an apparent robbery, shot indiscriminately, hitting Sanders in the hand and Stomach.  He died in the hospital in Pretoria, the Capital City.  Although not well-known, he finished his professional career with a record of 42-4.  He had good hand speed for a heavyweight, was a southpaw which caused all kinds of headaches and possessed good power.  He took the Klitchko fight on short notice and was a 40-1 underdog.  His upset win thrust him in to the spotlight.  Sanders lost the following year to Vladimir’s brother Vitali for the vacant WBC title which Vitali still holds today.  In a sport that leaves so many casualties of their own making, Corrie Sanders was one of the good guys.  He bowed out gracefully and moved on with his life.  Boxing is a sport of controlled and skilled violence and it’s therefore ironic that he lost his life to senseless, indiscriminate violence.  Rest In Peace Corrie Sanders.

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