Former South African Heavyweight Champion Corrie Sanders Shot And Killed
Retired South African boxer CORRIE SANDERS "was shot and killed Sunday, as he celebrated with family and friends the 21st birthday of his daughter" at a Pretoria, South Africa restaurant, according to SPORT1.de. The former World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Union heavyweight champion "was at Brits restaurant as armed men robbed the place and shot Sanders." A South African police spokesperson said, "They shot and then stole the bag of a guest and the cell phone of the daughter." Sanders' boxing career highlight was his victory against Ukrainian WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO on March 8, 2003 (SPORT1.de, 9/23). Sanders' former boxing Trainer HAROLD VOLBRECHT said, "I took over as his trainer for his first professional fight [against King Kong Dyubele in April '89]. I flew to Cape Town, where Corrie stayed at the time, to watch the fight, and I brought him back with me [to Benoni] afterward. He was like a son to me" (MG.co.za, 9/24). The INDEPENDENT ONLINE wrote that boxer VITALY KLITSCHKO also paid a tribute, saying Sanders had a "dangerous" style of boxing. Klitschko said, "Corrie Sanders was the most difficult opponent I ever fought." Unlike many other South African boxers who moved to the U.S. to further their careers, Sanders chose to stay in South Africa, saying in an interview a few weeks ago that he "never considered leaving." Sanders said, "I loved this country too much to move to the U.S. like other boxers. It might sound strange, but I felt I had more black fans than white. I think the two big sports in the black community are boxing and soccer, and whenever I was out and about, they would stop me and want to chat. That was always very humbling" (IOL.co.za, 9/24).