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Former boxing champ Sanders shot and killed in South African hold-up

Published time: September 23, 2012 12:05
Edited time: September 23, 2012 16:05
Former WBO heavyweight champion, Corrie Sanders (Reuters / Lucy Nicholson)

Former WBO heavyweight champion, Corrie Sanders (Reuters / Lucy Nicholson)

Former heavyweight boxing world champion Corrie Sanders has died of wounds he received during an armed robbery at a South African restaurant.

­Sanders was celebrating his daughter’s 21st birthday in the city of Brits in the north-west of the country when a group of three robbers entered the restaurant.

The perpetrators opened erratic gunfire, from which the boxer received stomach and arm wounds.

The 46-year-old was taken to hospital, but the doctors were unable to save his life.

Sanders finished his boxing career back in 2008, with a record 42 wins (31 KOs) and four defeats.

The South African became the WBO champion in 2003, knocking out the current top heavyweight in the world, Wladimir Klitschko, to create one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

The following year, he fought the elder Klitschko brother, Vitaly, but lost by TKO.

New WBO heavyweight champion Corrie Sanders of South Africa (L) hits Wladimir Klitschko (R) during their fight in Hanover March 8, 2003 (Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch)
New WBO heavyweight champion Corrie Sanders of South Africa (L) hits Wladimir Klitschko (R) during their fight in Hanover March 8, 2003 (Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch)
U.S. Referee Genaro Rodriguez (C) counts out Wladimir Klitschko after a first knock down as Corrie Sanders of South Africa (L) celebrates during the first round of their WBO heavyweight champion fight at the Preussag Arena in Hanover March 8, 2003 (Reuters / Christian Charisius)
U.S. Referee Genaro Rodriguez (C) counts out Wladimir Klitschko after a first knock down as Corrie Sanders of South Africa (L) celebrates during the first round of their WBO heavyweight champion fight at the Preussag Arena in Hanover March 8, 2003 (Reuters / Christian Charisius)
Former champion Wladimir Klitschko (R) points on new WBO heavyweight champion Corrie Sanders of South after WBO title fight at the Preussag Arena in Hanover on March 8, 2003 (Reuters / Christian Charisius)
Former champion Wladimir Klitschko (R) points on new WBO heavyweight champion Corrie Sanders of South after WBO title fight at the Preussag Arena in Hanover on March 8, 2003 (Reuters / Christian Charisius)

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