History | Jan 07 2019

On This Day: Heavyweight hammer-fist Corrie Sanders born in 1966

Matt Christie pays tribute to the South African bomber who took down Wladimir Klitschko
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HEAVYWEIGHTS don’t hit much harder than Corrie Sanders, the former WBO champion who was killed at the age of 46 in his native South Africa.

On Saturday September 22, 2012 he walked into a restaurant to celebrate his nephew’s birthday but the party was curtailed when armed robbers opened fire. Sanders, who beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2003, was hit in the stomach and later died in hospital.

Born on January 7, 1966 in Pretoria, young Sanders was something of an all-rounder at school, playing cricket and rugby to a high level and in later life he would become a golfer of almost professional standard. He had a successful amateur career, claiming national titles while winning 196 of 200 bouts.