Corrie Sanders

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Not to be confused with Corey "T-Rex" Sanders, another heavyweight boxer with a similar name..
Corrie Sanders
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Statistics
Real name Cornelius Johannes Sanders
Nickname(s) The Sniper
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Nationality South African
Born (1966-01-07)7 January 1966
Pretoria, South Africa
Died 23 September 2012(2012-09-23) (aged 46)
Pretoria, South Africa
Boxing record
Total fights 46
Wins 42
Wins by KO 31
Losses 4
Draws 0
No contests 0

Cornelius Johannes "Corrie" Sanders (7 January 1966 – 23 September 2012) was a South African professional boxer. In 2003 he became the WBO heavyweight champion by defeating Wladimir Klitschko via a second-round knock out that is considered one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight boxing history and was named Ring Magazine upset of the year 2003.

He died in a hospital in the early hours of 23 September 2012[1] after being shot during an armed robbery.[2][3]

Professional career[edit]

Sanders began his boxing career with a first round knockout of King Kong Dyubele on 2 April 1989.

He won his first 23 bouts, 15 by knockout. Among the fighters he defeated during that streak were Steve Zouski, Art Card, future WBO cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson, and future world title challenger Bert Cooper.

In his 24th bout, on 21 May 1994, he suffered his first defeat, at the hands of Nate Tubbs via a second round knockout.

He fought 12 more times over the next five years, including a first round knockout over former world cruiserweight champion Carlos De León and a second round knockout over another former world champion, Bobby Czyz. A stoppage loss to future heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman in a bout Sanders was winning confirmed his ability and also his vulnerability. Returning to the ring in 2001 he scored a quick win over Michael Sprott and then followed this up with a defeat of Otis Tisdale in 2002. Corrie Sanders' biggest weapons were his southpaw fast hands that he used to knock fighters out early.

Winning the WBO heavyweight title[edit]

Despite the fact that he had fought only three rounds in the last two years, the World Boxing Organization sanctioned a challenge to their heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. On 8 March 2003, Sanders provided a stunning upset in Hanover, Germany, by dropping Klitschko four times to snatch the Ukrainian's belt by a second-round knockout.

Losing a title shot against Vitali Klitschko[edit]

Sanders vacated the WBO title in December 2003 so that he could concentrate on a challenge for the vacant WBC belt. The fight took place on 24 April 2004, against Wladimir's older brother, Vitali. He was stopped by Vitali in the eighth round of a fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Eight months later, Sanders knocked out Alexei Varakin in the second round of a contest in Soelden, Austria on December 2004. He briefly retired after that bout.

Sanders returned to action after two years in November 2006 to score a second round stoppage win over the Australian heavyweight champion Colin Wilson at the Convention Centre in Mmbatho. He had signed with Golden Gloves Promotions, and won another bout in South Africa against Brazilian Daniel Bispo in May 2007. His last bout, of the South African heavyweight title, was a loss to Osborne Machimana, a bout he took despite being injured beforehand. The official time was 2:41 of round one. It took place in the Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. His final record stands at 42-4 with 31 Knockouts.

Death[edit]

Corrie Sanders was fatally shot in an armed robbery at a restaurant on 22 September 2012. The shooting took place in Brits, where a function was being held for his nephew's 21st birthday. Sanders was wounded in the stomach. He was taken to hospital in Pretoria, where he died in the early hours of 23 September 2012 of his wounds.[4]

Sanders' widow Suzette Sanders said Corrie died a hero, diving to protect his daughter from oncoming bullets.[5] On Thursday, 27 September 2012, three men were arrested by North West police in the Oukasie informal settlement near Brits and charged with the murder of Sanders. At the first location, two suspects were apprehended and police recovered a cellular phone, vehicle key, purse and cash stolen during the robbery in which Sanders was shot to death. Police then went to a second address and a third suspect was arrested, and recovered a handbag stolen in the robbery.[6] The three men arrested are ages 27, 25, and 19.[7] The trial was postponed until August, 2013, as investigators attempt to locate the gun used in the crime based on the fourth suspect involved, who is currently serving a 30 year sentence in Zimbabwe for killing a police officer.[8]

Professional boxing record[edit]

42 Wins (31 knockouts, 11 decisions), 4 Losses 0 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Rounds Date Location Notes
Loss 42–4 South Africa Osborne Machimana TKO 1 (12) 2 February 2008 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Denver, Gauteng, South Africa For South African Heavyweight title.
Win 42–3 Brazil Daniel Bispo UD 10 12 May 2007 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Denver, Gauteng, South Africa Sanders suffered an injury to his left hand in the first round.
Win 41–3 Australia Colin Wilson TKO 2 (10) 24 November 2006 South Africa Convention Centre, Mafikeng, North West, South Africa
Win 40–3 Russia Alexey Varakin KO 2 (8) 14 December 2004 Austria Freizeit Arena, Soelden, Austria Varakin down twice in both the 1st and 2nd round.
Loss 39–3 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko TKO 8 (12) 24 April 2004 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States For vacant WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 39–2 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko TKO 2 (12) 8 March 2003 Germany Preussag Arena, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany Won WBO Heavyweight title. Named The Ring magazine Upset of the Year for 2003. Klitschko down 4 times, twice in first 1, and twice in round 2.
Win 38–2 United States Otis Tisdale TKO 2 (10) 9 November 2002 United States Coca-Cola Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 37–2 United Kingdom Michael Sprott TKO 1 (8) 3 November 2001 South Africa Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa
Loss 36–2 United States Hasim Rahman TKO 7 (12) 20 May 2000 United States Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Lost WBU Heavyweight title.
Win 36–1 United States Alfred Cole TKO 1 (12) 19 February 2000 South Africa Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa Retained WBU Heavyweight title.
Win 35–1 Spain Jorge Valdes TKO 1 (12) 2 July 1999 United Kingdom Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom Retained WBU Heavyweight title.
Win 34–1 United States Bobby Czyz TKO 2 (12) 12 June 1998 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Retained WBU Heavyweight title.
Win 33–1 United States Ross Puritty UD 12 15 November 1997 South Africa Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa Won vacant WBU Heavyweight title.
Win 32–1 United States Arthur Weathers TKO 1 (10) 7 February 1997 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Both fighters down.
Win 31–1 United States Olian Alexander TKO 2 (10) 12 September 1996 United States Huntington Hilton Hotel, Melville, New York, United States
Win 30–1 United States Sean Hart TKO 2 (10) 20 August 1996 United States MSG Theater, New York, New York, United States
Win 29–1 United States Curtis Shepard KO 1 (10) 20 July 1996 South Africa Morula Sun, Mabopane, North-West, South Africa
Win 28–1 United Kingdom Keith Fletcher KO 4 (10) 26 January 1996 United Kingdom Brighton, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Win 27–1 United States James Pritchard TKO 4 (10) 5 August 1995 United States Lujan Building, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 26–1 Kazakhstan Nikolay Kulpin UD 10 1 April 1995 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa
Win 25–1 United States Garing Lane PTS 8 24 September 1994 United Kingdom Wembley, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 24–1 Puerto Rico Carlos De Leon TKO 1 (10) 13 August 1994 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 23–1 United States Nate Tubbs TKO 2 (10) 21 May 1994 South Africa Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa
Win 23–0 United States Mike Williams KO 1 (10) 19 March 1994 South Africa Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa
Win 22–0 United States Marshall Tillman TKO 6 (10) 5 February 1994 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 21–0 United States Levi Billups KO 1 (10) 6 November 1993 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa
Win 20–0 United States George Stephens TKO 1 (10) 4 September 1993 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 19–0 United States Bert Cooper TKO 3 (10) 6 June 1993 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 18–0 United States Matthew Brooks TKO 1 (10) 17 April 1993 United States Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, United States
Win 17–0 United Kingdom Johnny Nelson UD 10 24 October 1992 South Africa Morula Sun, Mabopane, North-West, South Africa
Win 16–0 United States Mike Evans UD 10 22 August 1992 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa
Win 15–0 United States Mike Dixon PTS 8 9 May 1992 United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–0 United States Anthony Wade UD 10 22 February 1992 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa
Win 13–0 United States Art Card TKO 1 (10) 23 November 1991 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa
Win 12–0 United States Mike Rouse UD 10 28 September 1991 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa
Win 11–0 South Africa Johnny DuPlooy KO 1 (12) 27 July 1991 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa Won vacant South African Heavyweight title.
Win 10–0 United Kingdom Steve Gee TKO 4 (8) 6 April 1991 United Kingdom Dolphin Centre, Darlington, County Durham, England, United Kingdom
Win 9–0 United States Steve Zouski UD 8 8 November 1990 United States Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 8–0 South Africa Moses Mthama TKO 1 (6) 4 August 1990 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa
Win 7–0 Mexico Jorge Vilchis KO 1 (8) 23 May 1990 South Africa First National Bank Arena, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Win 6–0 South Africa Weaver Qwabe TKO 1 (8) 29 March 1990 South Africa Portuguese Hall, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 5–0 South Africa Samson Mahlangu TKO 3 (6) 9 September 1989 South Africa Morula Sun, Mabopane, North-West, South Africa
Win 4–0 South Africa Gideon Hlongwa TKO 3 (6) 5 August 1989 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa
Win 3–0 South Africa David Malatsi TKO 1 (4) 27 May 1989 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa
Win 2–0 South Africa Prince Tukane PTS 4 24 April 1989 South Africa Goodwood Showgrounds, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Win 1–0 South Africa King Kong Dyubele TKO 1 (4) 2 April 1989 South Africa Good Hope Centre, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former heavyweight champ Corrie Sanders killed in South Africa". Fox News. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  2. ^ "Corrie Sanders Shot, Later Dies From The Injuries - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  3. ^ "Corrie Sanders". The Daily Telegraph (London). 5 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Location Settings (2010-08-07). "Corrie could have been saved - family". News24. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  5. ^ "The Citizen Online | Ring hero Sanders killed - Local News". Citizen.co.za. 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  6. ^ http://news.iafrica.com/sa/818657.html
  7. ^ "Sanders case postponed". The New Age. 
  8. ^ Ngoepe, Karabo; Chabungu, Boitumelo (2013-03-16). "New obstacle in Corrie Sanders murder case". iolnews. 

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Preceded by
Wladimir Klitschko
WBO World Heavyweight champion
8 March 2003 - December 2003 (vacated belt)
Succeeded by
Lamon Brewster