|Real name||Cornelius Johannes Sanders|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
7 January 1966|
Brits, South Africa
|Died||23 September 2012
Pretoria, South Africa
|Wins by KO||31|
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.
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
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
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.
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 Mafikeng. 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.
On 22 September 2012, Corrie Sanders was fatally shot in an armed robbery at a restaurant in Brits, South Africa, where a function was being held for his nephew's 21st birthday. Sanders was taken to a hospital in Pretoria, where he died in the early hours of 23 September 2012 of his wounds. Sanders' widow Suzette Sanders said Corrie died a hero, using his body to protect his daughter from oncoming bullets.
Sanders had been near the entrance of the restaurant talking to his daughter Marinique and a cousin when three robbers entered firing their guns, striking Sanders in the stomach and arm as he moved in front of his daughter to protect her. Sanders was already bleeding from his wounds when he pulled her to the ground and told her to pretend she was dead.
On Thursday, 27 September 2012, following a tip-off, North West police arrested three men in the Oukasie informal settlement near Brits charging them with the murder of Sanders. All three are citizens of Zimbabwe. 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. The trial was initially postponed until August 2013 as investigators attempted 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.
On 11 February 2015, High Court in Pretoria Judge Ferdi Preller sentenced Paida Fish, Chris Moyo and Samuel Mabena each to 43 years imprisonment, of which they have to serve 30, on charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and the unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.
Professional boxing record
|42 Wins (31 knockouts, 11 decisions), 4 Losses 0 Draws |
|Loss||42–4||Osborne Machimana||TKO||1 (12)||2 February 2008||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Denver, Gauteng, South Africa||For South African Heavyweight title.|
|Win||42–3||Daniel Bispo||UD||10||12 May 2007||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Denver, Gauteng, South Africa||Sanders suffered an injury to his left hand in the first round.|
|Win||41–3||Colin Wilson||TKO||2 (10)||24 November 2006||Convention Centre, Mafikeng, North West, South Africa|
|Win||40–3||Alexey Varakin||KO||2 (8)||14 December 2004||Freizeit Arena, Soelden, Austria||Varakin down twice in both the 1st and 2nd round.|
|Loss||39–3||Vitali Klitschko||TKO||8 (12)||24 April 2004||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States||For vacant WBC Heavyweight title.|
|Win||39–2||Wladimir Klitschko||TKO||2 (12)||8 March 2003||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||Otis Tisdale||TKO||2 (10)||9 November 2002||Coca-Cola Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||37–2||Michael Sprott||TKO||1 (8)||3 November 2001||Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Loss||36–2||Hasim Rahman||TKO||7 (12)||20 May 2000||Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Lost WBU Heavyweight title.|
|Win||36–1||Alfred Cole||TKO||1 (12)||19 February 2000||Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa||Retained WBU Heavyweight title.|
|Win||35–1||Jorge Valdes||TKO||1 (12)||2 July 1999||Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Bristol, Avon, England, United Kingdom||Retained WBU Heavyweight title.|
|Win||34–1||Bobby Czyz||TKO||2 (12)||12 June 1998||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Retained WBU Heavyweight title.|
|Win||33–1||Ross Puritty||UD||12||15 November 1997||Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa||Won vacant WBU Heavyweight title.|
|Win||32–1||Arthur Weathers||TKO||1 (10)||7 February 1997||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Both fighters down.|
|Win||31–1||Olian Alexander||TKO||2 (10)||12 September 1996||Huntington Hilton Hotel, Melville, New York, United States|
|Win||30–1||Sean Hart||TKO||2 (10)||20 August 1996||MSG Theater, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||29–1||Curtis Shepard||KO||1 (10)||20 July 1996||Morula Sun, Mabopane, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||28–1||Keith Fletcher||KO||4 (10)||26 January 1996||Brighton, Sussex, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||27–1||James Pritchard||TKO||4 (10)||5 August 1995||Lujan Building, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||26–1||Nikolay Kulpin||UD||10||1 April 1995||Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||25–1||Garing Lane||PTS||8||24 September 1994||Wembley, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||24–1||Carlos De Leon||TKO||1 (10)||13 August 1994||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||23–1||Nate Tubbs||TKO||2 (10)||21 May 1994||Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||23–0||Mike Williams||KO||1 (10)||19 March 1994||Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||22–0||Marshall Tillman||TKO||6 (10)||5 February 1994||The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||21–0||Levi Billups||KO||1 (10)||6 November 1993||Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||20–0||George Stephens||TKO||1 (10)||4 September 1993||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||19–0||Bert Cooper||TKO||3 (10)||6 June 1993||Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||18–0||Matthew Brooks||TKO||1 (10)||17 April 1993||Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||17–0||Johnny Nelson||UD||10||24 October 1992||Morula Sun, Mabopane, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||16–0||Mike Evans||UD||10||22 August 1992||Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||15–0||Mike Dixon||PTS||8||9 May 1992||Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–0||Anthony Wade||UD||10||22 February 1992||Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||13–0||Art Card||TKO||1 (10)||23 November 1991||Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||12–0||Mike Rouse||UD||10||28 September 1991||Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||11–0||Johnny DuPlooy||KO||1 (12)||27 July 1991||Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa||Won vacant South African Heavyweight title.|
|Win||10–0||Steve Gee||TKO||4 (8)||6 April 1991||Dolphin Centre, Darlington, County Durham, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||9–0||Steve Zouski||UD||8||8 November 1990||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||8–0||Moses Mthama||TKO||1 (6)||4 August 1990||Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||7–0||Jorge Vilchis||KO||1 (8)||23 May 1990||First National Bank Arena, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Win||6–0||Weaver Qwabe||TKO||1 (8)||29 March 1990||Portuguese Hall, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||5–0||Samson Mahlangu||TKO||3 (6)||9 September 1989||Morula Sun, Mabopane, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||4–0||Gideon Hlongwa||TKO||3 (6)||5 August 1989||Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||3–0||David Malatsi||TKO||1 (4)||27 May 1989||Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||2–0||Prince Tukane||PTS||4||24 April 1989||Goodwood Showgrounds, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa|
|Win||1–0||King Kong Dyubele||TKO||1 (4)||2 April 1989||Good Hope Centre, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa|
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|WBO World Heavyweight champion
8 March 2003 - December 2003 (vacated belt)