Former WBO heavyweight champion “The Sniper” Corrie Sanders died early this morning at the age of 46 from gunshot wounds suffered last night during an armed robbery at a restaurant in his hometown of Pretoria, South Africa.
The 6-foot-4 Sanders, who retired in 2008 with a 42-4 record with 31 knockouts, took a bullet in the hand and stomach while celebrating his nephew’s 21st birthday.
“Corrie didn’t try anything heroic, he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. They shot him in the stomach. There was also a wound in his arm,” an eyewitness said.
In one of the biggest upsets in the annals of boxing, Sanders floored the legendary Wladimir Klitschko three times before knocking the mammoth Ukrainian onto Queer Street to earn a second round triumph at the Preussag Arena in Hanover, Germany.
The slugging southpaw was known as a solid man in a sport loaded with seedy lowlifes.
In an ideal world, Sanders would have had an opportunity to savagely slaughter the murderous thugs with his bare hands.
Sadly, this is not a Utopian society and the likable Corrie Sanders will never see his killers or another day.by