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Vitali Klitschko praises Sanders

2012-09-24 12:01

Berlin - Heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko has paid tribute to South African boxer Corrie Sanders who died on Sunday after being shot in an armed robbery.

"Corrie Sanders was the most difficult opponent I ever fought," the 41-year-old World Boxing Council (WBC) champion told Germany's Sport Bild Plus.

Sanders beat Vitali's younger brother, Wladimir, by technical knock-out in Hanover, Germany in 2003 when he stopped the Ukrainian in the second round in a major upset to win the WBO heavyweight title.

He fought Vitali Klitschko a year later in Los Angeles for the vacant WBC heavyweight title, but lost by a technical knock-out in the eighth round.

"Corrie was fast, could give and take a punch. His style was very dangerous and did not suit me. I was very pleased to be able to win this fight," Vitali Klitschko said.

The Klitschko brothers expressed condolences on their Facebook page on Sunday after hearing of Sanders' death.

"We were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Corrie Sanders and we want to express our sincere condolences to his family," they said.

"We will remember Corrie as a great person both inside and outside the ring. He was a great fighter with a big heart who always positively represented the sport of boxing."

Sanders, 46, was shot in the stomach and hand while attending a family celebration at a restaurant at Brit near Pretoria on Saturday evening. He was taken to hospital where he died early Sunday.

South African news reports Monday said Sanders had been at his nephew Michael's 21st birthday party at the Thatch Haven Restaurant when four armed men stormed in randomly shooting.

According to SAPA news agency, the former boxing champion was at the entrance to the venue, making his way to the buffet, when the shooting started.

Eyewitnesses said Sanders had told his daughter Marinique, 15, to get down and play dead and was covering his daughter when he was shot.

Police brigadier Thulani Ngubane told South African news media a search was continuing for the gunmen in a murder inquiry.

SAPA

Comments
  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-24 12:24

    This is a tradgedy that should never of happend! The eyses of the world will now see just what a crime ridden place this is and how the powers that be,sit back and do nothing. Even if that catch the filth that did this,they will be out in 10 years. We need a justice system which actually has the b@lls to hand out the sentences befitting these senseless deaths! Public hanging is a good place to start. My condolences to Corries family.

      thato.seloane - 2012-09-24 12:37

      Shirley get off your high horse, this tragedy could have happened in Russian as well

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-24 13:04

      no thato in russia these sort of bastards are sent to jails in siberia. If your leave your cell you are schackled. you are not allowed to walk upright and must always face the floor. They do not go free after ten years. The president of russia does not release prisoners like Zuma. Time that you okes start to get on a horse and think.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-24 13:38

      thato: You are a troll!

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-09-24 14:08

      The fact is thato, it didn't happen in Russia! It happened in this beautiful but crime infested country of ours!

      thereevos - 2012-09-24 15:49

      Thato you dumb zot.

      thereevos - 2012-09-24 15:49

      Thato you dumb zot

      DraganTrenk - 2012-09-24 16:55

      THATO-Are you one of those who shot him? Get civilized,moron.It,s happened here,HERE.. every minute,by certain type.

  • jason.m.nelis - 2012-09-24 12:34

    Hence why I currently live in Ire.........

  • jannie.pieterse.98 - 2012-09-24 13:16

    My condolences to Corrie's family. A very sad day......he was only 46. RIP.

  • thato.seloane - 2012-09-24 13:57

    Troll, lol' Shirley come on now,you can insult me with more words

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-24 15:59

      You are not even worth 1!

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-09-24 18:29

      Hey Thati, maybe you should try smiling in your profile pic instead of looking like a grumpy old fart. P.S. Carlton Banks from Bel Air phoned, he wants his baby blue sleeveless cardigan back.

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-24 21:59

      @thato Shut your stinking fat trap before I do for you. What a moron you are. SA is top 3 in the world for violent crime with an absolute joke for a goverment doing ZERO about it

  • thato.seloane - 2012-09-24 13:59

    @henk, please elaborate further when you say "you okes"

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-09-24 14:13

      When did I say anything about "you okes"? Please read my post again before trying to start something that could have stayed!

      slick.hounder - 2012-09-24 14:36

      Thato people like you should be very wary of your comments, cause these just may come back to bite you in the arse. If not yours someone near and dear to you. Perhaps you are indeed one of the Killers ? Show yourself^in public and ill be right there, you &^%$#*(&!!!!

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-09-24 14:40

      @ Slick, don't resolve to these lows man. It's not worth it. He kept quiet after reading my post, because he realized that baiting without facts isn't worth it. Relax and enjoy your Holiday boet!

      anele.kunene.52 - 2012-09-24 15:24

      ''Time that you okes start to get on a horse and think''....not that i agree with Thato's trolling, but you did say it Henk... :-)

      jake.thesnake.3950 - 2012-09-24 17:42

      @ Thato & Anele: There are two Henks. Pay attention now!

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-09-24 15:10

    corie my hero i am so sory WE WILL BE CHAMPS AGAIN RIP

  • theo.dupreez - 2012-09-24 17:15

    Really a sad day for all our boxing lovers and SA as a whole. But let us not see it isolation. Fifty murders per day and 150 rapes per day! I say we have to urge the government to turn around the spate of violence. If the answer is to bring back the death penalty, so be it.

      jw.parsons.7 - 2012-09-24 19:53

      Theo , i couldn't agree more!

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-09-25 06:05

    Please don't feed thato the troll he is just a little boy with a small piepie that is seeking attention his mother & father don't give him.

  • qtip.ngonyama - 2012-09-25 09:42

    @thereevos I was as proud of Corrie and what he did for this country as anyone but i don't think he would be happy if anyone called another human being a "dumb zot" in his name under any circumstances. Lets not fight amongst ourselves instead let's fight to put an end to all these senseless killings.

  • qtip.ngonyama - 2012-09-25 09:42

    @thereevos I was as proud of Corrie and what he did for this country as anyone but i don't think he would be happy if anyone called another human being a "dumb zot" in his name under any circumstances. Lets not fight amongst ourselves instead let's fight to put an end to all these senseless killings.

  • qtip.ngonyama - 2012-09-25 09:49

    @thereevos I was as proud of Corrie and what he did for this country as anyone but i don't think he would be happy if anyone called another human being a "dumb zot" in his name under any circumstances. Lets not fight amongst ourselves instead let's fight to put an end to all these senseless killings.

  • brian.macaskill.1 - 2012-09-25 16:33

    I have lived in the UK for some time but I have a strong feeling that I will not be in any kind of hurry to return to S.A. Such a pity that because of its seriously negative reputation for crime I am no longer comfortable with promoting S.A. to UK friends as the greatest tourist destination on the planet. How is it possible that its gone so seriously wrong that you cant go for a family meal without thinking that an attack is a strong possibility !!

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