Corrie was tremendous - Lewis

2012-09-25 16:26

Johannesburg - Former world heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis has hailed South African heavyweight boxer Corrie Sanders as a "tremendous fighter".

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The former WBO champion Sanders died on Sunday morning after being shot when a group of armed men entered the restaurant where he was celebrating the 21st birthday of his nephew with other family members in Brits, North West.

Lewis, the former undisputed heavyweight champion from Britain, said he was stunned "by the tragic death of my friend Corrie Sanders."

"He was (a) tremendous fighter inside the ring and a great man outside of it. The world's boxing fraternity has lost a brother, an ally, and a voice in South Africa," Lewis said.

Current heavyweight titleholders Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko also paid tribute to Sanders on Monday.

Sanders, who was 46, was one of only three men to beat Wladimir Klitschko when he knocked out the younger Klitschko brother in the second round for a shock victory to claim the WBO title in Germany in 2003. He was stopped by Vitali for the vacant WBC belt in 2004 after an eight-round battle in Los Angeles.

"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," the Ukrainian brothers said in a joint statement.

Police had yet to make any arrests by Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses said Sanders had lain down in front of his teenage daughter to protect her from the bullets when he was shot.


  • louwhan.hoffmann - 2012-09-25 16:39

    A man like Lewis to recognise such a great national and obviously international icon. How could have no medical insurance or how was the family not able to pull string to take him to the closest private clinic. I donĀ“t judge just wonder. Sad and R.I.P to a person who was by all means a fantastic role model.

  • willem.rademeyer.9 - 2012-09-25 16:42

    @#$%&* barbarians! All these people against the death penalty; PLEASE tell me why Corrie Sanders' killers should not get the death penalty. I would REALLY like to know!

      fishycraig - 2012-09-26 02:35

      Because torture would be a better option.

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-25 16:56

    Corrie Sanders was surely a great boxer and very humble. Sad to loose such a man.

  • herman.booysen2 - 2012-09-25 17:19

    This in the same week , the Police have announce a decline in crime. What a joke, met this wonderful character in the gym about 15 year ago and was always amazed about his humbleness and calmness. My condolences

      sebenza.vanrooy - 2012-09-25 17:52

      decline doesn't mean stopping.

  • wacky.anderson - 2012-09-26 11:48

    we bid farewell to a gladiator and hero of the square ring . there are few heavyweights in our country . what a tragic loss . condolences to the family . his memory will live long with us

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