Boxer 'The Sniper' Sanders shot dead

PASCAL FLETCHER
Last updated 11:25 24/09/2012
Reuters

Former heavyweight champion Corrie Sanders was killed during an armed robbery in his native South Africa. Andrew Raven reports.

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South African former world heavyweight boxing champion Cornelius ‘Corrie’ Sanders dies after being shot by armed robbers who burst into his nephew’s 21st birthday party.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation reported the death on Sunday.

Sanders, 46, was hit in the arm and the stomach when the robbers raided a restaurant outside the town of Brits in North West province where he and other family members were attending the party, the SABC said on its website.

He was rushed to hospital, but died from his wounds in the early hours of Sunday.

‘‘Three guys walked in and then started shooting - unfortunately Corrie Sanders was wounded in that shooting - and they stole some purses, cellphones and car keys from other people,’’ Johan de Jager, owner of the Thatch Haven Country Lodge restaurant, told the SABC.

Sanders, nicknamed ‘The Sniper’ because of his fierce left, won the World Boxing Organisation heavyweight title in 2003 with a surprise knockout of Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko.

Out of his 46 professional fights, he lost only four.

Tributes poured in on Sunday from admirers and fellow sports stars.

‘‘He was just a fantastic sportsman,’’ former South African rugby captain Naas Botha told eNews Channel Africa.

Police were searching for the robbers.

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