RIP Corrie Sanders
September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized
I was shocked when I read the news yesterday about Corrie Sanders’ untimely death. While I’m not very big on boxing, there are still some legends of the sport that I still follow and I can’t wait for the likes of Lewis, Tysen and Hollyfield to return. These were all great fighters that were known even by those who have never seen a boxing bout in their lives.
Less known, but just as astute as the above mentioned trio as a fighter, was Corrie Sanders. Corrie was a fighter in the true essence of the word. I don’t know if it was due to his nationality of because of his personality, but he wasn’t a fighter that was able to draw the big crowds and huge TV coverage. He also was known as one of the hardest hitters in the sport. This, combined with his limited marketability, made him a high risk low reward opponent. You stand a chance of getting punched out of your socks for twelve rounds (Or connect with the floor in two rounds) and you wont get paid much for your trouble.
In 2000, Sanders fought Hasim Rahman and lost by a technical knock-out in the seventh round. Both men were struck down in the third round and Rahman managed to down Corrie in the fourth round as well. After the fight Rahman, who beat Lennox Lewis in 2001 for the title, had this to say: “I’ve never been hit like that in my life!”
These were the words of a man who have fought against the best there was.
A while back I did a post on my greatest sporting memories.http://blogs.sport24.co.za/gertbloues/2012/05/08/sporting-moments-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-part-one/ Corrie’s fight against Wladimer Klitschko also featured in this post. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqEANlBbhsA
Corrie Sanders was shot during a robbery at a restaurant in Brits on Saturday evening. He succumbed to his wounds early on Sunday morning. According to his wife, the last she saw was when he dove to protect his daughter. He whispered in his daughter’s ear that she must pretend that she is dead. He was found laying over her by the paramedics.
My condolences to anybody who knew this legend personally and I hope that his final act can give you peace after his horrible death.
Corrie was a man who made us proud to be South African on numerous occasions, but he died in a manner that made us less proud of our country.