South African police have arrested three Zimbabwean suspects for the murder of former world heavyweight boxing champion Cornelius “Corrie” Sanders, who died on Sunday after being shot by the armed robbers.
Sanders (46), was shot in the hand and stomach at a family member’s 21st birthday gathering at a restaurant in Brits, North West province.
The suspects are due to appear before magistrates in Brits, 80 km northwest of Johannesburg, on Monday on charges of murder and armed robbery.
“The police confiscated a cellular phone, vehicle key, purse and cash that were allegedly robbed during the robbery and belong to the victims,” police said.
Sanders, nicknamed “The Sniper” because of his fierce left-hand punch, won the World Boxing Organization heavyweight title in 2003 with the surprise knockout of Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko.
He lost only four of his 46 professional fights.