Zimbabweans arrested for boxer Corrie Sanders' murder

  • South African police have detained three Zimbabweans in connection with the murder of former heavyweight world boxing champion Corrie Sanders.

    The 46-year-old South African boxer was shot during an armed robbery while attending his nephew’s 21st birthday at a restaurant near Pretoria. He died in hospital on Sunday from wounds to his arm and stomach.

    The three suspects were arrested near Brits, around 28 miles north west of Pretoria, following a tip-off.

    The Zimbabweans, one aged 19 and two aged 20, are due to appear in court on Monday to be charged with murder and armed robbery.

    Police said goods stolen during the robbery, including a mobile phone, purse and car keys, had also been found.

    Known as "The Sniper", Sanders claimed the World Boxing Organization heavyweight title in 2003 following a surprise win against Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko.

    He retired in 2008, having lost only four out of his 46 fights.