User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Golf
Auto
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Klitschko: Nobody beat me like Corrie did

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko paid tribute to late boxer Corrie Sanders on Thursday, saying the South African made him the fighter he is today.

Advertisement
Klitschko said his shocking second-round knockout against Sanders to lose his WBO title in 2003 was pivotal in his later dominance of the heavyweight division.

Sanders died last weekend after being shot by robbers during a family celebration at a restaurant in a small town in northern South Africa.

``The loss against him changed a side of my character tremendously, it made me tougher and it made me better,'' the younger Klitschko brother told Eyewitness News radio in Germany. ``Without my experience with Corrie I wouldn't be the same way.''

Sanders' emphatic defeat of Klitschko nearly a decade ago is one of only three professional defeats for the Ukrainian, who holds the WBA, IBF and minor WBO and IBO belts, and hasn't lost a fight in eight years.

``Before and after the Corrie Sanders fight, nobody beat me the way he did,'' Klitschko said.

Sanders' death in a hospital hours after being shot by armed men who burst into his nephew's 21st birthday celebration on Saturday led to condolence messages from many South African sports stars, television personalities and entertainers.

Klitschko brothers Vitali and Wladimir and former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis also talked of their sadness at the loss of the popular southpaw, who was 46.

Sanders was shot in the arm and stomach as he tried to shield his teenage daughter during the robbery.

``The boxing world will remember Corrie as a heavy hitter and a good man. I have nothing bad to say about Corrie at all,'' Wladimir said.

Three suspects were arrested in connection with Sanders' murder on Thursday. His funeral will be held Monday.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Could Pacquiao be in cards for Mayweather?
Mayweather dominates Maidana in rematch
Quigg retains super bantamweight title
Chuvalo says boxing lacks excitement
Tyson spews vulgarities at Canadian host
Mayweather discusses Ray Rice situation
Mike Tyson comes to Rob Ford's defense
Any publicity is good for Mayweather
Pacman has Algieri next, Floyd out there
MORE HEADLINES
 
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest