Lem Satterfield

Lem’s latest: Sanders died protecting his daughter

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A manhunt is ongoing for the three gunmen deemed responsible for the death of former WBO heavyweight titleholder Corrie Sanders, the talented South African southpaw whose second-round knockout of Wladimir Klitschko was among the sport’s major upsets in 2003.

Sanders, 46, died early Sunday in Pretoria, South Africa, after being shot by robbers at a restaurant during a  robbery gone bad at a family member’s 21st birthday party.

Police Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said that Sanders was killed as a result of three armed men entering the venue Saturday night in Brits, in South Africa’s North West province, with the apparent intention to robbing it.

According to at least one report
, Sanders lay across his 15-year-old daughter, Marinique, while the robbers were shooting randomly, and had whispered to her pretend she was dead.

Click here for Sanders’ upset of Klitschko

JOE SMITH CONTINUES KNOCKOUT RUN

Long Island light heavyweight Joe Smith dropped Yasin Rashid four times during Saturday night’s third-round knockout for his fifth straight win, rising to 11-1, with 11 stoppages at The Resorts World Casino. Rashid, of Brooklyn, slipped to 7-3 with two KOs.

BOYD MELSON RETURNS TO THE RING NEXT MONTH

Popular junior middleweight Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson, of New York City, who donates his entire fight purses to Justadollarplease.org in support of a trial to help cure chronic spinal cord injuries,will fight on the stacked undercard of an Oct. 20 event at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Melson (10-1, 4 KO’s) turns 31 on Oct. 16, and is coming off this past Saturday’s six round decision over Yolexcy Leiva at Resorts World Casino, Queens.

The main event will feature a rematch between RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia  and four-division title-winner Erik Morales, preceded by WBA welterweight belt-winner and Brooklyn native Paulie Malignaggi making the first defense of his belt against Pablo Cesar Cano.

In addition, southpaw former IBF and WBC junior welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander  will challenge IBF welterweight beltholder Randall Bailey, and Brooklyn resident Peter Quillin will face WBO middleweight titleholder Cameroon-born Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, of France, in a clash of unbeaten fighters.

Others on the show are middleweight contender Danny Jacobs, of Brooklyn, Brooklyn-born ex-beltholder Luis Collazo, of Queens, welterweight Dmitriy Salita, of Brooklyn and Bronx-born Honduran junior middleweight Eddie Gomez.

UNBEATEN SELF-PROMOTER SADAM ALI

Welterweight prospect Sadam “World Kid” Ali (15-0, 9 KOs) will headline an Oct. 27 event from his native Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports Complex against Jermaine “Too Sweet” White (17-5, 9 KOs), of Chicago.

A 2008 U.S. Olympian who will be after his third consecutive stoppage win against White, Ali’s World Kid Promotions is presenting the show, which has been dubbed “Rising Olympian Star In The Big Apple.”

Brownsville super middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (22-3, 16 KOs) has been added to the card, which will also feature Colombian cruiserweight Santander “The Demolition Man” Silgado (22-0, 18 KOs), out of Brooklyn, against Gary “Pit Bull” Gomez (19-13-2, 7 KOs).

Photo by Stuart Franklin, Getty Images

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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