2003-03-08 Corrie Sanders w rsc 2 Wladimir Klitschko, Preussag Arena, Hannover, Germany - WBO
2003-03-08 Corrie Sanders w rsc 2 Wladimir Klitschko, Preussag Arena, Hannover, Germany - WBO. Referee: Genaro Rodriguez. At the age of 37, no one saw Sanders (225) as a future champion, but after knocking Klitschko (242½) down twice in the opening round and twice more in the second for a stoppage win inside three minutes and 20 seconds the WBO title was his. Klitschko never really recovered from the first knockdown, a thudding southpaw left to the jaw, and after he had been floored for the fourth time with blood pouring from a cut over his left eye the referee called a halt without bothering to pick up the count.
Due to make a defence against Lamon Brewster on 18 October, Sanders handed his belt back early in October 2003 unhappy with the demands the WBO placed on him and Brewster was matched to meet Klitschko in a fight for the vacant title.