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I fought Tyson Fury, David Haye and got KO’d by Anthony Joshua but none of them punch harder than ‘The Sniper’

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Wladimir Klitschko has been in with some powerful fighters, but none who had heavier hands than Corrie Sanders.

Now retired, Klitschko is considered one of the best heavyweights of all-time and in his second stint as world champion, he reigned unbeaten for ten years.

But in 2003, when he held the WBO heavyweight world title, he came up against South Africa’s Corrie Sanders, otherwise known as ‘The Sniper’.

I fought Tyson Fury, David Haye and was KO'd by Anthony Joshua but 'The Sniper' hit harder than them all | talkSPORT

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Sanders had Klitschko down twice in round one and after putting him down twice again within the first thirty seconds of round two, the referee waved off the contest.

Klitschko has since admitted that Sanders hit him harder than any of the other opponents he faced in his 21-year professional career.

“He was very fast and he had really powerful hands,” Klitschko told The Ring.

“I’ve been in boxing for 25 years and I never fought anybody in this game that punched like Corrie Sanders.”

This is despite the fact that Klitschko has shared the ring with some of the all-time heavy hitters, including David Haye, who the Ukrainian beat by unanimous decision in 2011.

‘Hayemaker’ was unable to regularly close the gap to Klitschko, who was heavyweight champion at the time, and was largely dominated by the Ukrainian who controlled the exchanges.

Haye had success in the third, and pushed for a stoppage staggering his rival with a huge overhand right in the championship round, but Klitschko showed his traditional resilience.

Towards the closing stages of his career, Klitschko then came up against Tyson Fury and lost by unanimous decision in 2015, during what was considered a huge upset at the time.

Fury produced a scintillating boxing masterclass on German soil, completely dominating the Ukrainian in stunning fashion to steal the unified heavyweight world titles.

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