Gerrie Coetzee

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Gerrie Coetzee

South African former boxer add

Category: Boxing

Born in 1955.

Countries: United States (57%), South Africa (21%), (21%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Larry Holmes, Tim Witherspoon, Muhammad Ali

Linked to: World Boxing Association




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Gerrie Coetzee was born in 1955 add something


The first major boxing event in South Africa to change the face of sports in apartheid South Africa was the fight between Bob Foster and Pierre Fourie on 1 Dec 1973 add something


Coetzee started boxing professionally on the night of 14 September 1974, when he beat 19 fight veteran and fellow South African Christian Roos by a decision in four add something


The first multiracial SA title fights were held at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg on 27 November 1976 when Gerrie Coetzee and Elijah 'Tap Tap' Makhatini became undisputed champions add something


Mixed bouts between South Africans were legalised in 1977, but the last vestiges of the colour bar disappeared only two years later when the system of white, black and supreme titles was abolished add something


The WBA insisted Coetzee could not face Holmes, despite the fact Holmes had been recognized as the best heavyweight in the world since 1978 add something


He achieved notoriety when as a huge underdog he gave a spirited challenge to Larry Holmes in 1979 add something


Leon Spinks - Spinks's next fight, his only one in 1979, was at Monte Carlo, where he was knocked out in the round one by future WBA world heavyweight champion Gerrie Coetzee


John Tate (boxer) - He captured the vacant WBA title on October 20, 1979 by defeating Gerrie Coetzee by decision, succeeding Muhammad Ali, who had relinquished the title that summer


Weaver duly traveled to South Africa in 1980 to defend his title against Coetzee, fighting in front of a very large crowd add something


The fight was KO Magazine's "Upset of The Year" for 1983 add something


On 23 September 1983 in front of a crowd in the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio and a HBO Boxing audience, Coetzee dominated Dokes after a few rounds of even fighting add something


The loss to the rather limited Bey along with his being handled and defeated by former Holmes challenger Tim Witherspoon for the vacant World Boxing Council title in 1984 seemed to underscore Page looked the part of dominant heavyweight more than fought like one add something


There was much talk about a unification bout with the recognized best fighter in the division and now International Boxing Federation Champion, Holmes, in 1984, and a contract was duly signed add something


Larry Holmes - Holmes signed to fight Gerrie Coetzee, the WBA Champion, on June 15, 1984 at Caesar's Palace


After that fight, he announced his retirement, but came back twice during the 1990s, winning by knockout in three against both Dave Fiddler and Wes Turner in 1993, and winning against Dan Komiscki in three add something


Greg Page (boxer) - His professional record was 58-17-1 with 48 knockouts, defeating Gerrie Coetzee, Jimmy Young, James "Quick" Tillis, Renaldo Snipes, Alfredo Evangelista, Scott LeDoux, James Broad, James "Bonecrusher" Smith, and Tim Witherspoon in an exceptionally long career, and was a regular sparring partner for Mike Tyson, famously knocking the champ down in a 1990 session


Iran Barkley - His last fight of note was a June 1997 win for the bogus WBB world heavyweight title, a bout in which Barkley retired former world heavyweight champion Gerrie Coetzee with a 10th round TKO. Barkley 'retired' in 1999 after losing a bout in Mississippi by sixth round stoppage to Keith McKnight