Gerrie Coetzee

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Name: Gerrie Coetzee
Alias: The Boksburg Bomber
Birth Name: Gerhardus Christian Coetzee
Hometown: Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Birthplace: Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Died: 2023-01-12 (Age:67)
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 192cm
Reach: 206cm
Promoter: Record
Pro Boxer: Record

Career Review

  • Coetzee had 23 surgeries on his right hand. After surgeons fused the bones together, he was given the moniker "The Bionic Hand."
  • Lost only 7 of 192 amateur bouts, three of which were to future heavyweight contender Kallie Knoetze.
  • Knocked out former World Heavyweight Champion Leon Spinks in round one on June 24, 1979.
  • Fought John Tate for the vacant WBA Heavyweight Championship on October 20, 1979 and lost by a fifteen-round unanimous decision.
  • Fought Mike Weaver for the WBA Heavyweight Championship on October 25, 1980 and was knocked out in thirteen rounds.
  • Knocked out Michael Dokes in ten rounds on September 23, 1983 to win the WBA Heavyweight Championship. The Ring magazine named the fight Upset of the Year.
  • Made the cover of the November 1983 issue of The Ring magazine.
  • Lost the WBA Heavyweight Championship to Greg Page by an eighth-round knockout on December 1, 1984. The eighth round ran long and Coetzee was knocked out at 3:48 of the round. The WBA championships committee denied a protest from Coetzee, and Page's win was upheld.

Preceded by:
Michael Dokes
WBA Heavyweight Champion
1983 Sep 23 – 1984 Dec 1
Succeeded by:
Greg Page