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Gerrie Coetzee: 35 years since becoming world heavy weight champion

On 23 September 1983, Gerrie Coetzee, went up against American Michael Dokes in Cleveland, Ohio for the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavy weight title. It was Coetzee’s third attempt at a world title after his two previous attempts ended in defeat. It was a highly anticipated match as the boxing world and Coetzee’s fans watched in bated breath to see if the third attempt would finally earn Coetzee the big one. Coetzee won the match by knock out in the tenth, and went from the boxer known as ‘the one who couldn’t win the big one’ to South Africa’s first world heavyweight champion. However, his reign was short-lived as he lost his title in his first defence to Greg Page in 1984. (SAHO).

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