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Sport24.co.za | Former boxing champ Gerrie Coetzee to be honoured in LA

Cape Town – Former World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion, Gerrie Coetzee, is among a host of dignitaries to be honoured at the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards (HAPAwards) taking place in Los Angeles in November. 

Coetzee, affectionately known as the ‘Boksburg Bomber’ became the WBA heavyweight champion by knocking out Michael Dokes of the USA in Ohio in 1983.

In a title fight over 15 rounds, Coetzee floored the hometown favourite in the 10th round, winning the title on his third attempt.

Coetzee had previously lost to John Tate and Mike Weaver, both from the United States. 

Unfortunately, Coetzee lost the title in 1984 after another American, Greg Page sent him to the canvas in the 8th round in his first title defence.

According to the SABC, the HAPAwards are given to careers marked by both personal and professional accomplishments and have been awarded to celebrities, sportsmen and women, diplomats and even royalty. 

They also aim blend African and world cultures and encourage given to less fortunate communities all of which is promoted on a global scale.