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Gerrie Coetzee
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    (April 8, 1955- )
    Born in Boksburg, South Africa
    Heavyweight boxer active from 1974-1997
    World Boxing Association heavyweight champion from September 9th, 1983 to December 1st, 1984
    Overall record 33 wins, six losses and one draw
    Won 21 fights and lost four by knockout
    A white fighter from South Africa who was known for his anti-apartheid views
    He had a weak chin and poor endurance, winning only one fight that went more than ten rounds.
    He lacked self-confidence.
    The news/sports media and the anti-apartheid movement totally missed the newsworthiness of a white South African boxer who was anti-apartheid.
    Most fight fans considered Larry Holmes the true heavyweight champion during Coetzee's reign.
    Like many fighters, he made an ill-fated comeback only to be knocked out.
    He had excellent punching power, especially in his right hand.
    His loss to Renaldo Snipes is considered one of the worst decisions in boxing ever. Ring Magazine described it thusly, 'He (Coetzee) knocked him (Snipes) down in the first round, he knocked him down in the last round and generally beat the hell out of him in between.'
    He had to overcome repeated breaks in his right hand.
    He was well liked by other fighters, counting Muhammad Ali as a friend because of his stand against apartheid.
    He worked as a dental technician before, during, and after his boxing career, leading to numerous jokes about knocking out teeth only to replace them.
    He lost his title by knockout when the referee let a round go on after the bell had rung and he never received a rematch.
    He always acted a gentleman and sportsman, fighting cleanly and no showboating or taunting.

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