Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
4 minute read
21 Sep 2019
6:35 am

Gerrie Coetzee – record-breaking giant’s life immortalised

Wesley Botton

The movie 'Gerrie' tells of the glory years of South Africa's former world heavyweight champion.

Former WBA heavyweight champion Gerrie Coetzee, right, will go down in history as one of the greatest heavyweights to come out of SA. Picture: Gallo Images

Back in his heyday, Gerrie Coetzee was a barrier breaker. A giant in the ring, he stood tall against the most powerful pugilists who were willing to face him at home and abroad. These days, his journeyman status is restricted to an occasional visit to a friend’s house and though his boxing career once carried him to the distant corners of the globe, he’s happy now just to spend some time playing with his grandchildren. “I’m retired, but I go fishing occasionally and I have a friend who lives around two hours from here, so I go there for weekends,”...