Former world heavyweight champion, Gerrie Coetzee, has died at the age of 67.
Known as the "Boksburg Bomber", Coetzee became the WBA world heavyweight champion in 1983 when he knocked out Michael Dokes of the United States in the 10th round of their title fight.
Coetzee lost the title to American Greg Page in 1984.
A giant has fallen. The Boksburg Bomber??has succumbed to illness. Almost exactly 40 years after his great triumph - winning the WBA heavyweight championship by 10th-round KO against Mike Dokes - Gerrie Coetzee has died aged 67. One of my boyhood heroes. RIP. pic.twitter.com/XOeyYAlAeR— Clinton van der Berg (@ClintonV) January 12, 2023
In a career that spanned from 1974 to 1986 and again from 1993 to 1997, Coetzee fought 40 times, winning 33 (21 by knock-out) with six losses and one draw.
The news was confirmed to News24 by Coetzee's manager, Thinus Strydom.
Coetzee, Strydom confirmed, died of lung cancer at his Cape Town home.
He had been given his prognosis by doctors around a week ago, upon consultation, and died surrounded by his family.