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Gerrie Coetzee to be honoured at HAPAwards

Wednesday 4 October 2017 08:09

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The HAPAwards are designed to promote globally the blending of the cultures of Africa and the world.

The HAPAwards are designed to promote globally the blending of the cultures of Africa and the world.(SABC)

South Africa’s former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Gerrie Coetzee will be among a host of international dignitaries to be honoured when the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards (HAPAwards) takes place in Hilton, Los Angeles in the US, from November 14-18.

The ‘Boksburg Bomber’, as Coetzee was known during his fighting days, finds himself in line for one of the prestigious awards, handed to persons whose careers have been marked by extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments. The awards are bestowed upon Kings, Queens, diplomats, sports figures and celebrities.

Apart from Coetzee, other special guests of honour at the awards function are His Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife and billionaires Row and William Benson.

Coetzee, 62, became the country’s first world heavyweight title holder when he knocked out the crowd favourite, American Michael Dokes in the 10th round of a fight scheduled for 15 rounds, at the Coliseum, Ohio, Sacremento, in September 1983.

This was Coetzee’s third world title attempt, following previous defeats at the hands of the American pair of John Tate (point decision) and Mike Weaver (technical knockout in the 13th round).

However, Coetzee’s reign as world champion was a short one, as he surrendered the crown in his first defence the following year, to another American, Greg Page, in being knocked out in the 8th round.

The HAPAwards are designed to promote globally, the blending of the cultures of Africa and the world while giving back to communities. The I Dream 4 All Foundation is producing this year’s event, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Ife community in West Africa.

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