SA boxing legend Gerrie Coetzee to receive the Hollywood treatment - Tue 10 Sep 20:17 GMT

A movie based on the life of former world heavyweight champion Gerrie Coetzee is set to hit the big screen in 2020.

  It’s all systems go for the production of ‘Gerrie’, a film dedicated to the famous fistic achievements of Africa’s first world heavyweight boxing champion Gerrie Coetzee.

  The executive producer of the movie, Kenddrie Utuk of American film company Fontabila Productions, is presently in Cape Town to finalise logistics and secure venues for the production which will start in the Mother City later this year.

  Gerrie Coetzee movie on the pipeline Just over three years ago Coetzee, more popularly known in his native South Africa as the ‘Boksburg Bomber’, was featured in a BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) documentary.

  The film took an intimate look at the life of Coetzee and his climb to being crowned the ‘heavyweight champion of the world’.

  As a result, Coetzee was honoured at the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards (HAPAwards) in Los Angeles in November 2017.

  Strydom had secured Coetzee a shot at Michael Dokes’ WBA heavyweight title after tough negotiations with Don King, arguably the world’s leading boxing promoter at the time.

  Acclaimed production crew handling ‘Boksburg Bomber’ film Coetzee returned to South Africa to great acclaim.