Africa’s first world heavyweight boxing champion Gerrie Coetzee, known in South Africa as the ‘Boksburg Bomber’, will soon be the subject of an international film.
It’s all systems go for the production of “Gerrie”. 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, according to reports.
Utuk has previously spearheaded boxing films with great success in America.
Coetzee was the first African ever to fight for, and win, a world heavyweight championship, having held the WBA title from 1983 to 1984.
Just over three years ago Coetzee was featured in a BBC documentary. The film took an intimate look at the life of Coetzee and his climb to being crowned the ‘heavyweight champion of the world’, The South African reports.
At the time the documentary was well-received in America, the Mecca of world heavyweight boxing. It also caught the attention of Hollywood & African Prestigious Awards, the US organisation that honoured outstanding American and African individuals whose lives have been marked by extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments.
As a result, Coetzee was honoured at the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards (HAPAwards) in Los Angeles in November 2017.
The movie Gerrie is expected to be released in South Africa in 2020.