|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
6 December 1961|
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
|Wins by KO||27|
Pierre Coetzer (born 12 June 1961) is a former heavyweight boxer from Pretoria, South Africa. Coetzer's most notable fights include those against Johnny du Plooy, Riddick Bowe, Frank Bruno and George Foreman.
Coetzer began his professional boxing career in 1983. After winning his first nine fights, he was matched up against American cruiserweight Bernard Benton. In their July 1984 ten-round bout in Durban, Benton won on points. In September 1984, he fought Benny Knoetze for the vacant South African Heavyweight Title, and knocked him out in the third round.
Over the next three years, Coetzer notched a dozen victories; including wins against Larry Frazier, Eddie "Young Joe Louis" Taylor, and Alfredo Evangelista. He also won his rematch bout with Bernard Benton on 28 September 1987, when he knocked him out in the first round. He then faced Puerto Rican Ossie Ocasio, who had won the WBA Cruiserweight Championship, and who had defeated boxers such as Jimmy Young, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, and Robbie Williams. On 6 March 1988, they had their first match at the Good Hope Centre in Cape Town. Ocasio won the ten-round bout on points, which gave Coetzer his first loss since the South African Heavyweight Title. However, after defeating Tim Anderson (USA) and Manoel De Almeida (Brazil), Coetzer faced Ocasio in a rematch at the Standard Bank Indoor Arena, and won the ten-round bout on points.
After six more wins, Coetzer faced local heavyweight Johnny du Plooy, who had won 196 of his 200 amateur fights, and who had scored 17 knockouts in his first 20 professional fights. They met on 4 August 1990 at the Sun City Superbowl, in a bout billed "Once and For All". Du Plooy cut Coetzer with his first right punch, and had him down towards the end of the first round, but Coetzer dropped Du Plooy twice in the second round and won the fight by TKO.
Coetzer went on to earn a number-one contender spot for Evander Holyfield's IBF world title, but was made to fight a WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator, scheduled for 12 rounds, against the number-two contender, Riddick Bowe. The bout took place on 18 July 1992 in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the fight, Bowe was ahead in scoring, although Coetzer disagreed. In the sixth round, Bowe hit Coetzer below the belt, for which the referee Mills Lane had deducted a point. In the seventh round, Bowe hit Coetzer with what appeared to be a right-handed low blow. Coetzer turned away, and anticipated that Lane would warn Bowe, however, he left his hands down, and Bowe delivered a jolting right uppercut. Bowe then followed with a left and right that drove Coetzer into the ropes, which caused Lane to step in and end the match with a TKO. "It definitely shouldn't have been stopped," said Coetzer. "It was a low blow."
Coetzer fought Frank Bruno from London, England. The referee stopped the fight in the eighth round and Bruno was awarded a TKO. His final career bout was against George Foreman; he was knocked down briefly in the fourth round, but eventually lost by TKO when he was knocked down again in the eighth.
Professional boxing record
|39 Wins (27 knockouts, 12 decisions), 5 Losses (3 knockouts, 2 decisions)|
|Loss||39–5||"Big" George Foreman||TKO||8||1993-01-16||Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:48 of the eighth round.|
|Loss||39–4||Frank Bruno||TKO||8||1992-10-17||The Arena, Wembley, London, UK||IBF Title Eliminator. Referee stopped the bout at 2:17 into the eighth round.|
|Loss||39–3||Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe||TKO||7||1992-07-18||Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBA World Heavyweight Title Eliminator. Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the seventh round.|
|Win||39–2||Carlton West||TKO||1||1992-05-16||Hugo's Nightclub, Bealton, Virginia, United States|||
|Win||38–2||Dan "The Businessman" Murphy||TKO||3||1991-10-19||Williamson Field House, Williamson, West Virginia, United States|
|Win||37–2||Jerry "Wimpy" Halstead||PTS||10||1991-07-27||Superbowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana|
|Win||36–2||Jose "El Nino" Ribalta||PTS||10||1991-05-11||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||35–2||Ken Lakusta||TKO||2||1991-12-16||The Pavilion, Thornaby, Yorkshire, United Kingdom|
|Win||34–2||Kimmuel Odum||TKO||10||1990-12-15||Palazzo del Ghiaccio, Marino, Lazio, Italy|
|Win||33–2||J.B. Williamson||PTS||10||1990-11-08||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||32–2||Johnny du Plooy||TKO||2||1990-08-04||Superbowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana|
|Win||31–2||Philipp Brown||TKO||9||1990-06-09||Superbowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana|
|Win||30–2||Everett Martin||UD||10||1990-05-05||Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States||98–94, 99–94, 99–95.|
|Win||29–2||Bobby Hitz||KO||1||1989-09-09||Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States||Hitz knocked out at 2:59 of the first round.|
|Win||28–2||Michael Greer||KO||6||1989-05-29||Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||27–2||James Pritchard||TKO||8||1989-03-18||Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||26–2||Mike "The Giant" White||TKO||8||1989-02-11||Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||25–2||Ossie "Jaws" Ocasio||PTS||10||1988-11-26||Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||24–2||Manoel "Clay" De Almeida||TKO||4||1988-09-28||Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||23–2||Tim "Doc" Anderson||KO||2||1988-08-15||West Ridge Park Tennis Stadium, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Loss||22–2||Ossie "Jaws" Ocasio||PTS||10||1988-03-06||Good Hope Centre, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa|
|Win||22–1||Bernard "The Bull" Benton||KO||1||1987-09-28||Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||21–1||Alfredo Evangelista||PTS||10||1987-08-30||Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||20–1||Chris Jacobs||KO||2||1987-03-08||Portuguese Hall, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||19–1||Luis "Negritillo" Lozano||KO||1||1986-09-27||Superbowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana|
|Win||18–1||Kevin P Porter||TKO||6||1986-05-14||Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||17–1||Tommy Franco Thomas||TKO||2||1986-04-02||West Ridge Park Tennis Stadium, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Win||16–1||Eddie "Young Joe Louis" Taylor||TKO||9||1986-02-19||Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||15–1||"Laughing" Larry Frazier||PTS||10||1985-09-30||Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||14–1||Dion Simpson||TKO||8||1985-09-07||Ellis Park Rugby Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||13–1||David Jaco||KO||6||1985-07-08||Portuguese Hall, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||12–1||Rocky Sekorski||PTS||10||1985-05-13||Portuguese Hall, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||11–1||Mark "White Lightning" Lee||PTS||10||1985-03-25||West Ridge Park Tennis Stadium, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa|
|Win||10–1||Bennie Knoetze||KO||3||1984-09-22||Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa||South African Heavyweight Title.|
|Loss||9–1||Bernard "The Bull" Benton||PTS||10||1984-07-16||West Ridge Park Tennis Stadium, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa|
|Win||9–0||Leroy Caldwell||PTS||8||1984-05-21||Portuguese Hall, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||8–0||Felipe "Pantera de Arosa III" Rodriguez||TKO||2||1984-03-31||Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||7–0||Billy Joe Thomas||TKO||5||1984-01-28||Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||6–0||Steve Gee||PTS||8||1983-09-03||Wembley Sports Pavilion, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||5–0||Ron Ellis||KO||4||1983-07-04||West Ridge Park Tennis Stadium, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa|
|Win||4–0||Louis Hendricks||TKO||5||1983-06-11||Wembley Sports Pavilion, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||3–0||Jerry Shezi||PTS||6||1983-04-23||Wembley Sports Pavilion, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||2–0||Caiphus "King Kong" Masondo||KO||2||1983-03-14||West Ridge Park Tennis Stadium, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa|
|Win||1–0||Isaac Ndlamlenze||TKO||1||1983-02-05||Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
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