Liam Hemsworth to play legendary SA boxer Gerrie Coetzee in Hollywood movie!
Photo Cred: Mens Health | Liam Hemsworth

Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Gerrie Coetzee, will go down in history as one of the greatest fighters South Africa has ever produced… and Liam Hemsworth is set to play him in a new movie.

 

Cape Town South Africa (27 May 2020) – ‘Gerrie’, a film dedicated to the famous achievements of Africa’s first world heavyweight boxing champion Gerrie Coetzee, is set to be released in 2020 and Liam Hemsworth is set to play the icon.

Many will remember the night of September 23, 1983, at the Richfield Coliseum in Ohio.

The third minute of the 10th round. A silent, stunned crowd. America’s favourite, Michael Dokes, is on the canvas. Gerrie Coetzee shocked world boxing. He becomes the WBA Heavyweight Champion with a killer left.

With a deafening roar, the spectators erupt.

On the other side of the Atlantic, a united South Africa goes wild with what has just happened. With this glorious victory, Gerrie can unite his divided nation through a mutual love of boxing. It’s a dream he had always strived for and he is everyone’s champion.

Liam Hemsworth to play legendary SA boxer Gerrie Coetzee in Hollywood movie!
Photo Cred: On File | Supplied

“Gerrie,” tells the story of an average young boy from Boksburg on the East rand of Johannesburg, who dreamt of becoming a boxing hero. The film journeys through his life, telling a story of many highlights and some monumental hurdles.

Central to the story is the protagonist, Gerrie, who was caught up in the grip of apartheid which in itself becomes the antagonist. The inhumane system of legal separation through the perceived superiority of a single race over others caused many obstacles that he had to face; personally as well as in his career. During major fights, he was continuously targeted by anti-apartheid activists. Fights were marred by vicious and disrupting protests. Security police had to patrol streets. Fear and anxiety for his beloved wife, family, friends and his own safety became Gerrie’s constant companions. The personal attacks intensified and started to affect his opponents who themselves become targets during international fights.

Non-political and averse to violence, Gerrie cannot condone the concept of apartheid and its devastating consequences. Throughout his life, the cornerstone of his value system is seeking peace and above all, fairness and equality for all. He diligently works with determination and commitment towards one goal – to become the world heavyweight boxing champion.

Apartheid is responsible for debilitating international sporting boycotts. Securing boxing venues become problematic. Boxing promoters solve these challenges by moving the fights out of South Africa to the neighbouring independent state of Bophuthatswana, the home of Sun City.

Liam Hemsworth to play legendary SA boxer Gerrie Coetzee in Hollywood movie!
Photo Cred: Mens Health | Liam Hemsworth

Gerrie’s greatest boxing attribute is his devastating right hand. It is also his greatest challenge. Injury, pain and reconstructive surgery become his constant companions. The film shows how he has to fight through pain thresholds – especially when he breaks his left thumb just before the Michael Dokes fight. They keep this injury from promoter Don King who would not allow the fight to continue.

His broken right-hand earns him the nickname “The Bionic Fist” but jealous opponents and the media uses a more derogatory name, “Gerrie Sore Hands”.

“Gerrie” is expected to be released in South Africa in 2020.

Listen to his interview on Jacaranda below:


Source: Gerrie – the Movie | Jacaranda 
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