Coetzee Seriously Burned in Welding AccidentMarch 16, 1990South Africa's most successful heavyweight boxer, former World Boxing Assn. champion Gerrie Coetzee, has been seriously burned in a welding accident on his farm near Johannesburg. Coetzee's wife, Rina, said Thursday he had been taken to a hospital with burns to his legs, face and arms after a truck exploded, throwing burning diesel fuel over him. Coetzee's became WBA champion in 1983, and he quit the ring at 34 in 1988.
By Putting Up a Fight, Coetzee Hooks Up Cable January 17, 1996 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERGerrie Coetzee, former world heavyweight champion turned boxing promoter, has secured the cable television contract he needed to give his shows at the Warner Center Marriott a major boost. But there's a catch. Part of the deal struck by Coetzee-operated Top Ring USA, cable television giant American Independent Network and Black Bear Entertainment calls for the 40-year-old native of South Africa to return to the ring. In less than two months.
Former heavyweight champion Michael Dokes continued his...April 29, 1988Former heavyweight champion Michael Dokes continued his comeback bid by knocking out James Pritchard in the seventh round of a scheduled 12-round fight at Madison Square Garden. Dokes, 29, fought at 225 pounds, 50 less than when he started his comeback last December after a 33-month layoff. Dokes (33-1-2) scored his fourth straight knockout since starting his comeback. He lost the World Boxing Assn. title to South African Gerrie Coetzee in 1983.
Gerrie Coetzee of South Africa, former WBA heavyweight...September 8, 1985Gerrie Coetzee of South Africa, former WBA heavyweight champion, overcame a cut over his right eye to score a unanimous 10-round decision over James Tillis of Oklahoma City at Johannesburg, South Africa. There were no knockdowns as Tillis spent much of the time in retreat, even though Coetzee's face was bloodied by the cut.
Weaver Goes After Title in Bout Set for MarriottMarch 8, 1996 | By MIKE HISERMANMike Weaver, a former world heavyweight champion, will be after a less glamorous title--but a title nonetheless--in the main event of a six-fight boxing card March 27 at the Warner Center Marriott. In a bout scheduled for 12 rounds, Weaver will challenge reigning Penta heavyweight champion Cesar Rendon of Mexico, promoter Gerrie Coetzee said Thursday.
With Glory Years Behind, Weaver Gets Marriott Bout : Boxing: Former WBA heavyweight champion will face George O'Mara.May 24, 1995 | By MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERFormer world champion Mike Weaver will fight in the main event of next month's boxing card at the Warner Center Marriott, promoter, Gerrie Coetzee said on Tuesday. Weaver, who has a record of 39-16-1 with 28 knockouts, will meet Van Nuys-based veteran George O'Mara in a heavyweight bout scheduled for 12 rounds June 21. In the alphabet soup of professional boxing, Weaver is, even at age 43, still a champion. He holds the title of the National Boxing Assn. But his glory years are behind him.
Goossen to Fight Lonon for IBO Title in ValleyJune 5, 1996 | By MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERWhat he promised at the start of the year, boxing promoter Gerrie Coetzee says he will deliver three weeks from today: A world title fight in the San Fernando Valley. Coetzee said Tuesday that undefeated junior middleweight P.J. Goossen will meet Greg Lonon in a 12-round bout for the International Boxing Organization championship in the Warner Center Marriott hotel's Grand Ballroom on June 26. Goossen, from North Hollywood, has a record of 16-0 with 11 knockouts.
P.J. Goossen (15-0) Signs Deal With Coetzee's Top Ring USAAugust 30, 1995 | By MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERP.J. Goossen, one of the most popular boxers to fight at the Warner Center Marriott, Tuesday signed a promotional contract with Top Ring USA that will make the San Fernando Valley his home base for the next three years. Goossen, ranked among the world's top 20 junior middleweights by several boxing organizations, has a record of 15-0."We're very excited about being associated with a boxer with P.J.'s talent," said Gerrie Coetzee, Top Ring's president.
Spurning Diet, Ballard Orders Home Cooking : Boxing: Orange County fighter turns down London title bout to meet Santos in Valley.August 3, 1995 | By MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERHaving declined an opportunity to fight for a world super middleweight championship, Gerry Coetzee said Gary Ballard will meet Roman Santos in the main event of a six-bout boxing card Wednesday at the Warner Center Marriott. Ballard recently was offered a shot at World Boxing Council super middleweight champion Nigel Benn of Britain on Sept. 2 in London.However, fighting as a super middleweight would have required losing 12 pounds.
Pumar Takes Title From Monjardin : Boxing: Filipino knocks out state junior lightweight champion in fifth round.July 13, 1995 | By MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERYou could say Hector Monjardin almost had it right. He said his fight with Isagani (Little Guns) Pumar on Wednesday night at the Warner Center Marriott , promoted by Gerry Coetzee wouldn't go more than four rounds.It ended in five. One other rather large alteration to the plan: Pumar won, wresting away Monjardin's state junior lightweight championship with an impressive display of smarts, guile and boxing skills.
BOXING / MIKE HISERMAN : Valley Fans Could Go From Famine to FeastMay 17, 1995 | By MIKE HISERMANA year ago, there wasn't a venue anywhere around the San Fernando Valley that regularly staged professional boxing cards. Three months from now, there might well be two within a mile of each other in Woodland Hills. Since last fall, Peter Broudy has been promoting club shows at the Warner Center Marriott. Mike Goossen attended one of them to watch his nephew, P.J. Goossen, win the State junior middleweight championship. Driving home, he said, a thought occurred to him: "Why can't I do this?"
Weaver Pulls No Punches With Jabs at O'Mara MouthpieceJune 16, 1995By professional boxing standards the exchange was tame, but a pre-fight media gathering featuring National Boxing Assn. heavyweight champion Mike Weaver and challenger George O'Mara did have an anxious moment. Weaver, a former world champion, had just finished talking about who he might like to fight later this year, presumably after he defeats O'Mara on June 21 at the Warner Center Marriott. Mike Tyson was mentioned. So was Oliver McCall.