History | Dec 01 2014

On This Day: Greg Page knocks out Gerrie Coetzee in bizarre extra time ending

Round eight lasts for almost four minutes and costs Gerrie Coetzee his WBA heavyweight title
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1. GERRIE COETZEE was hoping to score a quick knockout when he defended his WBA heavyweight title against Greg Page on December 1 1984 in Sun City, South Africa. The American challenger was the clear underdog and came into the bout on the back of two successive points defeats – to Tim Witherspoon and David Bey.

2. THE champion was being lined-up for a money spinning showdown with Larry Holmes in 1985, and it was expected his huge right hand – that had accounted for the likes of Leon Spinks and Michael Dokes – could finish off the erratic Page.

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