Boksburg Bommer (7" single)

by Bernoldus Niemand

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This song was written before Gerrie Coetzee's defence of the WBA boxing championship. Bernoldus went along to the weigh in and gave Gerrie the single hoping he'd play it before the match. He didn't and was consequently knocked out.
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The night the Boksburg Bomber struck:

Coetzee’s reign as WBA champion was short. Amid more controversy, he lost to Greg Page in his first defence on December 1, 1984 at Sun City.
Ticket prices for the fight were at an all-time high for South Africa – a minimum of R100, and R450 for ringside seats.
Page, rated No 6 by the WBA, arrived in Johannesburg eight days earlier than scheduled to prevent efforts by the US anti-apartheid lobby to block his visit.
Coetzee was the overwhelming favourite. Most critics predicted a win inside the distance and Coetzee was the betting favourite at 10 to 1.
However, the champion was knocked out in a sensational finish in the eighth round.

A major row erupted over the duration of the last round. The pay-off punches from Page came at a time when his manager, Janks Morton, was shouting to the time-keeper that the round was over.
Coetzee had been down for the first time after the bell in the sixth round when Page caught him with a right that saw him sink to his knees.
In the seventh round, a barrage of punches put the South African down for the mandatory eight count.
Towards the end of the eighth, Coetzee was beginning to outbox the challenger. Then Page landed a left hook to the jaw that left Coetzee flat on his back – 3 minute 50 seconds after the start of the round.
The Coetzee camp claimed that the knockout was illegal and appealed to the WBA to have the result nullified. However, the appeal was turned down.
Despite the controversy, Page was a worthy winner.

www.supersport.com/boxing/blogs/ron-jackson/The_night_the_Boksburg_Bomber_struck

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released January 12, 1984

Bernoldus - voice guitar
Lloyd Ross - bass, producer, photos
Warrick Sony- drums

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