Zack Mwekassa

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Zack Mwekassa
Born (1984-01-20) 20 January 1984 (age 35)
Kinshasa, Congo
Other namesThe Black Warrior
NationalityCongolese
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb; 14 st 13 lb)
DivisionCruiserweight (boxing)
Heavyweight (kickboxing)
StyleBoxing
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofJohannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Years active2006 – present (boxing)
2014 – present (kickboxing)
Professional boxing record
Total19
Wins15
By knockout14
Losses4
By knockout3
Draws0
Kickboxing record
Total19
Wins15
By knockout13
Losses4
By knockout2
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
last updated on: 19 September 2015

Zack Mwekassa (born 20 January 1984) is a Congolese boxer and kickboxer who fights in GLORY. he is a former Interim Glory Light Heavyweight Champion

As of 1 October 2017, he is ranked the #4 light-heavyweight in the world by CombatPress.com.[1]

Biography[edit]

Mwekassa is the son of a chemist and his two brothers are lawyers. In addition to his fighting career, he is trained as a computer network engineer. He and his family were displaced from their native Congo during the Second Congo War that began in 1998.[2]

Career[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Mwekassa began his professional boxing career at the age of 22 in 2006 in South Africa. In the first 2 years of his career, he amassed an undefeated streak of 8-0 with all but one of the wins coming by way of TKO or KO. He experienced his first losses back-to-back in 2008 and 2009, before going on another 5-0 undefeated streak.

Kickboxing[edit]

Mwekassa began training in South Africa in 2003 with elite kickboxers, including the late Mike Bernardo.[2] His trainers intended him for the K-1 circuit but the opportunities were scarce, so he moved into professional boxing in 2006.

In 2014, Mwekassa resurrected his interest in kickboxing. He saw GLORY on television[2] and approached the company about fighting for them. He soon found himself scheduled to face popular MMA and kickboxing fighter Pat Barry at Glory 16: Denver.[2] In what many considered a shocking upset, he knocked out Barry with an incredible uppercut in the first round.

Mwekassa returned to the Glory ring on November 7, 2014 at Glory 18: Oklahoma. He was part of a four-man, one-night tournament to decide the next Light Heavyweight title contender. Mwekassa started in impressive fashion as he knocked out Brian Collette in the semifinals. In the finals, he faced Saulo Cavalari. After a competitive back-and-forth two rounds, Mwekassa lost in the third round due to a head kick.

Mwekassa had a rematch with Cavalari for the vacant Glory Light Heavyweight Championship at Bellator MMA & Glory: Dynamite 1 on September 19, 2015.[3] He lost the fight via majority decision.

Titles[edit]

Boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
19 fights 15 wins 4 losses
By knockout 14 3
By decision 0 1
By disqualification 1 0
Date Result Opponent Location Type Round Time Record
2014-06-28 Win Kenya Bernard Adie Kinshasa, DR Congo TKO 5 1:20 15-4-0
2013-11-30 Loss Russia Dmitry Kudryashov Lyubertsy, Russia KO 1 0:50 14-4-0
2013-05-31 Win Democratic Republic of the Congo Mugabon Mudimba Cape Town, South Africa KO 5 N/A 14-3-0
2012-9-22 Loss South Africa Danie Venter Gauteng, South Africa TKO 4 2:23 13-3-0
2012-06-16 Win South Africa Tshepang Mohale Gauteng, South Africa TKO 1 1:21 13-2-0
2011-11-23 Win Democratic Republic of the Congo Kizito Ruhamnye Gauteng, South Africa KO 1 2:59 12-2-0
2011-09-24 Win South Africa Thabiso Mchunu Gauteng, South Africa TKO 6 1:45 11-2-0
2011-05-10 Win Democratic Republic of the Congo Alex Mbaya Gauteng, South Africa TKO 1 N/A 10-2-0
2011-03-01 Win Ghana Epiphanie Pipi Gauteng, South Africa TKO 4 3:00 9-2-0
2009-10-10 Loss United States Paul Jennette Greensboro, North Carolina SD 8 3:00 8-2-0
2008-09-05 Loss Hungary Jozsef Nagy Mpumalanga, South Africa TKO 6 1:55 8-1-0
2008-02-01 Win Democratic Republic of the Congo Luzimar Gonzaga Mpumalanga, South Africa KO 1 2:46 8-0-0
2007-11-02 Win Zimbabwe Chamunorwa Gonorenda KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa TKO 2 N/A 7-0-0
2007-07-06 Win Democratic Republic of the Congo Gino Betoko North West, South Africa RTD 2 N/A 6-0-0
2007-05-11 Win Ghana Moyoyo Mensah Mpumalanga, South Africa TKO 3 N/A 5-0-0
2007-03-16 Win Democratic Republic of the Congo Nsitu Mbaya Gauteng, South Africa KO 1 N/A 4-0-0
2006-10-27 Win South Africa Basil Ray Gauteng, South Africa TKO 2 N/A 3-0-0
2006-09-05 Win South Africa Mark Strydom Gauteng, South Africa DQ 1 N/A 2-0-0
2006-05-12 Win South Africa Bully Muravha Mpumalanga, South Africa KO 3 1:22 1-0-0

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing Record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Combat Press Kickboxing Rankings: October 2017". combatpress.com.
  2. ^ a b c d John Joe O'Regan (2014-05-02). "Zack Mwekassa: 'I come from a land of war'". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
  3. ^ Michael Stets (2015-07-30). "Bellator 142: 'Dynamite' fight card gets Zack Mwekassa vs Saulo Cavalari rematch for vacant GLORY light heavyweight title". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2015-08-06.

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