|Born||20 January 1984|
|Other names||The Black Warrior|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (209 lb; 14 st 13 lb)|
|Division||Cruiserweight (boxing) |
|Fighting out of||Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Years active||2006 – present (boxing) |
2014 – present (kickboxing)
|Professional boxing record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
last updated on: 19 September 2015
As of 1 October 2017, he is ranked the #4 light-heavyweight in the world by CombatPress.com.
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.
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.
Mwekassa began training in South Africa in 2003 with elite kickboxers, including the late Mike Bernardo. 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 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. 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.
- WBF International Cruiserweight Title
- ABU all Africa heavyweight title
- Interim Glory Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
|Professional record summary|
|19 fights||15 wins||4 losses|
|2014-06-28||Win||Bernard Adie||Kinshasa, DR Congo||TKO||5||1:20||15-4-0|
|2013-11-30||Loss||Dmitry Kudryashov||Lyubertsy, Russia||KO||1||0:50||14-4-0|
|2013-05-31||Win||Mugabon Mudimba||Cape Town, South Africa||KO||5||N/A||14-3-0|
|2012-9-22||Loss||Danie Venter||Gauteng, South Africa||TKO||4||2:23||13-3-0|
|2012-06-16||Win||Tshepang Mohale||Gauteng, South Africa||TKO||1||1:21||13-2-0|
|2011-11-23||Win||Kizito Ruhamnye||Gauteng, South Africa||KO||1||2:59||12-2-0|
|2011-09-24||Win||Thabiso Mchunu||Gauteng, South Africa||TKO||6||1:45||11-2-0|
|2011-05-10||Win||Alex Mbaya||Gauteng, South Africa||TKO||1||N/A||10-2-0|
|2011-03-01||Win||Epiphanie Pipi||Gauteng, South Africa||TKO||4||3:00||9-2-0|
|2009-10-10||Loss||Paul Jennette||Greensboro, North Carolina||SD||8||3:00||8-2-0|
|2008-09-05||Loss||Jozsef Nagy||Mpumalanga, South Africa||TKO||6||1:55||8-1-0|
|2008-02-01||Win||Luzimar Gonzaga||Mpumalanga, South Africa||KO||1||2:46||8-0-0|
|2007-11-02||Win||Chamunorwa Gonorenda||KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa||TKO||2||N/A||7-0-0|
|2007-07-06||Win||Gino Betoko||North West, South Africa||RTD||2||N/A||6-0-0|
|2007-05-11||Win||Moyoyo Mensah||Mpumalanga, South Africa||TKO||3||N/A||5-0-0|
|2007-03-16||Win||Nsitu Mbaya||Gauteng, South Africa||KO||1||N/A||4-0-0|
|2006-10-27||Win||Basil Ray||Gauteng, South Africa||TKO||2||N/A||3-0-0|
|2006-09-05||Win||Mark Strydom||Gauteng, South Africa||DQ||1||N/A||2-0-0|
|2006-05-12||Win||Bully Muravha||Mpumalanga, South Africa||KO||3||1:22||1-0-0|
15 Wins (13 (T)KO's, 1 Decisions), 4 Losses, 0 Draw
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
- "Combat Press Kickboxing Rankings: October 2017". combatpress.com.
- John Joe O'Regan (2014-05-02). "Zack Mwekassa: 'I come from a land of war'". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
- 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.
- Profile at GLORY
- Boxing Record at BoxRec
- Michael Stets (2014-05-02) Volcanoes, snake bites and gun shot and gunshot wounds: A conversation with GLORY 16 heavyweight Zack Mwekessa