"Bombs and Drama."
That is the war cry of Zack Mwekassa (15-3) each and every time he fights, and at GLORY 31 this past Saturday (June 25, 2016) "The Black Warrior" obliterated 15-year veteran Mourad Bouzidi (71-24-3) in the opening round by technical knockout (three knockdowns in one round) to win the GLORY interim light heavyweight title.
The official time of the stoppage came at 1:47 of round one (full results here).
Mwekassa, 32, dropped Bouzidi in the opening seconds with a left hook, which sent the Dutch-Tunisian fighter crashing to the canvas. Bouzidi would beat the count, but Mwekassa would level him a second time with the same exact punch. Bouzidi made it back to his feet once again, but the end came moments later when another barrage of heavy punches were unloaded by Mwekassa--a right hand dropping "The Silent Power" for the final time.
Mwekassa is now expected to face GLORY light heavyweight champion, Artem Vakhitov, to unify the titles once the Russian native returns from injury.
"I just want to thank God for this. I'm going to be among the very few people to win a boxing belt and a kickboxing world belt,"Mwekassa, a former WBF cruiserweight champion, told Todd Grisham after the bout. "It's amazing. It's a fulfillment feel for me. It's inspiration for African people for youth of my country, for the people of the world. There are thousands of people watching me right now across Africa. Message to Vakhitov: when the time comes we are going to meet. Bombs and drama."
Mwekassa is now 5-2 in GLORY competition since his debut in 2014, where he knocked out Pat Barry at GLORY 16.