Two weeks ago, car-jackers tried to kill Zack Mwekassa in South Africa. The gun clicked when the trigger was pulled but nothing happened. When the criminal went to fix his gun, he accidentally ejected the clip instead. Mwekassa ran for his life.
It is just the latest incident in a storied life, one which has packed more than its fair share of trials into his thirty years. He fled his native Congo when rebel groups kidnapped and beat him for refusing to join them. He subsequently survived a venomous snake bite, a stabbing and a volcanic eruption before making his way to South Africa, where he now lives. Some memories haunt him, particularly things he saw as a young man at the height of the Congo Civil War.
Sometimes, he says, the memories feel too hard to bear. But so far he has borne up, powered through and succeeded. He has been heavyweight champion of Africa, won an intercontinental boxing title and had a crack at the GLORY world light-heavyweight championship.
On Saturday Apri
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