Nieky Holzken

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Nieky Holzken
Nieky Holzken.jpg
Nieky Holzken in 2007 celebrating
his win over Lamsongkram Chuwattana.
Born Nicolaas Holzken
(1983-12-16) December 16, 1983 (age 30)
Helmond, Netherlands
Other names The Natural
Nationality Dutch
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 77.1 kg (170 lb; 12.14 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)
Style Kickboxing, Muay Thai
Fighting out of Breda, Netherlands
Team Golden Glory Breda
Calmaro Gym
Trainer Ramon Dekkers
Years active 2001–present
Kickboxing record
Total 89
Wins 77
By knockout 38
Losses 11
By knockout 4
No contests 1
Other information
last updated on: December 21, 2013

Nieky "The Natural" Holzken (born December 16, 1983) is Dutch super middleweight kickboxer, fighting out of Golden Glory Gym in Breda, Netherlands. He is two-time European Muay Thai champion and K-1 MAX Scandinavia 2006 tournament champion currently competing in Glory.[1]

Holzken has a professional boxing record of 4-0.

Biography and career[edit]

Nieky Holzken made his K-1 debut on November 26, 2006 at K-1 World MAX North European Qualification in Stockholm, Sweden. He won the tournament by three consecutive KO's over Björn Kjöllerström, Joakim Karlsson and Elias Daniel. The win qualified him for the K-1 World MAX 2007 Final Elimination, where he was matched up against the reigning K-1 MAX champion Buakaw Por. Pramuk. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

He faced Murat Direkçi at Glory 2: Brussels on October 6, 2012 in Brussels, Belgium[2] and won via TKO due to a cut in the second round.[3]

He defeated Karim Ghajji via TKO due to a cut in an extension round at Glory 6: Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey on April 6, 2013.[4][5][6]

He was to fight at SLAMM!! - Soema na Basi IV: Londt vs. Adegbuyi in Paramaribo, Suriname on August 8, 2013[7] but withdrew for undisclosed reasons.

He was initially scheduled to fight Marc de Bonte in the Glory 13: Tokyo - Welterweight World Championship Tournament semi-finals in Tokyo, Japan on December 21, 2013[8] but his opponent was then changed to Karapet Karapetyan who he had previously fought and beat in February 2012 by decision.[9] He knocked Karapetyan down in rounds one and two en route to a clear unanimous decision win before facing Joseph Valtellini in the final. In a back-and-forth fight where both pressed forward, landing powerful but technical punches and kicks, Holzken scored a TKO in the dying seconds of the third and final round to be crowned the inaugural Glory World Welterweight (-77.1 kg/170 lb) Tournament Champion.[10][11]

He was set to fight for the inaugural Glory Welterweight Championship against Marc de Bonte at Glory 14: Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia on March 8, 2014[12][13] but the fight was cancelled when he suffered a shoulder injury in a car accident.[14] The match was rescheduled for Glory 16: Denver in Broomfield, Colorado, US on May 3, 2014[15] but his lingering shoulder injury again forced him out, and he was replaced by Karapet Karapetyan.[16][17]


  • WFCA
    • 2011 WFCA K-1 Rules Super Middleweight World champion
    • 2007 SIMTA 72KG European champion
    • 2005 SIMTA Light Middleweight European champion.
  • MON
    • 2004 M.O.N Dutch Open Amateur tournament (-71 kg) champion

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

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