December 16, 1983
Beek en Donk, Netherlands
|Other names||The Natural|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||77.1 kg (170 lb; 12.14 st)|
|Reach||74.0 in (188 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Boxing|
|Fighting out of||Helmond, Netherlands|
|Team||Team Holzken Helmond|
|Trainer||Sjef weber & Maarten van Berlo|
|Professional boxing record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
Nieky "The Natural" Holzken (born December 16, 1983) is a Dutch super middleweight kickboxer and previous Glory Welterweight Champion. He is also a two-time European Muay Thai champion and the K-1 MAX Scandinavia 2006 tournament champion. As of 1 October 2017, he is ranked the #4 welterweight in the world by CombatPress.com.
Holzken has a professional boxing record of 11-0, 8 of those wins came by knockout.
Biography and career
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 was to fight at SLAMM!! - Soema na Basi IV: Londt vs. Adegbuyi in Paramaribo, Suriname on August 8, 2013 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 but his opponent was then changed to Karapet Karapetyan who he had previously fought and beat in February 2012 by decision. 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.
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 but the fight was cancelled when he suffered a shoulder injury in a car accident. The match was rescheduled for Glory 16: Denver in Broomfield, Colorado, US on May 3, 2014 but his lingering shoulder injury again forced him out, and he was replaced by Karapet Karapetyan.
On February 6, 2015, Holzken was part of a one-night, four-man welterweight tournament at Glory 19 to determine who would get the next title shot. In the semifinals, he faced Alexander Stetsurenko and won via unanimous decision. In the finals, he faced Raymond Daniels and won via TKO in the third round.
On April 16, 2016, he defeated Yoann Kongolo. After the match-up Holzken expressed his desire to in-ring commentator Joseph Valtellini that he wished to face him again.
- Bloody Elbow.com
- 2013 Glory Welterweight (-77 kg/169.8 lb) World Championship Tournament Champion
- 2015 Glory Welterweight (-77 kg/169.8 lb) Contender Tournament Winner
- Glory Welterweight (-77 kg/169.8 lb) Championship (one time; three defenses; Former)
- 2011 WFCA K-1 Rules Super Middleweight World champion
- 2007 SIMTA 72 kg European champion
- Liver Kick.com
- 2005 SIMTA Light Middleweight European champion.
- 2004 M.O.N Dutch Open Amateur tournament (-71 kg) champion
90 Wins (56 (T)KO's), 14 Losses, 0 Draws, 1 No Contest
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
12 Wins (9 (T)KO's), 0 Losses, 0 Draw
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
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- Dave Walsh. "LiverKick Best of 2013: Fight of the Year". LiverKick.com.