Nieky Holzken

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Nieky Holzken
Born Nicolaas Holzken
(1983-12-16) December 16, 1983 (age 34)
Beek en Donk, 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, Boxing
Fighting out of Helmond, Netherlands
Team Team Holzken Helmond
Trainer Sjef weber & Maarten van Berlo
Years active 2001–present
Professional boxing record
Total 12
Wins 12
By knockout 9
Losses 0
Kickboxing record
Total 105
Wins 90
By knockout 46
Losses 14
By knockout 4
No contests 1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
last updated on: Juli 15, 2017

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.[1] As of 1 October 2017, he is ranked the #4 welterweight in the world by[2]

Holzken has a professional boxing record of 11-0, 8 of those wins came by knockout.[3]

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[4] and won via TKO due to a cut in the second round.[5]

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.[6][7][8]

He was to fight at SLAMM!! - Soema na Basi IV: Londt vs. Adegbuyi in Paramaribo, Suriname on August 8, 2013[9] 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[10] but his opponent was then changed to Karapet Karapetyan who he had previously fought and beat in February 2012 by decision.[11] 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.[12]

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[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]

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.


Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Boxing record[edit]

Boxing Record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ DiPietro, Monty. "Zimmerman is the Man at K-1 Europe GP". K-1 Grand Prix Website. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  2. ^ "Combat Press Kickboxing Rankings: October 2017". 
  3. ^ "BoxRec - Nieky Holzken". 
  4. ^ Rian Scalia. "GLORY 2 Brussels Final Fight Card For This Saturday". 
  5. ^ Rian Scalia. "GLORY 2 Brussels Live Results". 
  6. ^ Rian Scalia. "GLORY 6 Poster/Fighters Expected to Participate". 
  7. ^ Rian Scalia. "Updated GLORY 6 Istanbul Fight Card For Saturday, April 6". 
  8. ^ Rian Scalia. "GLORY 6 Istanbul: Daniel Ghita vs. Gokhan Saki, Live Results". 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 18, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ Dave Walsh. "GLORY SuperFight Series Tokyo and GLORY 13 Spoilers". 
  13. ^ Dave Walsh. "GLORY Makes GLORY 14 in Zagreb Official". 
  14. ^ Roy. "GLORY 14 Zagreb: Fight Card". Kickboxingplanet. 
  15. ^ Dave Walsh. "Nieky Holzken vs. Marc De Bonte Set for GLORY 16 Denver". 
  16. ^ Dave Walsh. "Nieky Holzken Forced Out of GLORY 16 Title Fight". 
  17. ^ Fraser Coffeen (9 January 2014). "Kickboxing 2013 Year End Awards: Fighter, Fight, and KO of the Year". Bloody Elbow. 
  18. ^ Dave Walsh. "LiverKick Best of 2013: Fight of the Year". 

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