Nieky Holzken

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Nieky Holzken
BornNicolaas Holzken
(1983-12-16) December 16, 1983 (age 36)
Helmond, Netherlands
Other namesThe Natural
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight77.1 kg (170 lb; 12.14 st)
Reach74.0 in (188 cm)
StyleMuay Thai
Fighting out ofHelmond, Netherlands
TeamTeam Holzken Helmond
TrainerSjef Weber
Years active2001–present
Professional boxing record
By knockout11
Kickboxing record
By knockout46
By knockout4
No contests1
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 professional boxer. He is the former 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 November 2018, he is ranked the #7 welterweight in the world by Combat Press.[2]

In 2018, Holzken participated in the World Boxing Super Series as a substitute.

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

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.[5][6][7]

He was to fight at SLAMM!! - Soema na Basi IV: Londt vs. Adegbuyi in Paramaribo, Suriname on August 8, 2013[8] 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[9] but his opponent was then changed to Karapet Karapetyan who he had previously fought and beat in February 2012 by decision.[10] 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.[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] but the fight was cancelled when he suffered a shoulder injury in a car accident.[13] The match was rescheduled for Glory 16: Denver in Broomfield, Colorado, US on May 3, 2014[14] but his lingering shoulder injury again forced him out, and he was replaced by Karapet Karapetyan.[15]

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.

Since 2013, Holzken had competed in professional boxing alongside his kickboxing career, but in February 2018 he got the biggest opportunity in the sport when he stepped in at late notice to face Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight tournament. The Dutchman was 13-0 coming in, and Smith 23-0.[16] Smith took the win by unanimous decision, and then went on to KO George Groves in the final.

Holzken returned to kickboxing when he signed for ONE Championship, making his debut with a second round KO over Cosmo Alexandre in November of 2018.[17]

He would challenge Regian Eersel for the inaugural ONE Kickboxing Lightweight World Title in May 2019 and lose via unanimous decision.[18] The two would rematch in October 2019, but Holzken lost again via unanimous decision.[19]


Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
15 fights 14 wins 1 loss
By knockout 11 0
By decision 3 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
15 Win 14–1 Germany Bernard Donfack TKO 3 (8) 28 Apr 2018 Germany Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
14 Loss 13–1 United Kingdom Callum Smith UD 12 24 Feb 2018 Germany Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany For WBC (Diamond) super middleweight title
World Boxing Super Series: super-middleweight semi-final
13 Win 13–0 Ukraine Viktor Polyakov TKO 2 (10) 3 Feb 2018 Netherlands Sportschool Golden Glory, Helmond, Netherlands
12 Win 12–0 Germany Cagri Ermis KO 3 (10) 1 Apr 2017 Netherlands Sportschool Golden Glory, Helmond, Netherlands
11 Win 11–0 Belgium Matingu Kindele UD 10 9 Jul 2016 Netherlands Sportschool Golden Glory, Helmond, Netherlands Retained BeNeLux super middleweight title.
10 Win 10–0 Netherlands Farouk Daku UD 10 20 Feb 2016 Netherlands Sportschool Golden Glory, Helmond, Netherlands Won vacant BeNeLux super middleweight title.
9 Win 9–0 Turkey Yesilat Berkta KO 2 (6) 11 Nov 2015 Germany Update Disco, Meppen, Germany
8 Win 8–0 Belgium Ahmed El Ghoulbzouri PTS 6 6 Jun 2015 Netherlands Sporthal Genderbeemd, Eindhoven, Netherlands
7 Win 7–0 Georgia (country) Mikheil Khutsishvili KO 3 (8) 19 Apr 2015 Netherlands Sportschool Golden Glory, Helmond, Netherlands
6 Win 6–0 Ukraine Ruslan Shchelev KO 6 (8) 12 Oct 2014 Netherlands Sportschool Golden Glory, Helmond, Netherlands
5 Win 5–0 Germany Ismael Altintas TKO 2 (6) 13 Jul 2014 Netherlands Sportschool Golden Glory, Helmond, Netherlands
4 Win 4–0 Georgia (country) Gary Abajyan TKO 3 (6) 14 Oct 2013 Netherlands Theater Carré, Amsterdam, Netherlands
3 Win 3–0 Germany Philipp Kolodziej TKO 2 (6) 21 Sep 2013 Netherlands Sportschool Golden Glory, Helmond, Netherlands
2 Win 2–0 Turkey Ata Dogan TKO 1 (4) 6 Jul 2013 Netherlands Sportschool Golden Glory, Helmond, Netherlands
1 Win 1–0 Germany Anatolij Baron KO 2 (4) 3 Mar 2013 Netherlands Sportschool Golden Glory, Helmond, Netherlands

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: November 2018".
  3. ^ Rian Scalia. "GLORY 2 Brussels Final Fight Card For This Saturday".
  4. ^ Rian Scalia. "GLORY 2 Brussels Live Results".
  5. ^ Rian Scalia. "GLORY 6 Poster/Fighters Expected to Participate".
  6. ^ Rian Scalia. "Updated GLORY 6 Istanbul Fight Card For Saturday, April 6".
  7. ^ Rian Scalia. "GLORY 6 Istanbul: Daniel Ghita vs. Gokhan Saki, Live Results".
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 18, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Dave Walsh. "GLORY SuperFight Series Tokyo and GLORY 13 Spoilers".
  12. ^ Dave Walsh. "GLORY Makes GLORY 14 in Zagreb Official".
  13. ^ Roy. "GLORY 14 Zagreb: Fight Card". Kickboxingplanet.
  14. ^ Dave Walsh. "Nieky Holzken vs. Marc De Bonte Set for GLORY 16 Denver".
  15. ^ Dave Walsh. "Nieky Holzken Forced Out of GLORY 16 Title Fight".
  16. ^ Davies, Gareth A. (2018-02-24). "Callum Smith defeats Nieky Holzken to set up George Groves World Boxing Series final". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  17. ^ "Nieky Holzken Dazzles With A Crushing KO In His ONE Debut | ONE Championship". 2018-11-17. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
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  20. ^ Fraser Coffeen (9 January 2014). "Kickboxing 2013 Year End Awards: Fighter, Fight, and KO of the Year". Bloody Elbow.
  21. ^ Dave Walsh. "LiverKick Best of 2013: Fight of the Year".

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