Nieky ‘The Natural’ Holzken is one of the best boxers in kickboxing, with a superb sense of distance and timing. He picks opponents apart with precision striking, using setups and counter-attacks to take them apart. But more than this Holzken is a true Dutch kickboxer who is able to fluidly combine kicks, punches and knees.
Holzken throws extremely fluid combinations and will often finish on a left hook to the head or body. In fact he is one of the biggest users of the body-shot in kickboxing and he has dropped numerous opponents with his infamous liver-shot. It is said by sparringpartners that Holzken throws punches like a heavyweight.
Aside from kickboxing, Holzken has also competed successfully in Muay Thai and in professional boxing. He has no plans to move full-time into either of those sports but it is testament to his comprehensive skillset that he can switch between disciplines at will and achieve victory in them all.
On November 26, 2006 Holzken made his K-1 debut at K-1 World Max North European Qualification in Stockholm, Sweden. With Ramon Dekkers in his corner and his regular coach/trainer, he won the tournament bij 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
Holzken is the current GLORY World Welterweight Tournament Champion (-77.1kg/170 lb). He was initially scheduled to fight Marc de Bonte in the semi-finals in Tokyo, Japan 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 Tournament Champion.
For the years coming Holzken plans on growing as a fighter and improving his already impressive fightrecord.