K-1 Max Fukuoka Japan 21 April 2009
After a great performance by heavyweight Golden Glory fighters Gokhan Saki, Errol Zimmerman, Semmy Schilt and Alistair Overeem in Yokohama Japan on Mach 28th, It is now time for Nieky Holzken to shine at the K-1 max till 70kg.
Nieky Holzken prepared well but a streak of bad luck in his preparation resulted in a broken toe for the “Natural” (Nieky’s nickname). Nieky’s nickname in Japan is the poison scorpion!
Holzken travelled to Japan with 80 percent of his ability, but used it well. His opponent Chahid from Morocco is not unknown in the Golden Glory team especially after Chahid’s KO victory over Drago.
The fight starts with Nieky Holzken moving forward scoring with push kicks, low kicks and some left hooks in a pretty even first round. A nice spinning back kick landed on the defence of Chahid
The second round Chahid tries to score with a punch kick combinations but he misses his target as Nieky shows a great defence. In round two it is a hard left hook which rocks Chahid, many other fighters would have fallen down and received an eight count. Chahid, showed good will power, but he was warned, Holzken has KO power.
Round two is for Nieky Holzken.
In round three it is again Nieky who is scoring the clear hits, with some nice uppercuts and liver punches followed by low kicks. Chahid tries to attack with series but none of the punches have impact and all land right in Holzken’s good defence.
Round three is also for Holzken.
Two judges gave it to Nieky Holzekn and one decides for a draw. He is the winner and advancing to the last 8 best 70kg fighters of the world Nieky “The natural’ Holzken
The following day Holzken is chosen by Buakaw and will be his first opponent in the final eight, which takes place in July 2009.
Great performance by Nieky Holzken despite his broken toe, who washed away the bad performance from Kharitonov during dream 8 at April 5th in Nagoya. Kharitonov did not train in Holland and it was quit a surprise for the team in what bad shape Kahritonov was in when he started the fight with Monson. In a later interview Kharitonov declared that the lack of fighting rhythm and training made his bad performance and that he immediately booked a trip to Holland to start serious training again and would be really ready to fight anybody next time!
Congratulations to Nieky Holzken with becoming a final 8 fighter!
Story Bas Boon pictures © FEG www.goldenglory.com