Four-time GLORY The former kickboxing world champion Nieky Holzken is amazed by his son’s ability to compete successfully in the ring against opponents with far more ring experience.
Holzken, a combat sports veteran with 94 career wins to his credit, will make his long-awaited return to the ONE Championship ring on June 9 when he goes into the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium for a fight with Arian Sadikovic. The bout will take place during ONE Fight Night 11 at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
Ahead of his trip back to the Land of Smiles, ‘The Natural’ provided some insight into his son’s development inside the ring, particularly his ability to go toe-to-toe with veterans:
“He is tremendously, tremendously strong. In his workouts, he competes against men ranging in age from 20 to 28… The fact that he is able to kick their asses despite the fact that they are A-class fighters demonstrates his incredible strength.
When Nieky Holzken competed inside the squared circle for the last time, it had been more than a year, and he was knocked out in the second round by Sinsamut Klinmee, who had previously challenged for the ONE World Title twice. Prior to that, Holzken had already knocked off striking veteran John Wayne Parr in the second round of their match at ONE on TNT III in 2021. “The Natural” also has wins on his record against hard-hitting boxers like Mustapha Haida and Cosmo Alexandre of Brazil.
Arian Sadikovic, a German star with 23 victories overall, will be waiting for him at ONE Fight Night 11 to face off against him. “Game Over” presently holds a record of 1-1 under the ONE Championship banner. He earned his personal victory over Mustapha Haida before suffering a loss via unanimous decision to two-time ONE world champion Regian Eersel at ONE 156 in 2017.
On June 9, subscribers in North America to Amazon Prime Video will be able to watch ONE Fight Night 11 live and for free during primetime in the United States.