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Dutch kickboxer Nieky Holzken talks training, broken family, fatherhood

Nieky Holzken

Nieky Holzken

Fighting out of Helmond, Netherlands, Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, 34, is making his ONE Super Series debut in the co-main event of “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” on November 17, 2018 at Stadium Istora in Jakarta, Indonesia. He will compete in a kickboxing contest in a catch weight of 78 kg under ONE Super Series against Cosmo “Good Boy” Alexandre, 36, of Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Prior to the “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” fight night, Holzken revealed that the problems he faced as a child. Touted by many as one the greatest kickboxers in the world today, he revealed that his difficult past eventually led his focus on honing his skills in martial arts and the sport molded him to become a better person through years of training.

“I trained with Ramon Dekkers, Cor Hemmers and Sjef Weber,” Holzken stated. “Sjef was very good with my boxing, and Ramon and Cor with kickboxing. It gave me personality, character and respect.”

As a kid, Holzken was raised out of a broken family and he refused to go to school. But he is not letting his difficult past get in the way of his goal of becoming a ONE Super Series World Champion.

“I was a problem child,” Holzken shared. “I got kicked out of school when I was 9. I had to go to another school.”

“I did not enjoy school,” the Dutch kickboxer added. “I was very smart but I didn’t want to learn. If I could do it again, I would do it differently.”

When Holzken’s parents separated, he only had contact with his father’s family and no contact with his mother. He said the situation made him very hard and it helped him along the way.

But Holzken ultimately took something positive out of the situation and used it to motivate himself to become a good father. He said, “I want my children to live with a mom and dad who are together.”

“What I experienced definitely makes me a better dad,” the Helmond native said. Having learned from his past and with a goal in sight, he is bent on impressing in his ONE Championship debut as he aims to become one of the organization’s world champions in the very near future.

“To win in my debut would be great,” Holzken said. “I want to become the World Champion in ONE.”

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