Nieky Holzken has not only been an unstoppable force in Glory lately but also was a big part in the two most viewed Glory cards to date. So it seemed only natural that we should sit down and have a little talk with him about all his recent success.
LK: Hello Nieky, thank you for taking the time for this interview. How has everything been since we saw you last in Virginia?
NH: hello yeah I'm fine training is going well.
LK: Lets start from the beginning, what age did you start Kickboxing, where did you start and what made you start?
NH: i start when i was 10 because of the movie Kickboxer in a gym called Yamaneko.
LK: What are your Current fight stats height, weight, record, etc?
NH: im 183cm 77 kg 103fights/92/11/53ko's
LK: How and who gave you the Nickname "The Natural"?
NH: Mike Passenier from Mike's Gym after a fight in England.
LK: What do you like to do during your time away from the gym?
NH: gaming, watching movies
LK: Even though you had a few Pro boxing fights last year, and a kickboxing fight in December, you said you still felt a bit rusty against Stetsurenko can you explain this?
NH: yeah he was a strong guy and i keep in mind that i have to fight a final
LK: How nice did it feel to get back in the Glory ring after one year, not only once but twice in one night so you could totally knock off the ring rust?
NH: yeah it feel great, I did what I had to do.
LK: Give me your honest opinion, did Raymond Daniels get up from your knockdowns more times than you expected? Also how did you feel about the ref giving you an 8 count in that fight?
NH: yeah he has good heart to come up every, time respect for him. But I don't deserve the 8 count I slipped and stand up very fast and it didn't hurt me.
LK: I'm sure you heard that both the #1 and #2 most viewed Glory events are Tokyo, and Virginia which both included you, what do you think about this?
NH: its luck i'm guessing haha
LK: One thing i've been wondering lately about your career is what is the difference between the Nieky Holzken at 70kgs as opposed to 77kgs, I've always noticed you are much more dominant at the heavier weight, is it the weight cut?
NH: yeah its the weight cut that was my biggest fights
LK: We all know that your next Glory fight will be against Valtellini, we just aren't sure when yet. Do you have any other fights planned in the meantime?
NH: yeah two fights in boxing april 19 and 24 may
LK: Valtellini has been very outspoken about fighting you on social media since his close victory over Mark De Bonte even though you have already knocked him out. I spoke to some of your family about this in Virginia, but I think you should tell all the fans how you feel about Valtellini, don't hold back.
NH: yeah Valtelinni says hes the champ and that he expects more from the next time we meet so he will get more much more.
LK: How was training in America with the Blackzillians compared to training in Holland?
NH: yeah the same because I train only with my trainer.
LK: What does the future hold for "The Natural"? Possible Pro boxing career? have there actually been talks with Showtime signing you?
NH: I concentrate a lot on boxing. I didn't hear anything about showtime I wish haha.
LK: Last question is 4 questions I ask everyone, Hardest Puncher you've fought?
NH: I don't now really i fought so much
LK: Hardest Kicker you've fought?
LK: Hardest Fight?
NH: It was a B class amatuer fight against Ali Mogtagari I won by KO but got two eight counts myself haha
LK: Your favourite fighter?
NH: Ramon Dekker/Mike Tyson
LK: Thank you so Much Nieky for this interview is there anything else you would like to say to your fans, sponsors, etc?
NH: I want to thank all the fans for support, love you all and my family and sponsor they will keep me going ush.
LK: Well I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to watch your next fight for the Glory title and I wish you all the best for the future.