It’s official. Undefeated Dutch super middleweight Nieky Holzken (13-0, 10 KOs) replaces Juergen Braehmer as Callum Smith’s Ali Trophy opponent after the German veteran was forced to withdraw from Saturday’s semi-final showdown in Nuremberg. Braehmer has been suffering from the flu and yesterday revealed he would be unable to compete against Smith at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung. Holzken was already on standby as a reserve, will now have the opportunity to earn a place opposite WBA & IBO World Champion George Groves in the final.
The 34-year-old Holzken is primarily known as a kickboxer, but in recent years he has split his time between boxing and kickboxing. The biggest name on his boxing resume is Viktor Polyakov (13-3-1, 6 KOs), a 2004 Olympian. That fight was two weeks ago. The big-punching Smith, rated WBC #1 and WBO #2 in the world, will be a huge step up in class.
“It is unfortunate for Braehmer particularly after such as strong showing in his quarter-final fight with Rob Brant,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland. “Fortunately, we are prepared for such eventualities and the tournament will move forward with our reserve fighter Nieky Holzken facing Callum Smith in our fourth semi-final.” Continue reading “Smith gets new WBSS foe: Nieky Holzken”
It’s official. Undefeated Dutch super middleweight Nieky Holzken (13-0, 10 KOs) replaces Juergen Braehmer as Callum Smith’s Ali Trophy opponent after the German veteran was forced to withdraw from Saturday’s…
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