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Nieky Holzken Returns on February 12

  • Written by Rian Scalia

After going 5-1 in 2011, Nieky Holzken will return to the ring on February 12 in Eindhoven for his first fight of 2012. Holzken will be defending his WFCA -76.2 world title.

His opponent will be Grega Smole, a fighter from Slovenia. Little is known about Smole, and he somewhat seems like a last resort opponent, after talks to acquire other opponents like Faldir Chahbari and Khalid Bourdif didn't pan out. Smole fought in a one night, four man tournament in Germany in October on October 15, winning his quarter final match-up against Deniz Ilbay before losing to Frenchman Patrick Djanand in the final. There's not much out there on Smole. Here's a video of the win he picked up on October 15.

Also on the card, long time Dutch veteran Marco Pique takes on the familiar name from It's Showtime, Mohammed Medhar. Medhar didn't do too well in 2011, losing three fights so he'll look to rebound but it won't be easy against the much more experienced and bigger Pique. Pique went 4-2 in 2011, with the losses being to Nieky Holzken and Naruepol Fairtex.

Ali Cenik and Rodney Glunder round out the card's most notable match-ups. Cenik is still trying to break out as one of the better fighters at -95kg. A draw against Zabit Samedov in May raised some eyebrows, but he went on to lose to Sebastian Ciobanu in October. Glunder is a long time veteran at 37 years old, last losing to Loren Javier Jorge and Fred Sikking in October.

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