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Nieky Holzken Announces GLORY Departure

(GLORY Sports International)

In what was one of the last true holdouts of the old Golden Glory guard left in the GLORY ring, Nieky Holzken has decided to depart the promotion after contract negotiations fell through. Holzken, the former GLORY Welterweight Champion essentially cleaned out the division, running roughshod over it for years, that was until he met Cedric Doumbe. While Holzken is still an immensely talented fighter, a new generation of fighter stood in his way, including Doumbe and Alim Nabiyev, who were able to hand him three losses.

It’s interesting to see the deal with Holzken fall through right before GLORY is set to make its way to a new television network in the Netherlands and have a big arena event scheduled in Amsterdam this September. Nieky Holzken announced the departure via social media earlier today.

It didn't work out with glory im sorry fans 😢 they offered me a contract and i didn't feel good about it.so i said no to it. i supposed to fight in #glory59 in the new contract. In my old contact they gived me 3 fights plus 1 optional.i fought 2 fights,an canceled 1 because of an injury,and now they say they count the canceled fight as one i fought.that that was in the contract and i didn't see that.and then they say (glory) we can have a new contract and then they offer less money i wont accept.even that i lost some fights on points.im still very popular in kickboxing and sell many many tickets and they now.and thats wy i think they wanted me to go fight in the arena.@glorykickboxing i was 4 years worldchampion who helped them to grow world wide.i was there from glory 1 till now. Even when i beat valtellini for the first world title,i get injured and after 3 months they took away my title,and you have to defend a title in one year not 3 months. But i didn't complain and keep training and after 6 months training i could fight again and i say i wanted to fight for my title again.then they say i have to fight a contender tournament again to make chance to fight for the title again witch was mine.so again i didn't complain and i fight in virginia the tournament and unfortunately for glory i won again 😎 with a big ko against raymond daniels and after that fight i beat daniels again for the title. Im sorry fans but i wont quit.maby if i get a good offer from some other organizations i fight there in the future and if not i will stick to boxing And no hard feelings about glory because i had good years with them.and its al about business. But i have to ley my fans no

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“It didn’t work out with glory im sorry fans 😢 they offered me a contract and i didn’t feel good about it.so i said no to it. i supposed to fight in #glory59 in the new contract.

In my old contact they gived me 3 fights plus 1 optional.i fought 2 fights,an canceled 1 because of an injury,and now they say they count the canceled fight as one i fought.that that was in the contract and i didn’t see that.and then they say (glory) we can have a new contract and then they offer less money i wont accept.even that i lost some fights on points.im still very popular in kickboxing and sell many many tickets and they now.and thats wy i think they wanted me to go fight in the arena.@glorykickboxing i was 4 years worldchampion who helped them to grow world wide.i was there from glory 1 till now.
Even when i beat valtellini for the first world title,i get injured and after 3 months they took away my title,and you have to defend a title in one year not 3 months.
But i didn’t complain and keep training and after 6 months training i could fight again and i say i wanted to fight for my title again.then they say i have to fight a contender tournament again to make chance to fight for the title again witch was mine.so again i didn’t complain and i fight in virginia the tournament and unfortunately for glory i won again 😎 with a big ko against raymond daniels and after that fight i beat daniels again for the title.
Im sorry fans but i wont quit.maby if i get a good offer from some other organizations i fight there in the future and if not i will stick to boxing

And no hard feelings about glory because i had good years with them.and its al about business.
But i have to ley my fans no”

This is definitely going to sting for fans of Nieky Holzken, but it also opens up the door to new opportunities for the fighter in other promotions. Remember that stare down with Artur Kyshenko in China? That fight is entirely possible now. Promotions like Kunlun Fight, ONE Championship, Bellator or even K-1 Japan would be foolish not to pounce on this opportunity, or perhaps Holzken will move further into the realm of professional boxing. He at least seems open to continue kickboxing, which is always a good thing to see.