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Smith and Holzken hit the scales: Will Holzken’s dream come true?

WBC Diamond Champion Callum Smith (76,0 kg) (23-0, 17 KOs ) and Nieky Holzken (76,0 kg) (13-0, 10 KOs) are ready for Saturday’s Ali Trophy Super Middleweight Semi-Final at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung.

“I believe I am good enough to win this tournament,“ said Callum Smith after the weigh-in.

(Photo credit: World Boxing Super Series)

After months of preparations, the British fighter was forced to switch focus to a new challenge following the withdrawal of veteran German fighter Juergen Braehmer with illness. However, the late change of opponent has not caused any concerns for the tournament 2nd seed.

“Nieky is just another person standing in the way, and I am looking forward to putting on a good performance and get a good and convincing win.”

“My boxing ability, my skills, and my boxing brain will be far too much for Nieky. People can look forward to watching a good show.”

Substitute fighter Nieky Holzken, the undefeated Dutch super middleweight, and a former world kickboxing champion joined the quest for the Ali Trophy this week. Over the course of the last days, the crossover star’s confidence has grown bigger and bigger.

“I started very young with boxing,” Holzken told just before the weigh-in.

“I liked the movies, and I wanted to be that guy in the movies. Sometimes dreams come true. This is like a ‘Cinderella Rocky thing’ – nobody knows me and I am stepping up against a big champion. My dream is to become a world champion in boxing and kickboxing. I am 13-0 and after tomorrow I am 14-0 and after the final, I am 15-0, that’s my goal!”

Tickets for the Ali Trophy semi-final Smith-Holzken at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung are available at


27/01/2018 Cruiserweight Semi-Final:

Aleksandr Usyk vs. Mairis Briedis (WBO World & WBC World) – Usyk won MD

Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia

24/02/18 Super Middleweight Semi-Final:

Callum Smith vs. Nieky Holzken (WBC Diamond Belt)

Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany

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