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[PHOTOS] Netherlands vs Italy: Nieky Holzken, Mustapha Haida fight at ‘ONE: Call to Greatness’ in Singapore

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The Netherlands and Italy were three of the countries represented at “ONE: Call to Greatness.” It was the first ONE Championship event in 2019 to be held in Singapore.

Featuring six mixed martial arts matches, four kickboxing contests and one Muay Thai bout, “ONE: Call to Greatness” took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on February 22, 2019. In the eighth bout of the evening, Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, 35, of the Netherlands will face Mustapha “Dynamite” Haida, 20, of Italy.

Holzken was one of the two fighters who represented the Netherlands at “ONE: Call to Greatness.” Haida was the sole representative of Italy.

Blue Corner

Born on December 10, 1988, Haida is originally from Morocco. Fighting out of Fight Club Firenze in Florence, Italy, he competed in GLORY, SUPERKOMBAT, Kunlun Fight and Bellator Kickboxing before joining ONE Super Series.

When Haida made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on September 8, 2018, he knocked out “The Rock” Dawson, 40, of Australia. “ONE: Call to Greatness” marked the Moroccan-Italian kickboxer’s second ONE Super Series bout.

Red Corner

Holzken was born in Helmond, Netherlands on December 16, 1983 and is fighting out of Team Holzken, Helmond. Before joining ONE Super Series, he competed in K-1 World MAX, It’s Showtime, United Glory and GLORY, among others.

When Holzken made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Warrior’s Dream”  at the Stadium Istora in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 17, 2018, he knocked out  Cosmo “Good Boy” Alexandre, 36, of Brazil. “ONE: Call to Greatness” marked the Dutch kickboxer’s second ONE Super Series bout.

Fight Result

With Atsushi Onari as the referee, Holzken and Haida competed in a kickboxing contest in the lightweight division at “ONE: Call to Greatness.” The Dutch kickboxing star was clinical in his approach as he dominated the Italian striker.

For the majority of the three-round kickboxing contest, Holzken was a step ahead. He caught Haida with precise punches and well-placed kicks.

Late in the match, Haida attempted to mount a comeback but his rally came up short. The bout was left in the hands of the judges and in the end, Onari raised the hand of Holzken, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Call to Greatness” improved Holzken’s professional kickboxing record to 92 wins, 14 losses and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Haida now has 39 wins, 8 losses and 3 draws.

“ONE” Call to Greatness” Main Event

In the main event of the evening, Stamp Fairtex, 21, of Thailand and Janet Todd, 33 of the U.S. competed for the inaugural ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Championship title. The Thai contender won via unanimous decision.

Argentina, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Call to Greatness.” Check the complete results here.

Here are Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson giving a “ONE: Call to Greatness” recap:

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