Nieky Holzken faces Islam Murtazaev at ONE: ‘X’
Two big kickboxing fights have found their way onto the ONE: ‘X’ card. Nieky Holzken will take on Islam Murtazaev in a battle between two top lightweight contenders.
Between them they have challenged for the title three times. Holzken is a K-1 Max veteran who is still going strong at the age of 38 and has won his last two.
Murtazaev is eight years younger. He was something of an unknown quantity before signing with ONE Championship but caused lightweight champion Regian Eersel some real problems in the early exchanges.
As previously announced champion Angela Lee will be defending her belt against atomweight Grand Prix winner Stamp Fairtex in the main event. The show will commemorate the promotion’s tenth anniversary and was originally supposed to take place last month.
Also on that card will be the mixed rules fight between Demetrious Johnson and Rodtang Jitmuangnon. The bout will alternate between Muay Thai and MMA with a different set of rules for each round.