The Dutch-Surinamese kickboxer was the first athlete to register a ONE Super Series victory last April, and when he returns to action at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 17 May, he will compete to become the inaugural ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Champion.
Eersel will face off against another Dutch striking master when he meets Nieky “The Natural” Holzken in the center of the ring, and “The Immortal” is excited to deliver a clash worthy of the World Championship gold.
17 MAY Shinya Aoki vs. Christian Lee for the ONE Lightweight World Title Nieky Holzken vs. Regian Eersel for the ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Title 8 of the world's best strikers enter the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix The ONE debut of "Super" Sage NorthcuttSingapore | 17 May | 7:00PM | Watch on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onedragon19
Posted by ONE Championship on Monday, 15 April 2019
“It is important for me to win the title because ONE Championship is now the biggest organization in the kickboxing world,” says Eersel.
“When I started martial arts I never thought I would come this far. I just want to take the opportunity that I have been given and give the audience a great fight.”
That spectacular stoppage was enough to punch his ticket to a World Title shot in The Home Of Martial Arts.
Flash: The sensational KO that earned Regian Eersel a shot at becoming ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Champion! Singapore | 17 May | 7:00PM | Watch on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onedragon19
Posted by ONE Championship on Monday, 22 April 2019
“I wasn’t surprised that I got the opportunity, but I was a little bit surprised that it came so soon,” Eersel admits.
Both men won multiple World Titles before they arrived in ONE, and they have shown world-class technical prowess and finishing ability on the global stage for martial arts – Holzken has also picked up one jaw-dropping knockout and a hard-earned decision.
Though it seems almost impossible to pick a frontrunner on current form, Holzken will enter the encounter with the experience advantage. He is nine years his rival’s senior and has almost twice as many professional kickboxing bouts to his credit – his record is 92-14 (1 NC) compared to Eersel’s 53-4.
“The Immortal” has a wealth of respect for his compatriot, but he is certain he can defeat him.
“He is an experienced guy, I respect him for what he has achieved,” says the Sityodtong Amsterdam representative.
“He’s a very complete striker with very good boxing skills and good kicks – I like how he fights.
“To overcome him I think I have to move a lot and be sure of what I do. I have confidence because I have a good team behind me and I have trained very hard for this fight.”
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Posted by ONE Championship on Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Eersel adds that his key to victory will be forward pressure against the seemingly unflappable man from Helmond.
There is not much an opponent could throw at Holzken that he has not seen before in the ring, but “The Immortal” says he is a very different prospect to most adversaries “The Natural” has faced.
“My fight style is aggressive, I like to push forward and hurt them,” he explains.
“I think when the opponent sees me and stands in front of me in the ring, they should be scared of my aggression because every time I fight, I’m going for the kill.”
Implementing his strategy on the ice-cool and powerful Holzken will not be an easy task, but with the biggest prize of his career at stake, it is a challenge he is willing to meet head-on, in typical “Immortal” style.
“Winning the belt means everything for me. Beating Nieky Holzken is important for me to win the World Title and build my legacy,” Eersel states.
“I’m not a guy that is going to predict anything, I will just say I am going to win – it doesn’t matter how, KO or points. The fans can expect a very hard fight that could go both ways.”
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