Callum Smith vs. Nieky Holzken in Play For WBSS Clash

By Rick Reeno

As previously reported on, Juergen Braehmer (49-3, 35KOs) has withdrawn from Saturday's semi-final bout with Callum Smith (23-0, 17KOs). Braehmer has been battling a bad illness for several days.

The event, which is scheduled to takes place at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung in Germany, will still go forward as planned.

Based on what BoxingScene was advised earlier - Comosa, which is the parent company behind the World Boxing Super Series, is likely going to announce Smith's new opponent later today.


According to multiple sources, 34-year-old Nieky Holzken (13-0, 10 KOs) of the Netherlands is the frontrunner to replace Braehmer.

Holzken was already scheduled to fight on the undercard against Dmitry Chundinov.

"The Natural" Holzken is very well respected kickboxer who converted over to boxing. The he was the Glory welterweight champion, a two-time European Muay Thai champion and the K-1 MAX Scandinavia 2006 tournament champion.

Nearly all of Holzken's boxing matches have taken place in the Netherlands. He's never faced anyone on the level of Smith, but makes a better late-replacement than Chudinov, who is coming off a decision loss to 45-year-old Lolenga Mock.

To reach the semi-finals, Smith claimed a 116-112, 117-110, 117-111 decision victory on the judges' cards against Sweden’s Erik Skoglund at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Germany’s Braehmer, 39 years old and moving down from light heavyweight, dominated the much younger Rob Brant in Kongresshalle in Schwerin with the judges scoring it 119-109, 118-110 and 116-112 in favor of the former light heavyweight world titleholder.

Last Saturday night, WBA super middleweight champion George Groves secured his place in the finals with a dominant twelve round unanimous decision win over domestic rival Chris Eubank Jr. at the Manchester Arena.

But, the other hiccup in the tournament is pertaining to Groves suffering a bad shoulder injury in the final round of the fight. There is still no clear indication on Groves' ability to fight in the final bout, which at the moment is scheduled to take place in early June.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by giacomino on 02-20-2018

Braehmer did the same thing in 2011 when he pulled out of a fight against the equally fraudulent Shumenov at the last minute. He and Sauerland can’t stand legitimate opposition against fighters his own size without faking an illness [url][/url]

Comment by BigZ44 on 02-20-2018

At least Holzken is coming off a win over Polyakov, who recently beat Sek and De Carolis. But still, Smith is gonna give him the Dutch Oven

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 02-20-2018

[QUOTE=DuckAdonis;18502556]Super six was better yes but this still got us some great fights. The Cruiserweight WBSS is way better tho and better than the Super gives us an undisputed king and fight of the year match ups[/QUOTE] I agree…

Comment by DuckAdonis on 02-20-2018

[QUOTE=JcLazyX210;18502532]Dude shut up. This euro trash tournament is an joke. Nothing like the old super six.[/QUOTE] Super six was better yes but this still got us some great fights. The Cruiserweight WBSS is way better tho and better than the…

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 02-20-2018

[QUOTE=DuckAdonis;18502278]Holzken is one of the best kickboxers and he has held a record in boxing of 13-0 right now. He's not Euro level and its better than Smith fighting no one to get to the final. He can have an…

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