Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken

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Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken
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2.5
Average: 2.5 (2 votes)

Date: 
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Location: 
Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Bayern, Germany
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
168
Titles at Stake: 
WBC Super Middleweight Diamond Title. World Boxing Super Series - Semi-Final
Referee: 
Tom Taylor

Official Judging
Sergio Silvi 117 - 111
Nikolay Sigov 117 - 111
Bela Florian 118 - 110

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Super middleweight prospect, Callum Smith, competes in the World Boxing Super Series, semi-finals. Smith was due to take on German veteran, Jurgen Braehmer, but Braehmer withdrew, injured.

Unbeaten Dutch, Nieky Holzken, is the replacement opponent for Braehmer, a big underdog.

The fight is lacklustre, basic, but a decent performance from Callum Smith, as he wins most of the rounds, outpoints and is clearly a level above Holzken, but it is not a great performance, not much of a statement from Smith.

A win is a win for Smith, and he advances to the final of the tournament, to hopefully face WBA champion, George Groves, though it the fight isn't guaranteed to happen, due to Groves suffering with a severe shoulder injury, which he sustained in the last round against Chris Eubank Jr, in the semi-final, a fight he won by UD.




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Callum Smith
                                                                    
10
10
10
9.85
9
10
10
10
9.57
9.85
10
9.14
Nieky Holzken
                                                                    
9
9
9
9.14
10
9
9
9
9.57
9.14
9
9.85


Fan Cards: Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken


scorecard by THEICEMANJDOG
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
CALLUM SMITH
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
117
NIEKY HOLZKEN
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
111


scorecard by THEUNDEFEATED
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
CALLUM SMITH
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
118
NIEKY HOLZKEN
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
111


scorecard by RUTHLESS-RKO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
CALLUM SMITH
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
116
NIEKY HOLZKEN
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
112


scorecard by MJARSULIC
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
CALLUM SMITH
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
118
NIEKY HOLZKEN
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
110


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
CALLUM SMITH
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
117
NIEKY HOLZKEN
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
111


scorecard by FLOYD TOUGH COMPETITOR MAYWEATHER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
CALLUM SMITH
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
117
NIEKY HOLZKEN
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
111


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
CALLUM SMITH
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
119
NIEKY HOLZKEN
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

This is one to watch, it is part of a great tournament, it doesn't seem like a semifinal, but it is, the winner gets the opportunity to compete for the trophy, based on these facts, despite the circumstances, this fight should be taken seriously, as very significant.

I think Braehmer pulling out is tough for Smith, there isn't a lot of notice here, and Holzken is nothing like Braehmer, he's 5 years younger, he's fresher, he's a puncher.
This isn't like the situation with Joshua vs Pukev becoming Joshua vs Takam, where the opponent is very different, but roughly, an equally good fighter, this is a case of a veteran former world champion, who had earned his right to compete in this fight, withdrawing, and the replacement, being a guy who is quite old, at 34, and has only had 13 fights, against, at this level, quite low level opposition.
There are few ways of assessing the challenge that taking on Holzken, could be for Smith.
Holzken was announced as the replacement just a fortnight after his last fight, on the one hand, he's not rusty, he's not coming off a break, he's probably in shape, and activity really is important in boxing, but on the other hand, if a guy has a fight, fights in a fight like this 3 weeks later, that tells me he is skyrocketing in class, opposition, and he's just skipping levels and levels. In conclusion, Holzken has to be acknowledged as a live opponent for Smith, being not as old as Braehmer, not at all similar to Braehmer, being unbeaten, will probably really show up to fight, and being a fighter who can punch a bit as well.

Whenever I predict Smith to demolish an opponent early, he either struggles big time, or just looks a little flat, but whenever I predict an opponent to give him problems, he blasts them out sharpish, he's a very unpredictable fighter, a fighter who rises to the occasion.
I want to say Smith blasts Holzken out inside 4 rounds, but I think it might pan out a bit differently.

Holzken's confident he can and will win, he should be, self belief, strong mentality is more valuable than people think, but when it gets the point when we are talking about a fighter who is a late sub, has had half the fights his opponent has had, is 7 years older, and 7 bad years, has also competed at a much lower level, then the favourite, the fighter with the advantages, needs to have reason for us to question his self belief, because if that isn't the case, which I'm certain it isn't, that aspect is neutralised, and all we can say for the underdog is that desire, mental stability in the ring is just something we can't add to the list of reasons why won't win, and probably not something which can help him win.

I think Holzken will try to get on the offensive early, establish his ability to hurt Smith, but it will be him who is hurt, as Smith catches him coming forward.
I think Holzken will use the ring after he realises he can't hold his ground and fight Smith without coming off worse, and trying to beat Smith at distance won't be any better for him, as the rounds tick by, and it is Smith who is patiently applying controlled pressure, waiting for Holzken to give him some openings, and Holzken looking for opportunities to move forward and land some shots of his own, but he will be unable to bait Smith in, and unable find any opportunity to have a significant amount of success.
I think Smith will win every round, he'll be doing all the work, throwing all the shots, and it will be Holzken who is becomibg fatigued, not Smith, as Smith lands some very hurtful shots on Holzken in the last half of round 8.
I think Holzken's corner will pull him out after 8 rounds.

Where is the score card for Groves Vs Eubank gone why was it removed the fight just happened.

Champion97's picture

Try it again, should be OK, sometimes it is faulty during maintenance, maybe because I updated it.

Caleb Plant vs Rogelio Medina was a 12 round fight can you fix it so we can put the correct score in.

Champion97's picture

Tale of the tape

Smith
Height: 191
Age: 27
Fights: 23
World title contests: 0
Wins: 23
KO percentage: 74
Year of debut: 2012
Current activity rate (2016-present): 5 fights
Time since last fight: 5 months
Unbeaten opponents: 4
Opponents with losing records: 7
Experiences of completing 12 rounds: 3
Experiences of completing 10 rounds: 4
Experiences of completing 8 rounds: 5
Knockouts inside 2 rounds: 11
Title bouts: 11

Holzken
Height: 182
Age: 34
Fights: 13
World title contests: 0
Wins: 13
KO percentage: 77
Year of debut: 2013
Current activity rate (2016-present): 4 fights
Time since last fight: 3 weeks
Unbeaten opponents: 0
Opponents with losing records: 3
Experiences of completing 12 rounds: 0
Experiences of completing 10 rounds: 2
Experiences of completing 8 rounds: 2
Knockouts inside 2 rounds: 6
Title bouts: 2

Best opponents between them (opinionated)
1. Erik Skoglund (Smith won, UD)
2. Rocky Fielding (Smith won, TKO 1)
3. Hadillah Mohoumadi (Smith won, TKO 1)
4. Christopher Rebrasse (Smith won, UD)
5. Nikola Sjekloca (Smith won, UD)
6. Viktor Polyakov (Holzken won, TKO 2)
7. Vladine Biosse (Smith won, UD)
8. Norbert Nemesapati (Smith won, TKO 6)
9. Tobias Webb (Smith won, KO 2)
10. Matingu Kindele (Holzken won, UD)

Gold's picture

Didn't score it but Smith looked domestic level, I think Braehmer could have beat him. Groves will cruise past him.

Champion97's picture

Disagree, as someone who has seen a lot of his career, and this is the huge disagreement we had before, I respect your opinion, you talk a lot of sense, if you can't judge a fighter off watching them do their job in a professional fight when can you form an opinion?, OK, I get it, but fighters do rise to the occasion, you can not see Smith's limitations based on this fight. A lot of fighters look poor when they aren't challenged, but shock you when they fight stronger opposition, quite a lot of fighters are like that actually.
I think Smith beats Groves, and everybody else in the division apart from Ramirez.
Just to confirm though, from my side, all beef squashed, just giving my opinion, and my standpoint, that's all.

Gold's picture

He looked pretty bad considering Holzken was spending most of his time coming straight in behind a high guard and not cutting off the ring. Maybe the fact that it was on such a short notice effected him, but I am just giving my opinion on this fight specifically, I had never seen Callum Smith before so I could definitely be wrong.

Champion97's picture

Smith does have flaws, he does make mistakes, and he does get hit a lot more than he should, and on a hit and don't get hit basis, I think Groves has the better of him, but the fight is very interesting because size, vulnerability/durability, stamina, adaptability come into it, the fight might change.

Champion97's picture

Decent performance from Callum Smith, not great, not his best, but it was decent, he won what I think was a landslide really, certainly won by a wide margin, against a live opponent, an undefeated opponent, based on that, the performance can't have been that bad, it just wasn't his best.

I thought Smith did the basics very well, used his feet, used his reach, and let a decent amount of shots go, without making too many mistakes. Smith kept it basic, he didn't impress us with a technical masterclass, he never put his opponent on the canvas, but it was a win, that is what matters. Smith does have some flaws, the only time they've cost him anything, I think was against Skoglund, but he can be there to be hit with silly shots, it will be interesting to see how he can correct these flaws in the next couple of years, or work around his technical weaknesses.

I think Groves vs Smith would be fantastic, very interesting fight, very entertaining fight as well.