Nieky Holzken vs Regian Eersel for the inaugural ONE Lightweight kickboxing title
Nieky Holzken (pictured left) faces Regian Eersel for the inaugural ONE Lightweight kickboxing title on May 17, 2019 in Singapore | Pic: ONE Championship

Holzken vs. Eersel joins ONE: Enter the Dragon

Some of the world’s best strikers collide on May 17 when ONE Championship returns to the Singapore Indoor Stadium with the likes of Yodsanklai Fairtex and Giorgio Petrosyan participating. The fight card of the event, billed as “Enter the Dragon”, has just become even better, adding the inaugural ONE Lightweight kickboxing title fight between famed Nieky Holzken and Regian Eersel.

Nieky Holzken is former welterweight champion in GLORY Kickboxing. He makes his fourth ONE Championship appearance riding the 2-fight win streak. In his previous bout this past February Holzken earned a unanimous decision against Mustapha Haida. Before that he stopped Cosmo Alexandre in the second round.

Regian Eersel is coming of the second-round KO of Anthony Njokuani scored also in February. Before that he TKO’d Joakim Hagg in the fifth round to retain Lion Fight middleweight belt. Eersel made his ONE Championship debut last April coming out victorious over Brad Riddell.

The Nieky Holzken vs. Regian Eersel championship bout serves as a co-headliner of ONE: Enter the Dragon. Top of the fight-bill features mixed martial artist Shinya Aoki in defense of his ONE Lightweight title against Christian Lee.

The fight card also includes the quarter-final bouts of ONE Featherweight kickboxing World Grand Prix, as well as a highly anticipated debut of Sage Northcutt who faces Cosmo Alexandre in MMA matchup at welterweight. In addition, Ariel Sexton and Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev square off in the semi-final of ONE Lightweight WGP following their wins in February against Amir Khan and Ev Ting (respectively).

Other matchups and fight order is expected to be set in the coming days. The list of announced to date bouts can be found below.

Lightweight Shinya Aoki vs. Christian Lee (MMA)
Lightweight Nieky Holzken vs. Regian Eersel (Kickboxing)
Featherweight Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Phetmorakot Petchyindee Academy (Kickboxing)
Featherweight Andy Souwer vs. Jo Nattawut (Kickboxing)
Featherweight Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Samy Sana (Kickboxing)
Featherweight Dazhabar Askerov vs. Enriko Kehl (Kickboxing)
Lightweight Ariel Sexton and Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (MMA)
Welterweight Sage Northcutt vs. Cosmo Alexandre (MMA)