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Three Years After Chance Encounter, Compton Faces Legendary Holzken

Elliot “The Dragon” Compton always believed the words he once spoke in a faraway hotel would eventually come true.

Back in 2017, the Australian was preparing for a fight in China and had just finished pre-bout weigh-ins. He and his father – who is also his trainer – boarded the elevator back to their hotel room. Just before the doors closed,  a man squeezed in to join them.

Compton immediately recognized him as kickboxing legend Nieky “The Natural” Holzken.

The two men briefly locked eyes and nodded at one another, although Compton sensed that Holzken had no idea who he was. When the elevator stopped, everyone got off, and the Australian watched the stocky-framed Dutchman strut down the hallway.

Compton, who hadn’t yet built a name for himself on the global stage, then turned to his father and made a bold statement.

“I told him, ‘I’m going to fight that guy one day,’” the Aussie recalls.

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