Anthony Sims Jr. admits he’s a work in progress – but wants to challenge for titles at the end of 2019 as he returns to action at The Forum in Inglewood, LA on Friday, April 26.
Anthony Sims Jr. admits he’s a work in progress – but wants to challenge for titles at the end of 2019 as he returns to action at The Forum in Inglewood, LA on Friday April 26.
Sims Jr (18-0 17KOs) impressed on British soil once again in his last outing, a sixth round stoppage of Mateo Veron in Peterborough, England to further extend his unbeaten record.
That was a first scheduled ten round contest for ‘The Magician’ and the longest amount of time he’s spent in the ring in his 18 wins since turning pro back in April 2014.
The 24 year old is settling into the Super-Middleweight division having dropped down from 175lbs and that’s where he wants to pick up his first pro hardware later in the year – before the Indiana man looks at bigger names and prizes in 2020.
“I am a work in progress,” said Sims Jr. “I’ve been working on my jab, letting my hands go and getting loose. My record says that I am a power-puncher so I am trying to get back to boxing as you can’t just go out there and expect to blast everyone away.
“I’d like some sort of title fight by the end of the year but the key is making sure I am ready because once you get to that level, there’s no turning back. I haven’t had to dig it out and grit my teeth in the 10th, 11th and 12th rounds yet, so I need to go deeper in fights before we get there, but it’s coming, those big fights could be ready for me next year.
“I’m only 24, I’m growing into things still. The champions out there like Callum Smith, Chris Eubank Jr are in their late 20s with plenty of experience. I’ve had a lot of fights but I am still young.
“Chris and I go back, we’re boys. We sparred when I was 18 and it was a great sparring session, it’s a fight I can see in the future. I am a Super-Middleweight. I’m stronger at 168lbs, it’s the best place for me.”