And from the moment he started boxing, Sims started winning.
He has a record of 188 wins and only 12 losses that compliment his 10 national titles very well. Add those to his Junior World Title and it stands to reason that this member of Team USA boxing is poised to become the light-heavyweight champion of the world.
With a professional contract now added to the lengthy list of accomplishments, it’s guaranteed to bring more expectations, especially when one of the best promoters in the business is comparing Sims to Ali. But having never had an issue meeting expectations before, it may not be such a tall task.
Sims knows adversity and perseverance all too well and a life full of obstacles has only prepared him for boxing’s biggest stage.
“The most pressure I’ve ever had on me was over these last five years,” Sims Jr. said. “My mother and I would go to these tournaments in different states that would cost $2,000 a tournament and because it was an elimination tournament, if I lost the first one we have other hotels booked and we won’t get our money back so I had no choice but to win.”
When Sims Jr. isn’t doing ballet or going for a run in his preferred cold, rainy, and muddy climate, he’s relaxing. He listens to Explosions in the Sky, a calm, purely instrumental band, or watches one of his favorite romantic movies to remove himself as the violent aggressor and to re-group during much needed down time.
Outside the ropes and in between the hours upon hours of training and sparring, there’s a man with a mission that is seldom seen among pro athletes.
To be 18 and have such a “big-picture” attitude toward life is truly a rarity these days among athletes and icons that are on their way to making a healthy sum of money.