“Boxing and turning professional is only a fraction of what I was put on earth to do,” Sims said. “My real calling is to help the children. When I was younger my mother would take me to charities and orphanages and I never understood why we had to do that but she did it because she wanted me to understand at any moment we could be in that situation. I’m here to take the wealth that I’ll gain from boxing to make the world a better place.”
Sims’ mother will continue the role she’s been playing in his life even as he takes the next step in his career. She’s now his manager, something promoter Murad Muhammad insisted on because of the time and effort she has put into making all of this possible.
Sims is confident, not cocky, and there is a difference.
Name any of boxing’s most successful fighters and it becomes instantly clear that you have no business getting into the ring if you don’t think you’re the best. It’s a sport that requires finesse, strength, agility, and swagger. All of which are included when Sims steps into the ring. He’s earned the right as much as he deserves the right to be the first to tell you he is what all the fuss is about.
“I believe I am that person,” Sims said. “What I do is ordinary to me. What LeBron James does is probably ordinary to him. They say every 20 years an extraordinary athlete is born and I’ve been told that I’m that athlete and I believe I am that athlete. I don’t want the fame and the flash; that’s not me, but I believe I am that type of champion.”