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Kenneth Sims Jr. News
The hard-hitting Romero rises off the canvas to earn a stoppage win and world title -- but not without some controversy.
Kenneth Sims Jr. Fights
WIN vs Batyr Akhmedov 10-3-0
May 13, 2023 • The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Batyr Akhmedov LOSES to Kenneth Sims Jr. by MD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Rock Dodler Myrthil 17-1-0
Dec 17, 2022 • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Rock Dodler Myrthil by TKO in Round 5 of 8
Win vs Cristian Ruben Mino 22-5-2
Aug 21, 2022 • Caribe Royale Orlando, Orlando, Florida, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Cristian Ruben Mino by TKO in Round 5 of 10
WIN vs Keeshawn Williams 8-0-1
Dec 25, 2021 • Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Keeshawn Williams LOSES to Kenneth Sims Jr by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Jermaine Corley 3-9-0
Oct 31, 2020 • Jamil Shrine Temple, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Jermaine Corley by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Darryol Humphery 3-12-0
May 18, 2019 • McBride Hall, Gary, Indiana, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Darryol Humphery by KO in Round 1 of 6
Loss vs Samuel Teah 14-2-1
Nov 16, 2018 • 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr LOSES to Samuel Teah by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Andrew Rodgers 4-3-1
Oct 13, 2018 • McBride Hall, Gary, Indiana, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Andrew Rodgers by UD in Round 6 of 6
Draw vs Montana Love 11-0-0
Jul 20, 2018 • WinnaVegas Casino & Resort, Sloan, Iowa, USA
Montana Love DRAWS with Kenneth Sims Jr by SD in Round 8 of 8
Loss vs Rolando Chinea 14-1-1
Jul 14, 2017 • Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr LOSES to Rolando Chinea by MD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Israel Villela 6-4-0
Apr 22, 2017 • Claridge Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Israel Villela by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Emanuel Robles 15-1-1
Jan 20, 2017 • Bally's Event Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Emanuel Robles by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Jonathan Dinong 5-1-0
Nov 11, 2016 • 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Jonathan Dinong by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Trevor Marmon 2-7-1
Oct 22, 2016 • National Guard Armory, Hammond, Indiana, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Trevor Marmon by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Gilbert Venegas 14-24-5
Sep 15, 2016 • 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Gilbert Venegas by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Tavorus Teague 3-8-2
Mar 11, 2016 • Marconi Automative Museum, Tustin, California, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Tavorus Teague by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Luis Rodriguez 3-2-0
Apr 25, 2015 • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Luis Rodriguez by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Christian Steele 4-11-2
Jan 09, 2015 • Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, New York, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Christian Steele by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Francisco Jalel Lopez 2-1-0
Nov 13, 2014 • The Space at Westbury, Westbury, New York, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Francisco Jalel Lopez by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Evan Woolsey 2-2-0
Jul 11, 2014 • Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Evan Woolsey by RTD in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Jose Araguz 0-1-0
Apr 25, 2014 • Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Jose Araguz by RTD in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Cory Muldrew 1-5-0
Mar 07, 2014 • Pala Casino Spa and Resort , Pala, California, USA
Kenneth Sims Jr WINS against Cory Muldrew by UD in Round 4 of 4
Kenneth Sims Jr Bio
Super lightweight contender Kenneth Sims Jr. is one of the best boxers in the stacked 140-pound weight class.
Forced to Fight
Kenneth Sims Jr. was only eight when his father forced him into boxing in order to learn how to defend himself.
"My dad forced me to box and I hated it," Sims said. "He was like, 'When you learn how to do it, you can quit.'"
But the younger Sims gradually became accustomed to trading blows in the ring.
"He picked up things so fast," said Sims Sr. "It was like, 'Oh, show him this - he has it.'"
By the time Sims Jr. was 16, he had begun to excel as an amateur, winning the National PAL Championships in order to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Trials, where he lost by a point to eventual Olympian and future world champion Jose Ramirez.
An 18-year-old Sims won the 2013 U.S. National Championships and a position on the USA Boxing national team, which traveled to Chile, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Ukraine and culminating with an appearance in the 2013 World Championships in Kazakhstan. Sims lost just 21 of 200 amateur bouts and was a seven-time National Champion.
Sims' professional debut in March 2014 was a four-round unanimous decision over 140-pound rival Cory Muldrew.
Then consecutive knockouts in the second- and first-rounds over Jose Araguz (April) and Evan Woolsey (July) preceded a six-round unanimous decision over Francisco Jalel Lopez (November).
A pair of six-round decisions followed in January and April 2015 over Christian Steele and Luis Rodriguez as Sims ended the year at 6-0 (2 KOs).
Sims went 4-0 (1 KO) in 2016, with six-round unanimous decisions over Tavorus Teague (March) and Gilbert Venegas (September), a 44-second knockout of Trevor Marmon (October) and six-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Dinong (November).
Nicknamed "The Bossman," Sims improved to 10-0 (3 KOs).
A Healthy Change
Sims went 2-1 in 2017, his eight-round unanimous decision over Emanuel Robles (January) and third-round TKO of Israel Villela (April) being followed by an eight-round majority decision loss to Rolando Chinea (July). Robles entered at 15-1-1 (5 KOs), and Chinea rose to 15-1-1 (6 KOs).
"The Bossman" continued to struggle in 2018, battling to a draw with Montana Love in July and earning a 4-round unanimous decision over Andrew Rogers in October before losing an eight-round unanimous decision to Samuel Teah in November. Love slipped to 11-0-1 (5 KOs), and Teah rose to (15-2-1, 7 KOs).
Sims revealed a diagnosis of the sickle cell trait following the loss to Teah. He researched the debilitating red blood cell disorder and made healthy nutritional changes during training camp to alleviate the problem.
"After I lost, my team, my uncle, my dad, we...went to the doctor and got blood work stuff done," Sims Jr. said. "I hired nutritionists and stuff. Since I've been working with them, I've been feeling great."
Sims bounced back with a 91-second stoppage of Darryol Humphery in May 2019 followed by a four-round unanimous decision over Jermaine Corley in October 2020.
"The Bossman" earned consecutive eight-round victories over previously unbeaten fighters in 2021, earning a majority decision over Elvis Rodriguez in May and a unanimous decision over Keeshawn Williams in December.
A hammer-fisted southpaw trained by Freddie Roach, Rodriguez slipped to 11-1-1 (10 KOs), and Williams to 8-1-1 (2 KOs).
"It meant everything to me and my team. I worked hard to get here," Sims Jr. said of the victory over Rodriguez. "I had some setbacks, but I know I'm supposed to be here. It just took a while to get here."
Ready To Be A World Champion
Sims scored consecutive fifth-round TKOs in 2022 over Cristian Ruben Mino in August and hard-hitting Rock Dodler Myrthil in December, the latter dropping the loser to 17-2-1 (13 KOs).
Sims earned his biggest career victory in May 2023 over power-punching, two-time world title challenger Batyr Akhmedov, winning by majority decision.
“This is the fight that I expected. This is what I’ve been waiting on for years. This just showed I’m ready for whatever," Sims told Showtime’s Jim Gray in the ring. “I’m ready to be world champion."