By Jon Uddin✏
Promising Super-Middleweight prospect 🇺🇸Anthony “The Magician” Sims Jr. (20-1-0, 18KO) let the WBO Latino Super-Middleweight Title slip through his fingers and suffered his first loss Thursday night in Miami, Florida, as he dropped a split decision to 10 year ring veteran 🇨🇴Roamer Alexis Angulo (26-1-0, 22KO) of Colombia.
January 30, 2020
Fight Review: Sims drops a split decision to Angulo (95-94, 93-96, 93-96). Sims was way to caught up in showing off his superior athleticism to Angulo, which was no secret to anyone coming into the matchup, but he was much too conservative with the solid jab he possesses. In past fights Sims has shown that he can do good work on the inside, but it’s understandable if he wanted to avoid going there with Angulo since it plays into the Colombian natives wheelhouse.
However, he needed to at least keep the jab in the face of Angulo to show that not only did he have the elusiveness to avoid his attack, but he would make him pay anytime he tried to put the heat on. What happened instead was Sims looked way too inactive and Angulo ended up getting the nod in the majority of rounds due to his aggressiveness and willingness to make the fight. Sims was even told by trainer James Doolin after the sixth round that he was down on the cards and needed to step it up, but for whatever reason Sims didn’t heed the advice.
This is a rough loss for Sims, as he seemed primed to make his move in the super middleweight division this year. All he can do now is chalk this one down as a tough lesson and change his mentality in his next outing. He will lose some sleep between now and his next fight after letting this one get away.
January 27, 2020
Prospect Analysis: Sims is entering his seventh year as a pro, and at 24, this looks to be the year where the competition and goals really crank up for him. The Plainfield, Indiana native went 3-0 with two knockouts in 2019, the most recent win coming in October by way of sixth round stoppage over Morgan Fitch in Chicago.
Sims looks to have what it takes to be a top contender in the Super-Middleweight division. He has a good ring IQ and smooth presence as he moves around the ring. He quickly establishes his distance against his opponents, and his jab is strong enough to work defensively to keep his man at bay, and also to work his way inside where he has look strong working behind his hooks and uppercuts. Throw in his charisma outside the ring and you have the ingredients for star power.
January 27, 2020
The Opposition: Angulo has been fighting at the pro level since 2010, when he made his professional debut at the age of 24. The 35 year old from Colombia made his U.S. debut in 2015 and is now currently based out of Miami, Florida. Angulo’s resumé isn’t filled with the stiffest of competition but he did prove to be a tough out against Gilberto Ramirez, taking the then WBO Super-Middleweight champion the distance in a loss in 2018.
January 27, 2020
Fight Outlook: Not the worst way for Sims to kick off what he hopes to be a big year that puts him in the mix with the best at Super-Middleweight. Angulo won’t be able to match what Sims bring in skillset but he’s a rugged veteran that will make him work for what he wants in the ring. This doesn’t appear to have the makings of an exciting toe to toe battle, but hopefully for Sims it will help in the final stages of his development heading into title contender status.
Anthony Sims Jr.
Record: 20-1-0, 18KO
From: Plainfield, Indiana
KO rate: 86%
Alias: The Magician
Debut: April 19, 2014
Years pro: 6
Trainer: James Doolin