So often today’s young fighters are protected, their records are run to 15-0 or 20-0 in efforts to build hype and set them up for something much bigger. A big-money fight they may or may not be ready for. This Christmas PBC gave fight fans a prospect-loaded card at the Prudential Center that aired live on Fox. The card featured several prospects. however, no prospect shined brighter than 16-2-1 Prospect “Bossman” Kenneth Sims Jr. of Chicago, Illinois. Sims Jr beat undefeated prospect, Elvis Rodriguez, back in May and then followed it up by beating another unbeaten prospect on Christmas when he dominated Keeshawn Williams. To move his record to 17-2-1 emerge as a legitimate contender and threat in the junior welterweight division and capture our Prospect of the Month award.
The Bossman was unaware of who he was even supposed to fight on the day of the weigh-in. When he was given yet another undefeated fighter in Keeshawn Williams of Wahington DC it seemed like an uphill battle for the Chicago native. Sims got going right away hurting his opponent with a right hand early in the first and then against hurting his opponent with a left to the body late in the opening stanza. The pace picked up in the second as Williams started to land some heavy artillery but Sims would even the score every time. Sims seized control of the fight in the second half of the scheduled eight-rounder. Sims cracked Williams with a sharp right hand when there was about 1:15 to go in the fifth. He remained in control for the remainder scoring with another sharp hook in the sixth that rocked Williams and switched in and out of the southpaw and conventional stances landing clean right hooks from the southpaw stance and rolling to a hard-fought but clear UD by scores of 79-73 X2 and 77-75.
Bossman Sims cut his bones on the ShoBox cards and became a household name amongst hardcore boxing heads. ShoBox has produced so many high-level fights between up-and-coming prospects. It gave Sims Jr a platform to display his skills, and he did just that. Unfortunately, Sims just couldn’t seem to get a decision to go his way. He dropped a decision to Rolando Chinea that could have gone either way, settled for a draw with Montana Love, and was robbed blind against Samuel Teah. This all happened in a 16-month span over 2017-18. However, he has seemed to hit his stride and has emerged on the prospect-loaded PBS cards. He is perhaps a win or two away from being in the world title picture. Perhaps a fight in 2022 with the likes of Batyr Akhmedov, Subriel Matias, or Richardson Hitchens will be the win necessary to propel him into the title picture.