Anthony Sims Jr was moving down to the super middlweight limit of 168 pounds for the first time in tonight’s fight with Vaughn Alexander, and also wound up going a 10-round distance for the first time, scoring the unanimous decision.
Sims improved to 19-0 (17 KO) with the victory, coming on scores of 96-94, 98-92, and 98-92. He looked good for the most part here, not some big, blowaway performance or anything — never had Alexander (14-3, 9 KO) in any real trouble — but got to show his skills in a step-up fight against a crafty guy. There’s probably a lot more to be taken from this win than all of his flashier victories combined.
The 24-year-old Sims will move on toward likely bigger and better things, while for Alexander, this is a fight that probably showed his level and value in the sport. The 33-year-old brother of Devon Alexander, Vaughn turned pro and fought five times in 2004, then didn’t fight again for 12 years, after serving 11 years in prison. At 33, he’s not an old guy or anything, and has said he’ll move down to 160 going forward to try and give his boxing career its best shot.