Anthony Sims: Will ‘The Magician’ emerge as a Liam Smith opponent? | ‘Liam is nothing special!’ | Boxing News
Anthony Sims has his sights set on a clash with previous earth champion Liam Smith – after vowing to “whoop” Zak Chelli in Saturday’s showdown, live on Sky Sports.
The American will come into the bout at Wembley Arena with a 23-1 (20) document and is established to pose English winner Chelli (12-1-1, (6)) arguably his toughest check to date in a 10-spherical contest on the BOXXER card.
Even so, Sims Jr has his eyes on facing Chris Eubank Jr’s new conqueror Smith even further down the line as well, and the 27-yr-aged observed very little in the former WBO super-welterweight king’s amazing fourth-round stoppage of his British rival to be unduly anxious about.
“Who, Liam Smith? No, I just observed Chris Eubank with his hands down, boxing foolishly to be sincere,” Sims explained when requested if he observed something perhaps harmful in the Liverpudlian. “I was pretty upset with the effectiveness I didn’t assume him to glimpse like that.
“It was a superior efficiency, but he failed to battle the Chris Eubank that we know. He fought a ‘Roy Jones’ (Eubank Jr’s trainer) Chris Eubank. We didn’t see the aggressive, counter-punching Chris Eubank, like how his father fought.
“Him [Smith] and his brother [Callum] became champions by mastering the principles. It’s very little exclusive that they do, almost nothing pretty that they do. They go in and they deal with small business, they execute the sport program – they are pros.
“I believe it would be a very good combat. An Englishman, he is been around, he is a veteran, and it will occur down to understanding. We both equally have two arms, two legs, same height, same excess weight, but it will come down to who would like it far more, and the system.”
Chelli received the English super-middleweight title previous time out, beating Germaine Brown via unanimous conclusion in a 10-round contest at the identical venue he returns to on Saturday.
Sims has taken note of the 25-yr-old’s attributes but believes he will be in a position to bring about him difficulties with his electricity, which has witnessed him earn 20 of his 24 qualified contests inside of the distance.
“He is a difficult, potent up-and-coming fighter,” Sims claimed. “I have viewed his footage, but me staying a specialist, I never ever underestimate or forget about an opponent.
“It really is just a thing you don’t do, regardless of their file or experience, or how they combat. You under no circumstances overlook a fighter.
“I see he’s extremely intense, but he hasn’t fought anyone who has electrical power. I have received a minor little bit of electric power.”
Sims even hinted he could phone out Liam Smith this weekend, telling Sky Athletics: “I’m heading to whoop him [Chelli], I am heading to seize the mic, and I am likely to say what I’m heading to say.”
Saturday’s fight will be the 3rd time Sims, who was born in Indianapolis and now resides in Los Angeles, has visited the United kingdom to box as a professional.
He stopped Stanislav Eschner inside four rounds in Cardiff in August 2018 and then halted Mateo Damian Veron in six rounds in Peterborough seven months later, knocking the latter down 2 times.
‘The Magician’ is in no question he is a significantly-improved boxer considering that those people past bouts and intends to showcase that on the undercard of the clash amongst Adam Azim and Santos Reyes.
“England is not like any other place I have ever fought in, for the reason that the lovers in this article they don’t care about you just as a fighter,” Sims explained. “They care about you as a man or woman.
“When you slip a punch, they are like ‘woah’, when you toss a punch, they are like ‘yeah’. I just felt like I experienced to find my way back again to England. This is in which I’m meant to be at. I enjoy the United States, I dwell in LA, but this is wherever I grew to become ‘The Magician,’ in England.
“[I’ve got] Twenty-a few wins with 20 of them by way of knockout for a explanation, but the point I deliver to the table now is professionalism. That’s what is diverse than last time I was in this article – a true skilled. My strategy, my perspective, how I see my opponent, how I treat my opponent.”
Comprehensive BOXXER card for Saturday February 11 on Sky Sports
10 x 3 mins Worldwide Super-Lightweight Contest
Adam Azim vs Santos Reyes
10 x 3 minutes Global Tremendous-Middleweight Contest
Zak Chelli vs Anthony Sims
10 x 3 mins English Middleweight Championship
Tyler Denny vs Brad Pauls
8 x 3 minutes Light-weight Contest
Caroline Dubois vs Feriche Mashaury
8 x 3 minutes Cruiserweight Contest
Viddal Riley vs Anees Taj
8 x 3 minutes Heavyweight Contest
Jeamie TKV vs Harry Armstrong
6 x 3 minutes Welterweight Contest
Hassan Azim vs Abdallah Luanja
6 x 3 minutes Super-Middleweight Contest
Jordan Reynolds vs Mohamed Cherif Benchadi
4/6 x 3 minutes Featherweight Contest
Razor Ali vs Hector Lozano
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