NEW YORK (July 10, 2017) – Undefeated super lightweight *Kenneth Sims,
4 KO’s) is looking for a complete performance when he takes on *Rolando
Chinea* (14-1-1, 6 KO’s) of Lancaster, Pa., as the two prepare to meet in
an eight-round bout on ShoBox: The New Generation on *Friday, July 14 *live
on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from *Buffalo Run
Casino *in *Miami, Okla.*
The ShoBox telecast features eight returning fighters with a combined
record of 94 wins against just four losses.
Dangerous southpaw *Keenan “Killa” Smith,* (11-0, 5 KOs), of Philadelphia
will make his second appearance on the series as he takes on *Ivan
Baranchyk*, (14-0, 10 KOs), a native of Minsk, Byelorussia fighting out of
Miami, Okla., who is making his fifth appearance on the ShoBox series.
Plus, undefeated *Glenn Dezurn* (9-0, 6 KOs) will take on *Adam Lopez* (16-1-1,
KOs) in an eight-round bantamweight clash. In the telecast opener, *Joshua
Greer* (13-1-1, 5 KOs) will battle *Leroy Davila* (5-1, 3 KOs) in an
eight-round super bantamweight bout.
Tickets for the event promoted by GH3 Promotions and Tony Holden
Productions are priced at $35, $55, $65 and $75 and are available for
purchase now at buffalorun.com.
Sims, a 2013 U.S. National Amateur Champion and a 2012 Olympic Trials
semifinalist, continues to step up in level of opposition as he meets one
of the most dangerous opponents of his career in his second ShoBox
The Chicago native has stayed active as a pro; he fought four times in 2016
and this will be his third start of 2017. In his last outing, he stopped
Israel Villela with a third-round TKO.
The 23-year-old Sims was a sparring partner for Floyd Mayweather (when he
was getting prepared for Andre Berto) and Manny Pacquiao (as he was getting
ready for Mayweather). He is known for his boxing skills and ability to
work the body.
“My camp has been great,” Sims said. “I feel like I am a lot mentally
stronger going into this bout then I was for my last ShoBox fight. I was
going through a lot and that was documented. “
Sims was mourning the loss of close friend and undefeated welterweight, Ed
“This fight on Friday will be a case of me just going out there and doing
what I need to do. I am just going to go out there to box and use my
physical attributes, and make this fight easy.”
Sims will be looking to improve on his ShoBox performance when he took a
unanimous decision from Emmanuel Robles on Jan 20.
“I think that fight helped me a lot going into this fight. It taught me
that I can go eight hard rounds. I want to stay ready, and I plan on
getting started earlier in the fight. I am going out there to have fun.
That is when I am at my best.
“I will show everyone a big difference on Friday night. I have been working
very hard, and I will be in better shape, and overall the fans will see a
better Kenneth Sims.”
Said Sims promoter, Vito Mielnicki of GH3 Promotions, “Kenneth has all of
the talent in the world, and on Friday I feel he will show it. He has a
clear head going into this fight and is extremely focused. Chinea is a very
solid opponent, and I feel that will bring the best out of Kenneth on Friday
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*Barry Tompkins* will call the ShoBox action from ringside with *Steve
Farhood* and former world champion *Raul Marquez* serving as expert
analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Rich Gaughan producing
and Rick Phillips directing.