Simms will look to make noise for Main Events in the middleweight division (Photo courtesy of Main Events).
Simms to Fight Willis Lockett on December 9th
Main Events has added middleweight Tarvis Simms (25-1-1) to its roster, recently announcing the signing of the Connecticut native to a multi-fight deal. Simms will make his debut for Main Events on Thursday, December 9th, when he battles Willis Lockett (12-10-5) on the Tomasz Adamek vs. Vinny Maddalone undercard at Prudential Center.
"Tarvis is the type of fighter that we are always looking for at Main Events," Main Events CEO Kathy Duva stated. "He is talented, motivated and willing to do whatever is necessary to earn his shot at the world title. And it doesn't hurt that he brings a big fan base of his own with him whenever he comes to fight."
Simms last stepped in the ring a little over a year ago when he fought Allan Green on eight days notice. He put up a valiant effort in that pairing, but it eventually resulted in the sole blemish of his professional career after falling via unanimous decision.
"It's always been a dream of mine to sign with Main Events," Simms said. "When I was told there was an opportunity to work with Main Events, I was all for it. It is truly an honor to be a part of their stable."
Simms had nearly 200 amateur wins before he turned pro in 1997, also winning a National Golden Gloves Championship in 1993. He began his professional career at the age of 26-years-old, and he had 12 years under his belt before he suffered the aforementioned defeat to Green. Simms has had a bit of trouble landing big matches throughout his career, but he has been a fighter widely respected for being courageous enough to take on any competitor thrown his way. That type of heart is something in which Duva and Main Events look to take advantage.
"I think that there is a big opportunity for Tarvis in the middleweight division, and soon as he gets a fight or two under his belt, we are going to help him capitalize on that,” Duva remarked. “Unlike most of the middleweight contenders, Tarvis is anxious to take on champion Sergio Martinez as soon as possible. Tarvis is from Connecticut, and he has always been a big ticket seller. A fight between Tarvis and Martinez for the middleweight crown would do tremendous business."
Tickets for the Adamek-Maddalone card are on sale now, and they can be purchased by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or logging onto the Prudential Center website at www.Prucenter.com.