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Remembering Ricardo Jimenez

Classy publicist passes away

By Bill Tibbs

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The boxing world was saddened by the recent passing of long-time boxing publicist Ricardo Jimenez. His career saw him as a long-time sports reporter and later an employee with Las Vegas-based Top Rank Boxing working in publicity, PR, and promotions with many of the Spanish speaking fighters over the years.

 

As of late, he had been working back home in the Los Angeles area for different promoters on a variety of different shows. In short, Ricardo was one of the most highly respected public relations people in the sport and was a valued work colleague and loyal friend to many. Friends and colleagues took to social media in the immediate aftermath of his passing to share love and memories of their colleague and support to his family. Rest in Peace Ricardo.

 

(*Note - Look for a longer career retrospective on Ricardo Jimenez on Maxboxing in the coming week).

 

“At the Boxing Hall of Fame, Jorge Arce told Ricardo Jimenez and his Top Rank colleague Lee Samuels, ‘Thank you for creating the men we became,’ and @terrible100 said, ‘Thank you for making us stars.’ Jimenez wept. ‘That’s the highest compliment we could receive,’ Samuels said” - Lance Pugmire

“We here at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame send our heartfelt condolences to the family of our dear friend Ricardo Jimenez who passed away this afternoon, in his illustrious career he was the Spanish announcer for @theforum boxing, worked for @trboxing & was a legendary publicist to many champs #RIP - NBHF

“Boxing lost a wonderful contributor and a very nice man”- Al Bernstein

“Rest Easy Ricardo, it was a pleasure to get to know you since my first days in the business. You will be missed, thanks for all the knowledge you would always drop on me” - Hector De La Cruz

“Very saddened by the news of the passing of Ricardo Jimenez. For years, he set up interviews with many of the Mexican champions in the sport and did the translation. (We did so many with Jose Luis Castillo.) He was absolutely the best translator I had. He was a good man. For years worked for La Opinion, then was employed by Top Rank. He was a real ’boxing guy’ and a good man. He will be missed by everyone in the industry” – Steve Kim

“I am so sad to learn of the passing away of such a dear member of the boxing community, Ricardo Jimenez. May he Rest in Peace. Our condolences to his family and all his many friends who will dearly miss him” - Mauricio Sulaiman

“RIP Ricardo Jimenez. One of the truly nicest people ever, publicist and sports fanatic and a man in the category of Jimmy Glenn, the highest praise I can give. His health has been failing, which was painful to friends, but a blessing to have been an amigo of Ricardo”- Bruce Trampler

“RIP to Ricardo Jimenez. He was a great guy. We will miss him very much! Condolences to his family” - Espinoza Boxing

“Such a great man, may he Rest in Peace up in heaven. He will be missed” - Francisco Santana

“Sorry to hear Ricardo Jimenez just passed away. Always very kind and caring and great at what he did. An important reason why #GGG got so much Spanish media coverage, here with Donnie Nietes for #Superfly3” - Tom Loeffler

“This news about Ricardo is so horrendous. Was such a decent guy, hard-working, loyal, everything you’d want in a friend. The only blessing here is he is no longer suffering. One of the truly great people I’ve met in boxing. A kind, humble and honorable man, I first knew him as a reporter. He became a publicist and excelled at that. He was the kind we needed more of. Devastating news. RIP Ricardo” – Kevin Iole

“RIP Ricardo. You will be missed by so many. May God bless your family and welcome you into heaven with open arms”- Crystina Poncher

“RIP Ricardo Jimenez. I met Ricardo when as an intern on the boxing beat in 1993 and he was a boxing writer. He was always helpful, willing to share his knowledge & give me sound advice. When he became a publicist for @trboxing he always treated journalists with respect & empathy” - Bernard Osuna

“I will be forever grateful to Ricardo Jimenez for his friendship, generosity, and advice. He made sure to introduce me to every important media contact he had. There wasn’t a promotion we worked together that he didn’t save my fat ass. He was a gem and he will be missed”- Fred Sternburg

“RIP Ricardo you were truly loved and respected”- Ron Katz

“Rest in Peace, Ricardo Jimenez. You were an inarguable professional. More importantly, you were an even greater sweetheart”- Coyote Duran

“Gutted. RIP. Ricardo Jimenez was always there when someone in boxing needed him. Need an interview? Need information? Need a translator? Need Spanish-speaking broadcaster? Need lunch mate? Worked with him many years on KCAL-TV broadcasts and when he was with Top Rank doing PR. 1st class human” – Rich Marotta

“RIP Ricardo” - Russ Anber

“Got the sad news that our dear friend Ricardo Jimenez has been called to heaven. We will miss you dearly and will miss seeing you at all boxing events. May you Rest in Peace, my brother” - Brandon Rios

“Very sad news to know that our friend Ricardo Jimenez passed, my condolences to his family”

- Erik Morales

“The death of Ricardo Jiménez is a very hard blow for the WBO family & for everyone who knew him. Few men have been as respected & liked in the boxing community. Ricardo was a friend, a mentor to many & an enemy of none. Our thoughts & prayers are with his family & friends. RIP.” - World Boxing Organization

 

“My friend Ricardo Jiménez. May God have him in his glory, an extraordinary journalist, public relations expert and best friend. He always supported me throughout my career. I’m going to miss you” – Salvador Rodriguez

 

“Ricardo Jimenez was one of boxing’s good guys, a man who chronicled the sport as a reporter and later as a publicist. The Top Rank family sends its condolences to Ricardo’s family and friends, as he will be greatly missed by all who knew him” – Top Rank Boxing



 

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