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Falleció Publicista de Campeones, Ricardo Jiménez

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Ricardo Jiménez, reputado periodista mexicano y longevo ex publicista de la promotora Top Rank, falleció este domingo, en Whittier, California, a la edad de 64 años. 

En el 2007, Ricardo Jiménez fue reconocido, por su ilustre trayectoria en pro del deporte del Boxeo, con el premio Marvin Kohn “Good Guy Award”, por la Asociación de Escritores de Boxeo (BWAA). “Para mí, es un honor recibir este premio de gran tradición en el deporte, que reconoce la importancia de la promoción y la publicidad en el boxeo”, dijo Jiménez, quien también fue editor deportivo de La Opinión, el periódico de habla hispana más importante de Estados Unidos. Jiménez también gano tres premios Emmy, como comentarista en español de Oakland Raiders y dos más, por el serial Fight Night en 1995 y 1997. La Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) lo reconoció, en 1998, con un premio especial a su trayectoria.

Amigo leal, sabio consejero y maestro, Ricardo Jiménez, oriundo de Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, trabajo por casi dos décadas con Top Rank. Durante ese tiempo, Jiménez ayudo a muchos periodistas jóvenes del Boxeo y también promovió la imagen de Erik “El Terrible” Morales, José Luis Castillo, Manny Pacquiao, Antonio Margarito, Juan Manuel Marquez, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Oscar De La Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera, Jorge ‘Travieso” Arce y Julio César Chávez Jr., entre otros grandes campeones del Boxeo. 

Desde NotiFight y su director, Ludo Saenz L. Luaces, lamentamos profundamente la irreparable perdida de nuestro amigo y colega, Ricardo Jiménez. Le enviamos nuestras condolencias a sus hijas, Alejandra y Elizabeth, sus familiares y amigos.


Fondo Conmemorativo para Ricardo Jiménez

RICARDO JIMENEZ MEMORIAL FUND

PayPal: alexlucelijimenez@gmail.com

Venmo: @alexluceli

On October 11th, our father Ricardo Jimenez passed away after suffering a stroke. He was sixty-four years old and is survived by his daughters, his sisters, his brother, and several nieces and nephews, among other extended family and friends. 

When news got out that our father had passed away, the immediate outpouring of support from the sports world he was part of was overwhelming. We cannot express how comforted we were by all the messages and stories that people shared and the impact he left on so many people. 

Our dad is probably one of the most well-known publicists
in the boxing world today, but before that he was a newspaperman
through and through. He began his editorial career in 1985 at La Opinion, the largest Spanish daily in the United States and 15
years later would leave that newspaper as only the third sports editor in the 75-year history of the most prestigious Spanish-language paper in the United States.

Soon after graduating from Cal State Fullerton, he started at La Opinion covering the professional basketball and football beats, rising very quickly to become one of the most well-known Hispanic football experts in the country as he participated in local and national radio broadcasts throughout the United States. Later he traveled the nation covering both the Raiders and Lakers for over 15 years and expanding his knowledge of other sports, such as tennis, baseball, boxing and soccer. His work on those telecasts garnered him three local Emmy's
and his writing won him a "Sportscaster of the Year" honor
from the World Boxing Organization. He also penned a very
popular column "Anotando" where he took on all controversial aspects
of professional sports.
 
His reporting, editing skills and dependability earned him the Sports
Editor Job at La Opinion in 1997, becoming only the third person to be
named to that position in the long history of the well-known paper.
 
In 2000, he was recruited by Bob Arum, President and Founder of
Top Rank Inc, the largest boxing promotional company in the
world, to help promote the top Hispanic boxers in that boxing company as well as promoting two boxing series for Univision and DirecTV Latin America. During his fifteen years at Top Rank, Jimenez took Erik Morales, Jose Luis Castillo, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, and many others to the next level as they became household names in the Latino markets in the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

His work led him to be call the best "PR Man" in the sports business by Telefutura and Univision Sports Anchor Ricardo Celis in a
Hispanic Wire Monitor Monthly Newsletter. In 2007 he was awarded the Marvin Kohn Good Guy Award by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and he was inducted into the WBC International Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, California in 2015.

Aside from these accomplishments and others throughout his career, we knew him first and best as our dad: funny, smart, and the most loving father that anyone could ask for. We watched movies with him every weekend and bonded over our love for the same TV shows and music. He loved listening to The Beatles and singing their songs to us. He loved watching sports, on television or in person. We went to so many stadiums with him, and we loved hearing stories about his work and his childhood.

He was there for us without fail no matter what. He loved us and he made sure that we knew it.

In his memory, we are setting up this fundraiser so that we can pay for funeral expenses and give him the celebration that he deserves. As his daughters we are his next of kin, and we are currently college students. Any amount and social media share is sincerely appreciated.

Thank you kindly, 

Alejandra & Elizabeth Jimenez


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