By Robert Coster
Photo: SHUAN BOXINGNorberto “Meneito” Jimenez, jr Bantamweight contender, ranked 4th by the WBA, 9th by the WBC, is hugely popular in his native Dominican Republic. His personal story, unorthodox boxing style and eccentric personality have endeared him to the local fans. Norberto’s nickname “Meneito” means “the one who wiggles” and is an apt description of the way he fights-ducking, dodging, twitching, changing directions, throwing punches from weird angles, befuddling his opponents. Norberto is your ultimate showman, stepping into the ring with dark sunglasses and dance moves reminiscent of Naseem Hamed. Jimenez (25-8-4, 13 KOs) has a particular interesting story due to the fact that he started his career in the worst possible way with a 1-8-2 record(!). Says Norberto “I was a professional loser. I took fights on two day notice and sometimes stepped into the ring all boozed up. Then one day I got up, looked at myself in the mirror and said ENOUGH. I stopped the partying and started training. Like in the Rocky movie.” Since 2011, Jimenez has racked up a record of 24-0-2. On December 31,2014, Jimenez traveled to Japan to face WBA Champion Kohei Kono, a fight that ended in a controversial draw. Referee Rafael Ramos deducted a point from Meneito and thus kept him from becoming World Champion. This coming Friday, Norberto Jimenez is stepping back into the ring to face hard-punching Venezuelan Juan Lopez(12-5,12Kos) in a mega card that will feature top Dominican prospects (Carlos Adames, Alberto Puello,Jackson Marinez). Says Norberto “The Kono fight was already 3 years ago. I’ve been patient but I want to win the World title in 2017. I’m just asking to get the chance I deserve.”The post Norberto Jimenez: I was a professional loser… sometimes stepped into the ring all boozed up appeared first on Boxing News. …read more
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It was a fast-paced and hard-fought battle at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, between Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados that highlighted a “Showtime Championship Boxing” tripleheader. After 10 rounds, you got the sense the cards would be close but ultimately the home canvas advantage for Broner would be…well…“problem”-atic (see what I did there?) for Granados.
And as the cards revealed, Broner eked out a split decision by the tallies of 97-93, 93-97 and 96-94.
It wasn’t a robbery – stop that talk immediately – it was a close bout in which you could argue the case for either man.
But the truth is the hard-luck Granados never had a shot.
Not on this night, at this venue, against the perennially enabled “problem” child (again, see what I did?) that is Broner.
Granados is one of the sport’s blue-collar workers, a guy who just grinds his way through fights and puts forth an honest day’s work in the ring. But unfortunately, for him, he’s never been anointed as one of the game’s stars and therefore he not only has to play by the rules but the rules of others – which can change on a whim.
And, in this case, Broner once again was on the path of not making the contracted weight (as was the case, in the past, against Ashley Theophane and most egregiously against Vicente Escobedo) but, at least, he had the good manners to let his opponent know a few weeks ahead of time. Therefore the contracted weight was lifted from 142 to 147.
This probably wasn’t so much a negotiation as it was boxing’s version of strong arm tactics that forced Granados and his team to accept the deal or get bounced as the B-side. One of Granados’ advantages coming in was he would have an easier time making the original agreed weight and therefore be more effective on fight night. Well, that was eradicated as a few bucks were thrown his way.
(Then, at the weigh-in, there was a snafu with the scale. Yeah, only in boxing – or in Ohio.)
Granados preferred a 12-round fight and, of course, this bout was a 10-rounder.
The fight itself was a good one. Very early on, Granados tried to employ lateral movement and box around the perimeter of the ring. He was out-hustling and beating Broner with sheer volume. Over time, …read more