IB – October 26, 2011 - INSIDE BOXING.com has thoroughly investigated and will present you with this detailed 4-Part Series describing the life and dedication to the service of his country, training methods possibly contributing to his death, his death and the recommendations the All-Marine Boxing Team suggested take into consideration, and the decision that would allow others the ‘Gift of Life’, of USMC (United States Marine Corps) Lance Corporal Libardo Anthony Jimenez, Jr. who died at 21 years-of age, in part the result of an unusual training regimen orchestrated by then USMC Head Boxing Coach Ronald Simms.
Following the Jimenez tragedy, Simms was then put on administrative leave and relieved of any coaching duties associated with any facet of the USMC boxing team including no contact whatsoever with any member of the team, but has resurfaced as an assistant coach of the 2012 USA Men’s Olympic Boxing Team under the guidance of Head Coach Joe Zanders who is well aware of the bizarre circumstances surrounding the death of Lance Corporal Libardo Anthony Jimenez.
Part I: Libardo Anthony Jimenez, Jr. ‘Background and Developing Health Issues’…
Born February 13, 1989, Libardo Anthony Jimenez, Jr., son of Libardo Anthony Jimenez, Sr. (of Colombian decent), and Penny Palmer, brother of Matthew Palmer, grandson of Helen Palmer, and fiance of Alyssa Scuderi, was born and raised in the small community of North Bellmore, (Nassau County) New York, being your average youngster who was popular, well-known, and well-liked by all he came in contact with.
According to former Saw Mill Road Elementary school teacher Lil Bernstein, “I was lucky enough to have the good fortune of watching Anthony (Libardo) grow from a cute, fun-loving boy into a handsome and respected young man”.
Playing football was a favorite activity of Jimenez, who enjoyed both the camaraderie and being part of a team, the most intriguing value associated with the sport with no serious violations of any kind a part of his upbringing.
Upon his 2007 graduation from W.C. Mepham High School in North Bellmore, young Jimenez entered the United States Marine Corps determined to serve and protect his country with the intention of making the All-Marine Boxing Team once his tour of duty had been completed, an added incentive.
By October of 2008, Jimenez had been promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal while serving as a driver at Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division from February 2008 to January 2010, where he was deployed with the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August to October of 2009.
While serving in the United States Marine Corps, Lance Corporal Libardo Anthony Jimenez was awarded the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, all signifying his value as a protector of our country and ambassador of our armed forces.
Returning from his Iraqi tour of duty, Jimenez applied for and was accepted to join the All-Marine Boxing Team, although having no prior boxing experience or fights, and was still on his 90 day probationary period at the time of his death.
On February 27, 2010, Lance Corporal Libardo Jimenez went to the Naval Hospital emergency room, the result of his inability to breathe, which he divulged came from being hit in the nose while previously sparring.
It was detemined he had nothing more than a ‘bruise’ and was given pain medication (Oxymetazoline Hydrochloride and Guaifenesin Pseudoephedrine).
On February 28, 2010, Jimenez returned to the Naval Hospital emergency room a second time complaining of worsening pain in his nose and was prescribed a stronger pain medication (Oxycodone Hydrochloride/Acetaminophen) for his nose pain and released.
On March 1, 2010, Lance Corporal Jimenez reported to sick call and was put on light duty for 7 days.
The date of March 6. 2010, saw Lance Corporal Jimenez referred to an ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) consultation scheduled for April 5, 2010.
On March 11, 2010, Lance Corporal Jimenez was seen at sick call, was prescribed Flonase (a nose spray) and was released from sick call and was put on full, active duty, without any limitations.
On March 18, 2010, Jimenez began training for his first competitive bout in the Virginia Beach Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament scheduled for March 25, 2010.
He would never make that appearance, as on March 20, 2010, after being put through an unusual, rigorous, and never before adopted training method employed by then USMC Head Boxing Coach Ronald Simms that included 11 rounds of 30-60 seconds of sparring, 8 rounds of the circuit course, and 2 rounds of 3 minutes of sparring all in approximately 20 minutes, USMC Lance Corporal Libardo Jimenez lost consciousness and was transported to the Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina…
Part II (Saturday, October 29th): ‘The Training Session and Time Line’…