Naazim Richardson Bio – Wiki
Naazim Richardson was an American boxing trainer from Philadelphia. Richardson is most notable for training Bernard Hopkins and “Sugar” Shane Mosley, in addition to Steve Cunningham and Karl Dargan. He is also known for catching Antonio Margarito with plaster knuckle pads in his hand wraps prior to Margarito’s fight with Mosley. This led to Margarito’s one-year suspension from boxing.
Mr. Richardson, who rose to fame as Bernard Hopkins’ trainer and was directly involved in one of the biggest scandals of the modern era when he questioned Antonio Margarito’s hand wraps, has died.
I just found out about the passing, at 54, of noted trainer Naazim Richardson. Naazim is best known for his work with Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley and Steve Cunningham, but he also was the father of 2004 U.S. Olympian Rock Allen. RIP, Naazim. Boxing has lost another good man.
— Bernard Fernandez (@GeauxTigers10) July 24, 2020
He was 54 years old.
Richardson was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and left home when he was 14. He was jailed as a teenager. According to The New York Times, “Boxing took Richardson from the streets that almost swallowed him in north Philadelphia, gave him energy and purpose.” He was ahead trainer in the Concrete Gym in Philadelphia and was also a trainer in several gyms across Philadelphia.
Richardson was a devout Muslim, often acknowledged as “Brother” Naazim.
In 2007, Richardson suffered a stroke that temporarily left him unable to walk or speak. Just after he had taken over as lead trainer from his mentor Bouie Fisher for Hopkins.
“I remember them saying that I had so much blood on my brain that they might have to operate,” Richardson told The Ring about the incident back in 2009. “When I was conscious enough for them to talk to me, they said that it would be a long time before I could talk or walk. Whether I would be able to train fighters again was the farthest thing from their minds.”
But Richardson ultimately recovered and came back to train an impressive list of fighters that included Hall of Famers Hopkins and Mosley.
Soon after returning to boxing, Richardson became “Sugar” Shane Mosley’s trainer for three of the biggest fights of the boxer’s career: his win over Margarito and his losses to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
Naazim Richardson Died
Renowned boxing trainer Naazim Richardson is dead at age 54. While the family has not yet released details about the cause of death, the Boxing Writers Association of America confirmed Richardson’s death on Friday morning.
The boxing world shared their thoughts and feelings about Richardson’s sudden death.
Thank You For Being a Mentor in my life Naazim Richardson!! Rest in Power!! 😥😥😥😥😥
— Eddie Chambers (@champfasteddie) July 24, 2020
Hall of Fame boxing writer Bernard Fernandez posted, “Boxing lost another good man.”
My condolences to brother Naazim Richardson, and his entire family. One of best trainers we’ve ever witnessed, but more importantly, an overall good man. May he rest in paradise 🙌🏾. pic.twitter.com/lkuCoKn2zP
— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) July 24, 2020