Naazim Richardson Wiki – Biography
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.
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.
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.
Richardson’s story is a familiar but important one in boxing. According to Boxing Scene, the trainer credits the sport for putting him on the right path in life, one that might have otherwise been impossible.
Richardson left home at age 14 and was homeless during most of his teenage years. But boxing gave the young Richardson a form of structure in his life that he direly needed and helped him eventually grow into something that he otherwise might have never become.
It’s no wonder Richardson devoted his life to training fighters.
Richardson trained boxers in gyms throughout the Philadelphia area, most notably Shuler Gym.
Naazim Richardson Age
Naazim Richardson was 54 years old. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. He died on 24 July 2020.
The information about his wife is being updated.
Cause of Death
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.
Retired boxing champ Hopkins, 55, shared a photo collage of the two together upon hearing of his trainer’s passing.
The boxing world shared their thoughts and feelings about Richardson’s sudden death.
Hall of Fame boxing writer Bernard Fernandez posted, “Boxing lost another good man.”
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
Boxing promoter Lou Dibella stated, “It was an honor knowing him.”
— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) July 24, 2020
Former heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers hailed Richardson as a mentor.
Thank You For Being a Mentor in my life Naazim Richardson!! Rest in Power!! 😥😥😥😥😥
— Eddie Chambers (@champfasteddie) July 24, 2020
Former U.S. Olympian and current WBO junior lightweight champion Jamel Herring revealed Richardson was one of the best trainers he’d ever seen.
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
Naazim Richardson’s net worth is being updated.