Longtime Boxing Trainer Naazim Richardson Passes Away
An influential trainer who helped legendary fighters become champions has died. The Inquirer has reported that Naazim Richardson passed away this week. The Boxing Writers Association of America would confirm the news on Twitter.
Richardson left home at 14 and became a trainer through gyms in Philadelphia. He ended up becoming one of the most notable trainers from the area. During his time in boxing, “Brother Naazim” worked with Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Steve Cunningham, and others. He is also credited for teaching today’s young prospects.
During his time with Richardson, Hopkins would win middleweight and light-heavyweight gold. In an interview with the Inquirer in 2014, Hopkins (55-8-2, 2 NC) praised Richardson and discussed how their upbringing brought them closer together.
“We feed off each other’s adversity,” Hopkins said. “Everyone has a story that could have ended their lives or stopped their careers. But somehow we found a way to not fall victim to those challenges. It’s good to know that he’s a fighter, not a quitter.”
At 37, Mosely, a former welterweight champion, trained with Richardson. He would beat Antonio Margarito via TKO, but it was Richardson who was the true highlight of the bout. He noticed Richardson’s wraps had an illegal substance in them, saving Mosely from a potentially controversial outcome.
Richardson ended up suffering a stroke in around 2007-2008 but still was in Mosley’s corner for the Margarito and Floyd Mayweather fight. He wasn’t able to speak or walk but fought through it for his fighters.
Rock Allen (15-0), Richardson’s son, would entertain fans before his career was cut short as a result of a car accident. Other fighters Richardson worked with include Tiger Allen and Karl Dargan.