Naazim Richardson

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Naazim Richardson is an American boxing trainer most notable for training "Sugar" Shane Mosley and Bernard Hopkins, and for catching Antonio Margarito with a plaster-like substance in his handwraps prior to Margarito's fight with Mosley, leading to Margarito's eventual suspension from the sport of boxing.

Early life[edit]

Richardson was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and left home when he was 14.[1] He was jailed as a teenager.[1] According to the New York Times, "Boxing took Richardson from the streets that almost swallowed him in north Philadelphia, gave him energy and purpose." [1]


Richardson is a devout Muslim.

In 2007, Richardson suffered a stroke that nearly caused loss of the entire left side of Richardson's body.[1]

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 loss to both Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

Richardson is currently Bernard Hopkins head trainer.

Fighters Trained or Advised by Richardson (Incomplete list)[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Bishop, Greg (2010-04-29). "Shane Mosley’s Trainer Is at Home in the Gym". Retrieved 2011-08-17.