Naazim Richardson

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Naazim Richardson is 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; furthermore, he is known for catching Antonio Margarito with plaster knuckle pads in his hand-wraps, prior to Margarito's fight with Mosley, leading to Margarito's eventual 1 year 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] He is a head trainer in the Concrete Gym in Philadelphia, and is a trainer in several gyms across Philadelphia.[2]


Richardson is a devout Muslim, often referred by many as "Brother" Naazim.

In 2007, Richardson suffered a stroke that temporarily left him unable to walk or speak.[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 losses to both Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

Notable fighters trained or advised by Richardson[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. 
  2. ^ "Trainer Naazim Richardson has defied the odds". 

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