PBC Mourns Death of Trainer Naazim Richardson

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The legendary trainer of Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, and so many more, died on Friday morning.

The Premier Boxing Champions family is saddened to receive news of the death of legendary trainer Naazim Richardson. 

Richardson, believed to be 56, died Friday morning having battled illness for years. A staple of the Philadelphia boxing scene, he trained Hall of Famers such as Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley, as well as Steve Cunningham, Karl Dargan and his own sons, Rock and Tiger Allen. 

Richardson was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied under a bevy of respected local trainers, learning the craft from some of boxing’s finest teachers. When it was his turn, he would give the neighborhood children free boxing lessons.

As a professional trainer, Richardson played a part in several of boxing’s biggest upsets, including Hopkins’ TKO over then undefeated three-division champion Felix Trinidad in 2001, Hopkins’ shocking decision win over light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver in 2006, and Mosley’s career-resurrecting, ninth-round TKO over welterweight champion Antonio Margarito in 2009.

Richardson’s keen eye was key during the Margarito bout. While watching Margarito wrap his hands, he discovered two hard blocks of gauze in the champion’s gloves which led to the California State Athletic Commission revoking Margarito’s license for one year. 

On March 25, 2007, Richardson suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed on the left side of his body. Richardson not only survived, he was able to walk again and return to training duties. 

Richardson continued to fight various ailments up until his death on Friday. The affable trainer will be remembered for his words of wisdom, colorful personality and the countless memorable moments he gave the sport working in the corner. 

PBC extends our deepest condolences to Richardson’s family and loved ones. May he Rest in Peace. 

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