Noted trainer Naazim Richardson has died after a long illness.
“The boxing community mourns the death of the great Nazim Richardson. RIP Brother Nazim, a class man, a great trainer, a tremendous father,” the Boxing Writers Association of America tweeted on Friday morning.
Richardson was a respected figure in boxing who worked mostly with boxers from Philadelphia at the Shuler Gym. After assisting Bouie Fisher for years, he eventually took over the training duties for Bernard Hopkins, and then later for Shane Mosley and Steve Cunningham.
Richardson gained notoriety during Mosley’s bout against Antonio Margarito in 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, as he objected to Margarito’s hand wraps in the locker room. Eventually, Margarito’s trainer, Javier Capetillo, would be forced to rewrap his fighters hands. Later on, it was ruled by the California State Athletic Commission that Margarito had illegal wraps, for which Margarito and Capetillo would be suspended.
— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) July 24, 2020
RIP Brother Nazim Richardson. Glad to have had you in my corner and to be apart of Philadelphia boxing history!!❤️✊🏾
— Stephen Fulton Jr (@coolboysteph) July 24, 2020
RIP to my oldhead. Was the only Philly trainer to show me love when I started out. Was the last person in the locker room when Jrock lost to Charlo. And the last person in the locker room when Jrock beat Hurd. My man! pic.twitter.com/DFTSqmDt88
— Stephen Edwards (@BreadmanBoxing) July 24, 2020
Richardson’s two sons, Tiger and Rock Allen, were both amateur standouts who had professional careers, as did his nephew Karl Dargan.
Richardson had been in failing health in recent years after suffering a stroke in 2007.