The more I see of Naazim Richardson, the more I think that Badr Hari has made the perfect choice for his boxing coach. While some may say someone like Freddie Roach or Emmanuel Steward are better candidates, Roach has been under fire recently for neglecting fighters who train under him. After Jorge Linares’ latest knockout loss, even Oscar De La Hoya was advising Linares to leave Freddie Roach. As for Emmanuel Steward, he is also the trainer of Wladimir Klitschko, so that would be a major conflict on interest. Also, Naazim Richardson has the calm wisdom and experience that someone like Badr Hari would desperately need.
Naazim Richardson, besides being a devout Muslim, is truly one of the last of the great, old-school trainers, who espouses boxing wisdom on a continual basis. He was born to be a boxing trainer and mentor to young fighters.
My only worry, is that physically, Naazim Richardson may not be doing so well. Watch him doing mitts with Shane Mosley below, and in comparison to the dynamic mitt work that Roger Mayweather does, there leaves much to be desired.
On a more amusing note, Naazim Richardson is known for his unique training method of flicking a towel at his fighter, while they’re working the heavybag or doing similar exercises. While I’m sure it does help the fighter with head movement, Roger Mayweather infamously made fun of his method on HBO’s 24/7. These moves are funny, because it looks like some sort of locker-room game guys play with each other, flicking towels at each other, lol. I bet it stings if you get hit! Maybe one day we’ll see Badr Hari doing this exercise.
Here is also a snippet of Brother Naazim’s wisdom.