Percy "The Talent" Crawford (from FightHype) interview with Naazim Richardson...
New account of the illegal wraps and fight....
"Man, I saw that block fall out of them wraps and I wanted to punch Margarito***39;s trainer in the mouth***8230;It was bricked up gauze that had blood stains on it already and they had a piece of plaster over that. Man Perc, you let that **** get hard through the course of a fight and you***39;ve got trouble. Shane would have been sitting there like, ***39;How this motherf@#$er hitting harder in the 8th round and we***39;re both tired,***39;" stated world-class trainer Naazim Richardson as he talked about the illegal handwraps he discovered on Antonio Margarito prior to Shane Mosley***39;s dominant 9th round TKO victory. In this can***39;t miss exclusive, you don***39;t want to miss what he had to say about the entire incident as well as his thoughts on Mosley***39;s performance and some recent derogatory comments made by Teddy Atlas.
PC: Man, if you***39;re a profit, just let me know because I need to know my future.
NR: Man, (laughing) if I was a profit, I would be trying to figure out these Lotto numbers.
PC: The hell with boxing if you had those Lotto numbers, huh?
NR: Man, I***39;ll be telling you I know where they hiding the money (laughing).
PC: Shane looked great man. Did everything go as planned in the ring?
NR: Yeah man. I had to calm Shane***39;s little ass down a couple of times. Shane wanted to go at him early. Shane thought he was done around the 6th and I told him that we will get him, but I wanted him to keep banging that body because Margarito likes to come on late. I told Shane, "Keep hitting that body so when he presses the gas late, he will find out that the car is empty." That***39;s what we did. We all know he could take a shot, but you had to take his legs from him and then you don***39;t take those shots the same. Another thing is we couldn***39;t let him throw all of those punches on the inside.
PC: I noticed you had Shane tie him up every time they got close to one another.
NR: Yeah, because ****, a 12-year-old can kick your ass if you letting them throw 144 punches a round. So we definitely wanted to nullify his punch output.
PC: You***39;re a very popular dude right now.
NR: Yeah, somebody told me today, "You***39;re gonna have every fighter over 40 calling you!" I want to keep it simple though Perc. I have to believe in the athlete to take him on. You***39;re not going to see me take on 6 or 7 new guys just because. That***39;s not my style.
PC: Respect! I respect that. Once again Brother Naazim, you caught a trainer trying to help his fighter out by illegally wrapping his hands. How did that go down?
NR: Man, I saw that block fall out of them wraps and I wanted to punch Margarito***39;s trainer in the mouth.
PC: Oh, it fell out while they were wrapping it?
NR: No, it was already wrapped. They were about to put it on his hands. I felt that **** and said, "Damn, that feels hard as hell." They***39;re going to try to tell me it feels okay. I said, "Well the **** don***39;t feel okay to me." They had to take that off. This sport is dangerous enough without doing something like that. I know I didn***39;t want him hitting my fighter upside the head with nothing like that on his hands.
PC: You said it was a block that fell out. Could you explain what it was in there?
NR: It was bricked up gauze that had blood stains on it already and they had a piece of plaster over that. Man Perc, you let that **** get hard through the course of a fight and you***39;ve got trouble. Shane would have been sitting there like, "How this mother****er hitting harder in the 8th round and we***39;re both tired?"
PC: Not saying Margarito has done that before, but you look for things like that whereas other trainers might be in there shooting the **** with Margarito***39;s guys.
NR: They would have been in there trying to get a job for his next fight. I***39;m not in there to talk, laugh or nothing like that. I wanted to see his hands get wrapped and that***39;s how I found that block.
PC: Was the knockout a surprise to you?
NR: I told Shane we could knock him out, but I wanted him to let it come to him. I told him having that 120 on all 3 scorecards is just as good as a knockout. I wanted to grab the fans that were picking Shane and have them in disbelief that he did it so easy and I think we accomplished that.
PC: Do you plan on continuing to work with Shane?
NR: Yeah, me and him talked and he***39;s wanted to go at Cotto. I told him to let everything unfold because Mayweather may come back and then that may shake everything up. I would like to see him get the Pacquiao/Hatton winner and then a fight with Mayweather if he wants to come back. It***39;s so many things that could happen man. I just don***39;t want him to jump the gun.
PC: Shane and Bernard were both able to turn back the clock on supposedly younger and stronger opponents***8230;
NR: Yeah, Teddy Atlas went at me today.
PC: Did he?
NR: Yeah. They did a thing for me out here in Philadelphia and Teddy Atlas said, "Anybody could train Shane and Bernard to do those things and beat Pavlik and Margarito!" Teddy shouldn***39;t feel threatened by me. I know one thing. I wasn***39;t going to use Shane***39;s kids or my cell phone or no **** like that to motivate Shane. I understand you have a commentating job and you have to say things, but I***39;ve never had a problem with Teddy before he said this ****. Every trainer could critique another trainer. We all have weaknesses, but I used to talk to Eddie Futch and those guys and respect them for who they are. I will never bad mouth anyone in this little fraternity that we have. I have not said anything bad about Jack Mosley; not one time. Jack did a hell of a job with Shane. Teddy shouldn***39;t be threatened by me. Maybe because Bernard***39;s in the booth now, he feels threatened that they may ask me to come take his spot ringside. I***39;ve never had a problem with him so I don***39;t know why he would say that.
If I wanted to come back at him and critique his methods, and I never have critiqued Teddy Atlas, but this is a man that pulled a gun on a 16-year-old kid. I have never met a 16-year-old kid that I was scared of. People have to understand that wasn***39;t the Mike Tyson that was knocking people the **** out; that was a 16-year-old kid. I***39;ll pull a gun on the Tyson that was knocking Michael Spinks and those bulls out, but he was a kid when Teddy did that. If Mike wanted to, he probably could still get a lawsuit going for that. Mike can go tell them people he flips out every time he thinks about that and there goes your lawsuit. I***39;ll tell any 16-year-old to come and try me; he was a kid. This is the same guy that had a fighter fighting George Foreman and George threw a left and then a right and your fighter was still there. George threw the left and I went to the kitchen and fixed a sandwich and came back and George was just throwing that right and Michael Moorer was still there.
PC: (Laughing) Yeah, I***39;m shocked Teddy would go there, but you said it in our pre-fight interview that Margarito wouldn***39;t be known as a beast come Sunday.
NR: Didn***39;t I tell you that! I knew someone was going to try and discredit him after Shane did his thing with him. ****, you can***39;t discredit Angelo Dundee for having Muhammad Ali!
PC: Thanks for the good word Brother! I know you***39;re doing your thing right now. Keep me posted.
NR: Definitely Perc. I***39;m going to keep in touch and let you know if some of these names come through who they are talking about. You got the number though; hit me up if you need me.
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Thanks for the interview.
Ouch...tyhe blood stain thing could be trouble..unless it from sparring sessions or something like that...Unfortunatly I think its from somewhere else.
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