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Richardson joins Team Martinez

September, 14, 2012
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LAS VEGAS -- Lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez will have another voice of great experience in his corner when he faces titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 ET, $49.95) at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Naazim Richardson, the longtime trainer of Bernard Hopkins who also worked with Shane Mosley, will be there to assist head trainer Pablo Sarmiento, according to Sampson Lewkowicz, Martinez's adviser.

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Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesTrainer and hand-wrap guru Naazim Richardson will assist the corner of Sergio Martinez during his middleweight title bout with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Richardson primarily will be with Martinez so he can oversee the wrapping of Chavez's hands in the dressing room before the fight, Lewkowicz said.

Richardson, of course, was Mosley's trainer for his welterweight title fight against Antonio Margarito in January 2009. In the dressing before the fight, it was Richardson who did not like how Margarito's hands were wrapped and insisted they be re-wrapped, upon which it was discovered that Margarito had illegal inserts in his hand wraps.

"His role will be to check the wraps and to make sure there is not another Margarito case," Lewkowicz said. "And he will also be in the corner to advise Sarmiento and let him know what he is seeing."

Lewkowicz said Richardson has been in place for about two months, but they did not want to make a formal announcement as they were trying to keep his presence low-key.

"We are happy to have another great set of eyes and another great mind on the Sergio 'Maravila' Martinez team," Lewkowicz said.

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