Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans saw trainer Shingo Inoue being honoured for his achievements in 2014 as he was officially given the Eddie Townsend award.
The award, named after the great Eddie Townsend who helped create several Japanese champions, is given to the best trainer in Japan over the previous year and it's fair to say no one would be arguing with Mr Inoue being a deserving winner.
Mr Inoue is the trainer and father of two current stars of Japanese boxing. The oldest of those fighters is young prodigy and current WBO Super Flyweight world champion Naoya Inoue (8-0, 6) who was probably the 2014 fighter of the year whilst the younger of the two fighters trained by Mr Inoue is the world ranked Takuma Inoue (4-0, 1). Between those two men they went 6-0 (4) for the year, with a world title record of 3-0 (3) an incredible achievement by both the trainer and the fighters.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp with Mr Inoue in the centre flanked by his sons)
Earlier today it was announced that Shingo Inoue, the father of both Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6) and Takuma Inoue (3-0, 1) had won the announce Eddie Townsend award.
The award, given the trainer regarded as the best in Japan for the year, is a huge honour to win and and a deserved triumph for Mr Inoue who has been instrumental in leading the charge of his two sons who have risen through the ranks at an incredible pace.
Mr Inoue was in Naoya's corner when the “Monster” won the WBC Light Flyweight title in just his 6th professional contest and will also be there when Naoya attempts to become a 2-weight world champion at the end of the year. Likewise he has also taken his younger son, teenager Takuma, to a world ranking courtesy of a notable win over Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr and will be there in Takuma's corner on December 30th when he battles against former world title challenger Nestor Daniel Narvaes.
No date has been set for Mr Inoue to be award the physical award though it's expected to happen in January at the Korakuen Hall and we would like to say it's a very well earned honour. Hopefully this won't be the only recognition Mr Inoue gets for his work in 2014 and in all honesty it's a shock he's not being listed on international lists for trainer of the year.
(Image of the Inoue clan courtesy of boxingnews.jp, Takuma, Naoya and Shingo in the centre)
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