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)