Boxing trainer Tomoaki Takahashi [高橋智明] has officially left the Watanabe gym, ending a 20 year relationship with the Tokyo Gym, as he moves back to Shizuoka, where his wife and children are.
The trainer isn't a huge name in the west but he has played a key role in Japanese boxing during his 20 year tenure as a trainer at the Watanabe gym, helping lead the likes of Takashi Uchiyama and Kohei Kono to world titles.
Takahashi's achievements as a trainer saw him being part of the team that won the 2010 Eddie Townsend award, under the umbrella of "Team Uchiyama with several others, before winning it by himself in 2015.
According to Japanese sources the trainer revealed that he was lonely following the fighter he had trained for years having retired, and a move to be closer to his family is expected to help the loneliness, and give him a new challenge.
Whilst Takahashi has left the Watanabe gym he is certainly not leaving boxing, and is instead set to begin working for the Suruga Boys Gym in Shizuoka from the start of 2020.
The Suruga boys gym is yet to produce it's first champion, of any kind, and having a smart, knowledgeable and experience man like Takahashi at the gym will be expected to change the fortunes of the gym, especially if he's reinvigorated by the change.
We would like to wish Mr Takahashi the best of luck in his new role!
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese trainer Tomoaki Takahashi [高橋智明] was award the Eddie Townsend Award for his work last year with the Watanabe Gym.
The trainer, who won the award for the second time, was honoured alongside star student, and current WBA Super Flyweight champion, Kohei Kono [河野 公平] who scored a career defining win last year under the guidance of Mr Takahashi.
The award, for those who aren't award, is given to the trainer who has the biggest effect on Japanese boxing over the previous year. It is named after the legendary Eddie Townsend, who helped to trainer some of the most notable names in Japanese boxing during the 1960's,70's and 80's.
Townsend's effect on boxing in Japan really kick started the development of the sport as he lead fighters like Takeshi Fuji, Hiroyuki Ebihara, Kuniaki Shibata, Guts Ishimatsu and Hiroki Ioka to world titles.
The award is the highest honour a trainer in Japan can get and has been won in recent years by the likes of Shingo Inoue and Hiroaki Nakade.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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