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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