In the US Freddie Roach has recently been awarded the "Eddie Futch" award as the best trainer in the eyes of the BWAA (Boxing Writers Association of America). In Japan we saw a similar award, the "Eddie Townsend" award, given to the excellent Hiroaki Nakade for his work in 2013.
Nakade, best known for his long and fruitful guidance of Katsunari Takayama, was a worthy winner given the way that Takayama's career really was revived in 2013 after a string of bad results and even the contemplation of retirement.
Much like Roach, Nakade has become synonymous with his most notable fighter. For Nakade that is Takayama, for Roach it's Manny Pacquiao, and maybe the biggest lesson here is that fighters who trust their trainer and stick with them get to the top no matter how hard the journey there is.
For those unaware about the Eddie Townsend award, it's been an annual award given to the best trainer in Japan since 1990 in memory of Townsend.
Townsend was born in 1914 and was half American and half Japanese trainer who created numerous champions. He is best known for being the man who guided 6 men to world titles, including Takeshi Fuji, Hiroyuki Ebihara, Guts Ishimatsu and Hiroki Ioka, who himself won the "Eddie Townsend" award in 2012.
Unfortunately Townsend died in 1988 though thankfully his name lives on courtesy of this award.
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