Earlier this week we were informed that Watanabe gym trainer Tomoaki Takahashi had been selected for the 2015 Eddie Townsend Award, as the best trainer in Japan. The award, named after the brilliant Eddie Twownsned, is an annual award in Japan and has been won by numerous top trainers, including Shingo Inoue who won it last year and Hiroaki Nakade who won it in 2013.
Takahashi has won the award for his work over the last 12 months. That work has included being in the corner for fighters like Kohei Kono, Rikiya Fukuhara and Ryuichi Funai.
Whilst neither Fukuhara and Funai managed to record a major win this year it's fair to say that guiding Kono to victory against Koki Kameda in the US a few weeks ago was a major achievement and was at least partly responsible for the award.
This is the second time Takahashi has won the award, with him also being one of the shared winners in 2010 which was won by the collective "Team Uchiyama", who were behind the rise of Takashi Uchiyama. Not only was this Takahashi's second win but also the second time the award has gone to a trainer from the Watanabe gym.
(Image courtesy of Watanabe Gym)
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