Gallagher, Fury’s make US nominations list following UK title surge
Great Britain’s rise to boasting 12 current world title holders has meant recognition for two top trainers based in the United Kingdom.
Joe Gallagher, who trains a crop of talented fighters out of Amir Khan’s Gloves Community Centre in Bolton, and Peter Fury, who looks after a family of boxers in the same city, are both nominated for the BWAA Trainer of the Year award.
Guiding Anthony Crolla and Liam Smith to world titles, whilst helping current WBA ‘regular’ champion Scott Quigg into position to unify the belts against IBF holder Carl Frampton, have meant a well-deserved nod for the Manchester tactician.
Peter Fury, on the other hand, masterminded a floorless performance from nephew Tyson Fury in order to rip four world heavyweight titles away from the long-reigning Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany.
New top division ruler Fury, 27, has also made the list for the Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year prize, alongside pound for pound stars Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez, Roman Gonzalez and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Multi-time winner Freddie Roach has failed to find a place among the top five and is set to miss out on the Eddie Futch gong following an indifferent year for the Wild Card coach, whilst other nominees in that category are Eddy Reynoso, for his work with Canelo Alvarez, Abel Sanchez, who helped ‘GGG’ to another perfect year, and finally Floyd Mayweather Sr, who made sure his son defeated long-time nemesis Manny Pacquiao to retire undefeated on 49-0.