Joe Gallagher is honoured to receive the trainer of the year award from the RING magazine
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 14/01/16 12:34pm
Joe Gallagher is still coming to terms with the achievement of becoming the first trainer from the United Kingdom to win a RING magazine award.
The 47-year-old Mancunian oversees one of the busiest gyms in the country, featuring three world champions, and his efforts were acknowledged this week when he received the prestigious 'Trainer of the Year' award from the RING.
Gallagher was selected ahead of fellow nominees - Peter Fury, Abel Sanchez, Floyd Mayweather Snr and Arnulfo Obando.
Enzo Calzaghe claimed the award in 2007 for guiding the unbeaten career of his son Joe, but he is Italian by birth, meaning that Gallagher is the maiden winner from the UK.
Reflecting on the award, Gallagher told Sky Sports: "I've just been thinking to myself 'wow.' You think of the trainers who this country has produced over the years from Mickey Duff, Terry Lawless, Jimmy Tibbs, Brendan Ingle, Brian Hughes.
"Then you have the success recently of Adam Booth and Robert McCracken, and no-one born here has ever won the award before. It's unbelievable.
I just can't take it in, when you look at all the fantastic coaches we've had in this country over the years and what they have achieved.
"Me and Peter (Fury), our gyms are based in Bolton, and are literally no more than a mile apart and we were both in the running for the trainer of year.
"I just can't take it in. When you look at all the fantastic coaches we've had in this country over the years and what they have achieved. I'm the first UK-born one. It's very flattering and hasn't sunk in yet."
A hectic schedule lies ahead for Gallagher, who is preparing super-bantamweight Scott Quigg for his world title unification clash with Carl Frampton on February 27, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
He also will be working with Stephen Smith for his world title shot against IBF champion Jose Pedraza on March 26, along with the rest of his successful stable of fighters.
Gallagher said: "We've got the big Quigg-Frampton fight coming up, Stephen Smith in New York, and Callum Smith, Anthony Crolla. There is also talk of Liam Smith in big fights.
"All I'm concerned about is what we're doing with Scott Quigg and getting him right. Putting in a good performance and seeing his arm raised so he has two world titles around his waist at the end of the night."