BOLTON’S boxing successes in 2015 have been recognised by America’s famous Ring magazine in their annual awards.
Trainers Joe Gallagher and Peter Fury, who are both based in the town, have been short-listed as two of five for Trainer of the Year following their success in the past 12 months.
Gallagher, who has his camp at Amir Khan’s Gloves Community Centre, has steered three of his fighters to world titles with Scott Quigg, Anthony Crolla and Liam Smith all training in the town before clinching world belts.
Meanwhile, Fury masterminded nephew Tyson’s glorious heavyweight championship success against Wladimir Klitschko in November.
Fury trained at the Macron Stadium ahead of that showdown and also has a gym in Halliwell.
The fact two Bolton-based trainers are in the final five for the respected award means the town’s boxing traditions are recognised across the Atlantic, according to Gallagher.
“It shows the work here is recognised in America because Ring magazine is highly respected.
“It also shows that boxing is on the map in Bolton and hopefully that will continue.
“Obviously Amir Khan has a profile in America but now they know about Tyson Fury after his stunning win.
“They also know the likes of Scott Quigg and Anthony Crolla after their world titles last year and all those champions train in Bolton.
“There are four world champions now based here with Peter (Fury) and I and hopefully more to come in 2016.”
Gallagher and Fury are up against Floyd Mayweather Snr for the award which is announced later this month.
The other contenders are Arnulfo Obando, who trains Roman Gonzalez, and Abel Sanchez who works with the talented Gennady Golovkin.
Meanwhile Tyson Fury is on the short-list for the Fighter of the Year honour, along with Event of the Year and the Upset of the Year following his triumph in Germany against long-time champion Klitschko.
Crolla is listed for Comeback of the Year and Most Inspirational Fighter of the Year after he overcame potentially career-ending injuries sustained while foiling a burglary attempt near to his Manchester home to become a world champion.
Khan is also in the final five for that honour after his trips to Pakistan following a school massacre in Peshawar in December 2014.