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Joe Gallagher’s incredible 12 months just got better with the Denton trainer named British boxing coach of the year.


Gallagher, who takes charge of John and Joe Murray, Matthew Macklin and Anthony Crolla, was handed the prestigious title by top US boxing website, BoxingScene.com.


His award came in recognition of an outstanding 2010 that saw his fighters win two European titles and one English crown.


The MEN Sport columnist also passed legendary trainer, Enzo Calzaghe’s record of 40 straight fights without defeat, taking his own total to 41.


BoxingScene’s Terrence Dooley said: “Gallagher’s run includes British, European and English title fights, as well as a stack of amateur crowns.


“Maintaining a long undefeated run across different levels is a commendable achievement.”


Under Gallagher’s guidance John Murray has built up the longest undefeated record in Britain right now with 30 straight wins.


Murray won the European lightweight title last year, while Macklin regained his European middleweight belt.


Gallagher made it a hat-trick of titles when leading Crolla to an English super-featherweight title success against Andy Morris in October.


But he says he’s looking for even more success in 2011.


“I’m not satisfied and neither are my fighters,” he said. “Like all the best managers and coaches in sport I believe you should quickly put success behind you and focus on the next target.


“I want to make John Murray and Matthew Macklin world champions, Anthony Crolla and Joe Murray British champions. But it’s not just the pros in the gym – we’ve had great success with amateurs like Hosea and Zak Burton.


“Success breeds success.


“It was a great achievement to get to 41-0 and I’ve got a lot of stick about it and whether I can make it 50. I want to do that by challenging for world titles.


“But I couldn’t do any of it without the help of my team. Kerry Kayes has been a brilliant supporter since I took over the gym and Mick Williamson is the best cutsman in the business.”


There were also Boxing Scene awards for Bury’s Scott Quigg, named young boxer of the year after winning the inter-continental super-bantamweight title, and Morris, who was involved in the domestic fight of the year in his defeat to Gary Sykes for vacant British super-featherweight crown.



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