Naoya Inoue is my FOTY. I'm switching my pick from Kovalev to him. I consider Narvaez to be a great champion. His only loss was to Donaire, in a fight where he made Donaire look incredibly bad and vulnerable. Meanwhile, Inoue moves up two weight classes to fight him and absolutely demolishes him. Inoue is a rare talent. Recapping his great year: He wins the WBC belt from Adrian Hernandez. Beats up Kokietgym. Then moves up two weight class to fight one longest reigning champions in Omar Narvaez. Whose only lose came against Donaire in 2011. He demolishes him. What separates his year from Kovalev is that he faced better competition. Kovalev dominated all his opponents, but his most high profile opponent was Hopkins. What separates him from Crawford is his domination over all of his opponents and the fact that he fought bigger guys. Crawford fought small guys the entire year, and he was looking so bad against Gamboa until his power and size advantage won him the fight. He's nowhere near as talented as Inoue, he gets hit far more often and he's going to be in trouble when he moves up in weight against fighters as big as him where he can't just use his size and power to bail him out like it did against Gamboa. So Inoue is FOTY. Japan has a new star.