P4P countdown: No 6: Naoya Inoue
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came sixth...
Name: Naoya Inoue
BM online P4P ranking: 6th (up one place from January)
Fight record: 16-0 (14 KOs)
Report card: Three fights and three stoppage victories in 2017 - including his US debut in September's super-fly card - sealed the Zama-born pugilist's reputation as one of the most devastating young fighters on the planet. With seven defences of the WBO super-flyweight title under his belt, as well as a previous reign as WBC light-fly champ, 'The Monster' then moved on up to bantam in 2018, annexing the WBA 'regular' belt with a brutal one-round destruction of Jamie McDonnell.
Prospects: In one respect it's a shame that Inoue never tussled with the likes of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada at super fly, however his likely entry into the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament - alongside the likes of Ryan Burnett and Zolani Tete - will give him the chance to prove he is 'the man' at 118lbs and advance further up the pound for pound rankings.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 52 - all ten members of our panel ranked Inoue in their individual top tens. His highest ranking was fourth, and three of our panel ranked him fifth.
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Shaun Brown.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.