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A fairyTayl year for boxing - Carl Frampton and David Kelly hand out their gongs

It's been yet another dramatic, euphoria and heatwrenching year for boxing.

By Carl Frampton and David Kelly

World champion Carl Frampton and boxing correspondent David Kelly pick their favourites of the year.

Carl Frampton

UK/Irish fighter of the year - Josh Taylor

Taylor won the World Boxing Super Series to finish off a great year. He has developed into a fantastic fighter and the way he beat Regis Prograis was terrific. He's arguably the No.1 light-welterweight in the world and a fight between him and WBO/WBC champion Jose Ramirez would be a cracker. On the Irish scene, Luke Keeler has improved so much. A couple of years ago nobody would have envisaged him being on the brink of a world title shot.

World fighter of the year - Naoya Inoue

Inoue has had an incredible year. He won the bantamweight World Super Series and did it after moving up a weight to join the tournament. On his way to the final he made life easy for himself with dominant knock-out wins but then in the final had to come through adversity to win. Nonito Donaire broke his nose, hurt him badly and also gave him a nasty cut but Inoue came through to win a thriller.

UK/Irish fight of the year - Steven Ward v Liam Conroy

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Josh Taylor's win over Regis Prograis was terrific but I'm going for Ward against Conroy in the Ulster Hall, which was also a contender for the British Boxing Board of Control Fight of the Year. It had everything: knockdowns, bad cuts, both men were hurt… it had so much drama right up to the point that the referee stopped it. Some in the Ulster Hall thought Stevie had been stopped on cuts but it went to the scorecards and he got his hand raised. It was like something from a movie.

World fight of the year - Katie Taylor v Delfine Persoon

THIS may seem like a choice from left field, but sitting at Madison Square Garden that night commentating on the fight I was genuinely in awe of the heart and intensity on display. I thought Persoon won the fight and got stick for saying it. It was a brutal 10 rounds of non-stop action and both women deserve credit for producing a spectacular fight in the great venue of MSG and Katie has gone on to become a two-weight world champion.

UK/Irish young fighter of the year - Dennis McCann

I like McCann's style a lot. He has a wee bit of arrogance about him and looks like he lives the life, trains hard and has so far not put a foot wrong. He's still very young and doesn't need to be rushed. As long as he is matched correctly I think he could go on to become a superstar.

World young fighter of the year - Teofimo Lopez

Lopez had been talked about as a future world champion for some time but a disappointing performance and problems outside the ring made me think that Richard Commey would get the better of him earlier this month. But, Lopez blew Commey away to win the IBF lightweight title at just 22-years-old. Now he is lined up to face the great Vasyl Lomachenko in a unification bout and some think he could pull off an upset.

Knock-out of the year - Deontay Wilder

I was in the MGM Grand for the fight between Wilder and Ortiz and to see the power of the WBC World heavyweight champion up close was something else. Ortiz had won every round but then Wilder pulled out the equaliser. Most people when they are sent into orbit have been hit on the temple or back of the ear but Ortiz was caught on the forehead and usually those punches can be taken a lot better but he was gone - that's the amazing power Wilder possesses.

Coach of the year - Pete Taylor/ Angel Fernandez

I can't separate these two. It may surprise some that I have picked Pete Taylor but I'm going for him because of the way he has transformed Dubliner Luke Keeler in two years from a basic domestic fighter into a world title contender - and at the Falls Park in August he had the win of his career when beating Luis Arias. Pete has also turned around the career of Tommy McCarthy. Tommy had a big win over Fabio Turchi on away soil and is the mandatory challenger for the European cruiserweight title. Angel Fernandez is also my pick because he had such a great impact on Anthony Joshua for his win over Andy Ruiz in their re-match earlier this month after being brought into the team. He is also doing a very good job with a few other fighters.

David Kelly

UK/Irish fighter of the year - Josh Taylor

TAYLOR had a quite sensational year. Lifting the IBF World light-welterweight title with a hard-fought victory over Ivan Baranchyk, he then followed that up with his gruelling points win over Regis Prograis at London's O2 Arena - a battle widely regarded as the number one and two in the division going head-to-head.

World fighter of the year - Errol Spence

Mexican Emmanuel Navarette ran Spence close for this award having defended his WBO super-bantamweight title four times, winning every one by stoppage. But, Spence just takes it ahead of Navarette and even Naoya Inoue because of his two highly impressive victories over Mikey Garcia and Shawn Porter. Spence will hopefully be back in more major bouts despite being involved in a terrible car crash.

UK/Irish fight of the year - Josh Taylor v Regis Prograis

JOSH Taylor unified the IBF and WBA World light-welterweight titles as well as the Muhammad Ali trophy with his victory over Prograis in the World Boxing Super Series decider. Taylor had to dig deep and find way through the smart boxing of the former WBA champion and he did so with grit and guile to win on points.

World fight of the year - Naoya Inoue v Nonito Donaire

Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire served up a modern day classic in the final of the World Boxing Super Series last month. Donaire proved he was still an elite fighter at 37, while over 12 rounds of the highest quality - with momentum swinging one way and then the other - Inoue cemented his place in the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

UK/Irish young fighter of the year - Daniel Dubois

Daniel Dubois has had a great year of development, including a significant victory over Nathan Gorman. The Londoner will enter 2020 knowing he is now well rated with the world governing bodies. His athleticism and power stands out and 12 months from now will be aiming for shot at the world title.

World young fighter of the year - Devin Haney

Haney is only 21 years of age and already the WBC World lightweight champion. He has the class and the boxing IQ to become one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world over the coming years. He also seems to be very grounded, often seen helping those less well off. A true champion in the making.

Knock-out of the year- Deontay Wilder v Luis Oritiz

Deontay Wilder was being thoroughly outboxed by Luis Ortiz in their re-match last month but with just six seconds remaining in the seventh round the WBC heavyweight champion delivered an explosive right hand that left the Cuban in another world. Wilder is now on track for a February 22 showdown with Tyson Fury.

Coach of the year - Robert McCracken

When Anthony Joshua suffered his first defeat as a professional in that shock loss to Andy Ruiz jnr in Madison Square Garden in June, McCracken came in for some criticism and there were question marks over how the Londoner would come back from such a loss. It was clear that McCracken set out the disciplined game-plan for Joshua to follow in the re-match in Saudi Arabia earlier this month and he consequently won back his belts with ease.

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