Antonio Guevara (アントニオ・ゲバラ, lit. antonio gebara) is a non-recurring character in Hajime no Ippo.
He was Makunouchi Ippo's second and last opponent in the World Class Saga.
|Birth date||ca. 1980|
|Height||168.1 cm (5'6")|
|Reach||173 cm (68")|
|Trainer||Antonio's Coach (Unseen)|
|Wins||Unknown (2 Known)|
|Wins by KO||Unknown (1 Known)|
|Championships||Filipino Featherweight Champion|
|Manga Debut||Round 1174|
|Manga Final|| Round 1203 (physically)|
Round 1206 (flashback)
|Anime Debut||Has Yet Appeared|
Born in the poor slums of the Smokey Mountain in the Philippines, Antonio's life has been collecting junk and other similar materials that can be sold on junk shops in order to help his family that are in heavy need. He supports his parents and six siblings every day with this job.
One day he convinced himself that it was not enough, and if possible to help the rest of the town as well, so he introduced to boxing by unknown means and through hard work he reached his current point.
As he made his way to the national rankings, the young Antonio challenged long reigned champion Malcolm Gedo and defeated him, as well as dominated him fairly by an unanimous decision. He became the new Featherweight Champion of the Philippines.
A day before his match with the former JBC Champion Makunouchi Ippo, he offers a handshake to him during their stare down. Antonio uses his left hand to greet his opponent because of his instincts as a natural southpaw.
The day of the match arrives, Antonio enters the ring with confidence and not understanding what the audience is saying. The first round begins as the bell rings, Antonio uses his right jabs and speed to keep Ippo out of range and prevent him from infighting. However, Ippo realizes he needs to close in on Antonio. As Ippo dashes to him, Antonio throws a left straight, Ippo however ducks under his left straight and hits him with a solar plexus blow. Ippo then punches Antonio in the face, sending him into the ropes where he bounces off and falls on his face, with the referee stepping in to send Ippo to a neutral corner. Antonio gets up and the match continues, Ippo dashes out of the corner. Antonio's corner tells him to throw some jabs like before, but Ippo slips through. His corner then tells him to just buy some time.
Expecting a body blow, Antonio lowers his guard, then guards his face with one arm. Despite the guard, Ippo's punch rocks Antonio's head back.
Antonio is totally on the defensive now and is once again forced to retreat right into the ropes. Antonio throws out a counter, but Ippo avoids it and sets up for the Diagonal Dempsey Roll. Ippo begins his Diagonal Dempsey Roll by stopping the momentum of ducking to the left, immediately delivering a punch going from vertical to horizontal, he then leans to the left and swings back to punch with a left. Ippo swings to the right, delivers a right uppercut while swinging his body to the left. As Ippo is about to land a hit again, Antonio falls and a slip is declared. Sendo , Mashiba, and Miyata are impressed on the unrolled dempsey by ippo, When Antonio is ready for battle. He did some clinching technique but ippo surpassed his plan and released a liver blow then the referee stops ippo when the bell rings.
At 2nd Round, Antonio guevara's corner had a conversation with Malcolm Gedo before the match, Malcolm Gave some hint on how to outstrike ippo but only for the exchange of money. So the corner can't help Antonio, but Antonio thinking out of the box, uses his range against ippo. Ippo's range is too short making it easier for Antonio to counter ippo's jab. As the time goes by, Sendo goes to get a drink since he noticed the fight was done, ippo's body release some steam that indicates ippo is desperate to defeat antonio guevara. Ippo tries to rush in using the new dempsey roll to catch up to his distance. Antonio use his feet to prevent the inside pace of ippo, as the battle goes by, ippo use his quickness and able to throw some punch even from his bad position, he is able to overthrow him and the distance becomes shorter. When ippo is in the position, Antonio freezes. Ippo using pace on the position and throws some bombs using his right hand. Ippo hits Guevara Sending him to the matt, the referee begins the count, While everyone in the audience thinks that Guevara is going straight to the hospital, he stands up. Ippo is getting ready but the gong sounds, the bell saving Guevara again.
The gong sounds and Ippo and Guevara trade punches, with Guevara trying to get around the cross-arm block with hooks. He throws a big left hook that Ippo ducks easily, but their legs get tangled and as Ippo is going down, Guevara's hook makes contact. Ippo goes down before he picks himself up.
At the 4th round, Ippo uses the Diagonal Dempsey Roll at the corner. While he start to weave and to attack. Antonio thinks about his family and throws a last desperate left straight to counter Ippo, leaving Ippo falling to the floor with Antonio winning the match.
|WIN||N/A||Makunouchi Ippo||KO||4(10), 2:45||1999-01||Tokyo, Japan||"10 Months In The Making"|
|WIN||N/A||Malcolm Gedo||KO||10(10) 3:00||N/A||Philippines||Won Filipino Featherweight Title|
Antonio is a very good looking young man, who has a tanned skin tone like most Filipino characters in the series, and a fit body. his hair is black, in a short hairstyle, he has thin eyebrows.
Antonio has an easy-going, confident attitude. He's willing to fight anyone in order to achieve his goal, to bring back money for his family. He has shown to be very kind and good hearted, a lot more than Ippo is currently in the series. He has not shown another side of his personality, even in his match against Ippo, he showed less fierce look than Ippo while fighting, and as known Ippo has also a kind personality.
Antonio is a skilled southpaw out boxer who commonly uses right jabs and straights and is good at dodging and blocking punches. Antonio has enough punching power to knock Ippo's head back with a jab. He is shown to have quick reflexes as he leans back to avoid a direct hit from Ippo. Antonio use his foot to block the infighting method of ippo.
- He is the third fighter to have knocked out Makunouchi Ippo.
- He was shown to have a very similar personality to Ippo, maybe even far kinder as seen. The irony is that Takamura said to Ippo that he should cross the line, but he actually fought someone who has not crossed it either. They both currently lack the step to cross that line.
- He might of been inspired from the real life Filipino professional boxer, the people's champ Manny Pacquiao, who was also from a poor family with a similar backround, before he reached his current status. He's a natural southpaw and he is also a very kind good hearted fighter, wanting to do good things from fighting in the ring, all these things mirror a lot like the character Antonio. Although nothing has been said officially by the author, it is safe to assume the similarities.