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"He knows nothing but glory, yet he remains humble. Instead of wallowing in his talent, he works tirelessly to improve. A true champion has come to Japan!"
David "Golden" Eagle (デビッド · "ゴールデン" ·イーグル, lit. debiddo "gōruden" īguru) is a recurring character in Hajime no Ippo.
He is an American boxer and the former WBC Middleweight Champion as well as Olympic gold medalist. He fought the Japanese KO king Takamura Mamoru for the Middleweight title, a match featured prominently in the third season of Ippo.
|Height||184.5 cm (6'1")|
|Reach||185.5 cm (74")|
|Stance||Orthodox boxing stance|
|Date(s) Retired||27 August 1995|
|Wins by KO||14|
|Championships|| Olympic Gold Medalist|
WBC Middleweight Champion
|Manga Debut||Round 522|
|Anime Debut||Round 16 (Rising)|
|Voice Actor||Hidenobu Kiuchi|
Eagle was an undefeated Olympic gold medalist prior to the start of his successful pro career. Barreling through a mere fifteen fights before reaching world champion level, Eagle is said to have never tasted defeat due to his dedication and tactical skillset.
He is first seen arriving in Japan, receiving much attention from the locals who, at the time, assumed he was a famous movie actor by his looks. He signs autographs for children (including Makunouchi Ippo, who is mistaken for one and Miyata) as well as answers questions about his presence in Japan. Eagle says he is interested in Takamura's boxing prowess, so, in order to experience the thrill of the fight against such a strong opponent, he traveled to Japan. Eagle is then seen refusing to return to the hotel, determined to train and regain his rhythm. Fujii and Iimura then dub Eagle as a "true champion" who works hard for his title, the opposite of Bryan Hawk.
Despite his hard work and determination, Eagle loses to Takamura after their lengthy match, remarking that Takamura's strength is phenomenal having experienced it himself. Regardless of his loss Eagle is viewed as an excellent sportsman and leaves with the favor of the Japanese.
During his Olympic Gold Medalist career, he met Richard Bison, the former WBA Middleweight Champion, in the ring which he eventually defeated in early rounds. After years, when David was climbing the ladder and became the WBC Middleweight Champion, Bison was right after him, as his main goal to have a rematch against David. But that never happened because David was defeated by Takamura Mamoru and retired.
|LOSS||17-1-0||Takamura Mamoru||KO||8(12)||1995-08-27||Tokyo, Japan|
|WIN||N/A||Unknown||TKO||1(12)||19??||Unknown||Won WBC Middleweight Title|
- VS Richard Bison 4R Win by KO (Unknown)
|WIN||N/A||Richard Bison||TKO||1(4),1:31||19??||Unknown||Olympic Games|
Eagle, being a middleweight boxer, is strikingly handsome and tall compared to other characters in the series. In his first appearance Eagle was assumed to be a movie star or famous actor for his good looks, and it is said that his popularity with the female demographic stretches from America to Japan. Eagle has medium light, neat swept-blonde hair and eyebrows of average thickness. The coloring of the manga also suggests he has brightly colored eyes, though this is never elaborated on.
As opposed to fellow American (former) boxer Bryan Hawk, Eagle comes off as polite and easy-going, willing to overlook his schedule to answer a question from the Japanese press. He is disciplined and serious despite being undefeated, remaining modest and unpretentious of his boxing abilities. Against strong opponents Eagle shows a fiercely competitive, spirited, and strategically observant side, claiming he has never been able to show his true potential in any fight until his match against Takamura. Takamura also mentions that Eagle's eyes are identical to Ippo's, hinting at a very strong-willed fighting spirit. Both Iimura Mari and Fujii Minoru note that Eagle does not hunger for glory, yet has unwavering determination, and that he survives through hard work as opposed to monstrous natural talent. They both agree that Eagle is a "true champion".
Eagle shows a cool head and is able to understand people. During the pre-match press conference, Takamura refuses to shake hands and turns away. Instead of being provoked, Eagle realises that Takamura is already in fight-mode. During the match, Eagle shows a sense of honor in not targeting Takamura's cut eye, earning the admiration of the Japanese audience in contrast to Bryan Hawk's lewd antics.
David Eagle is easily one of the strongest characters in the series, evident from the fact that he brought Takamura Mamoru to the verge of defeat, being the second person to do so after his compatriot Bryan Hawk. David is an all around by the book boxer, using basic boxing techniques and strategies which are polished to the highest level. His most deadly "weapon" is a sharp, solid One-Two that Coach Kamogawa has even stated to be near perfection.
Eagle is calm and calculative; he knows how to hide his strength until the right moment, and how to act overwhelmed only to bring out bad habits from his opponent. He would also use the early rounds of a bout to study his opponent, as he did in the title match against Takamura, by putting up a solid guard and in combination with his Ominous Pressure he would force an opponent take steps back without them realising, despite Eagle being the one receiving the punches. Takamura noted that Eagle is the kind of boxer he hates most, resembling the determination shown by his junior, Makunouchi Ippo.
Physically, technically, and even in terms of fighting spirit, Eagle should be considered among the handful of boxers in the series who have no outstanding weaknesses---yet halfway through his match with Takamura, Takamura discovers that Eagle's sense of "good sportsmanship" is in fact a major handicap. Eagle does not attack Takamura's bloodied eye to force a medical decision, and he seems to admire Takamura so much that he only wants a competition with him, not a victory. Takamura exploits this mentality to eventually defeat the otherwise perfect Eagle, first by bloodying Eagle's eye and then deliberately targeting it, then instilling fear in Eagle through demonstrating his own physical and technical skills, which are equally world-class.
"I came to Japan because Mamoru Takamura Intrigues me, that's all."- Episode 16 of Rising (Episode 120 of the series), when he arrived to Japan.
·Eagle resembles a bit former six-division champion Oscar de la Hoya who was also an Olympic Gold Medalist and that same thing gave both their nicknames (De La Hoya "Golden Boy", " Golden" for Eagle) also both trained hard for each match as well.