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|Japanese Name||藤井 稔|
|Birth date||June 6, 1959|
|Occupation||Monthly Boxing Fan journalist|
|Manga Debut||Round 9|
|Anime Debut||Round 6 (The Fighting)|
|Voice Actor|| Ono Kenichi|
Omoro Masayuki (Drama CD)
Fujii Minoru (藤井 稔) is a reporter, or sports journalist, who works for Monthly Boxing Fan.
A veteran reporter with a keen eye for potential, Fujii is constantly following with his partners the careers of many Japanese boxers. While most other reporters cover only the most important events, Fujii is known to closely report on relatively unknown, upcoming boxers who are considered underdogs.
Fujii is shown to be one of the most knowledgeable and intuitive characters in the series; been able to predict events or figure out techniques before most. He also has many connections within most local gyms, as he frequently visits the members in order to gather and share information.
After witnessing the second sparring match between Makunouchi Ippo and Miyata Ichirou, Fujii is surprised at the outcome, as he did not expect someone with Ippo's appearance and experience to defeat a prodigy like Miyata. Proven wrong, Fujii quickly gains interest in Ippo, and begins following his career closely, despite the fact that very few expect anything from the young boxer.
After not only Ippo and Miyata, but also Mashiba Ryou (who the public had high expectations for) become professional boxers, Fuji covers the Rookie King Tournament where the trio will be participating along with prodigy Hayami Ryuichi. He gives more attention to Makunouchi Ippo than the other reporters because he already knew Ippo's potential.
Fujii is very laid back and unkept, often looking as though he just woke up. His hair is usually uncombed and he often has stubble in addition to his regular moustache. In addition to Ippo, he also seems to be friends with Takamura Mamoru and Date Eiji.
A seldom-noticed running gag of the series is Fujii's constant attempts to quit smoking. He changes between cigarettes and nicotine replacement tubes regularly.
- "You could sell tickets to a matchup like this!" -Signature quote, often says it during spars