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Hayami Ryuuichi
Hayami
Biography
Japanese Name 速水 龍一
Nickname(s) "The Prodigy"
Gender Male
Birth date December 23, 1972
Homeland Japan Tokyo, Japan
Boxer Info
Weight Class Junior Featherweight
Featherweight
Height 170.2 cm (5'7")
Reach 177.8 cm (70")
Style Out Boxer
Stance Orthodox Stance
Previous Affiliation(s) Otowa Boxing Gym
Previous Trainer(s) Otowa coach
Date(s) Retired ca. 1994 (First Time)
Boxing Record
Total fights 20
Wins 8
Wins by KO 7
Losses 12
Draws 0
Championships Inter-High Champion (3x)
Appearances
Manga Debut Round 38
Anime Debut Round 16 (The Fighting)
Voice Actor Tsujitani Kouji
Hayami Ryuuichi (速水 龍一) is a boxer affiliated with Otowa Boxing Gym.

BackgroundEdit

Hayami had an impressive record as an amateur (56 matches-56 wins-43 KOs). During his high school days he won the Inter-High Championship three times in a row, beating Yoshida Mitsuo, a fellow genius, twice. As a result he earned the attention of the press and gained a lot of fans, mostly females.

HistoryEdit

Rookie King TournamentEdit

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Hayami vs Ippo

After easily winning his Pro Debut and a second bout, he signed up for the East Japan Rookie King tournament. Among the four best prospects (including Miyata Ichirou, Mashiba Ryou and Yoshida), he was the favorite to win the tournament.

He faced Iwakawa in the first round of the tournament. After soundly beating him, he proceeded to do the same with Yasukawa Kazu in the quarter finals, despite the latter's attempts to wear Hayami down by picking him off with counter strikes, the same strategy that Kamogawa Genji had in mind for Makunouchi Ippo's match against Hayami. This is the first time Hayami is seen in action in the series--thrashing Kazu with his signature move, the Shotgun.

When Fujii approached Hayami to take his comments for the upcoming match against Ippo, Hayami stated that after seeing Ippo's match against Kobashi Kenta on a video tape, he was very disappointed in him. Since Ippo got his hands full with an opponent of Kobashi's caliber, Hayami considered him nothing of a threat, and thought that the semi-finals would be an easy pass. Fujii warned him that he should take Ippo seriously since his punch is powerful, and if the match went to an in fight, Hayami would face a lot of problems.

The day of the bout came, and despite being a 4-rounder match it had air commentaries due to Hayami's popularity. Hayami purposely took the match into an in fight in order to show his superiority by beating the hard-puncher in his specialty. He was quickly overwhelmed. While attempting to get some distance, he used a short uppercut, but Ippo countered with a hook that cut off his footwork. Hayami used the Shotgun as a last resort. However, due to being unable to put his waist into it, Ippo read its rhythm, and took full advantage of the situation. Hayami was KO'ed with an uppercut square in the jaw, just before the closing of the first round.

Everyone in the stadium was shocked, most of all Hayami's cheering squad, who had never seen him lose, and the reporters who were planning on making an article about him. When Hayami came to and realized that he lost, he said to his coach that it was alright since great boxers like Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard lost as well. He walked away from the ring with his head up, and received cheers from his fans despite his loss.

Junior Featherweight Title Match and RetirementEdit

Hayami made a comeback in the Junior Featherweight division, where he became the 1st seed. After Sanada Kazuki relinquished his belt to move up a class, Hayami faced the second seed of the Junior Featherweight class, Kobashi, for the vacant title. He had the lead in the judges's scorecard until the 8th round, where they started exchanging blows and Hayami was KO'ed with a one-two to the jaw. Otowa Coach noted that since his fight with Ippo, Hayami's jaw has been his Achilles' heel. Hayami temporarily retired shortly afterwards.

Makunouchi Ippo's Retirement - As a SecondEdit

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Hayami vs unknown opponent

Some time later, Hayami came back from retirement. At Kourakuen Hall, as he gets ready for his match, Hayami meets Ippo and the former states he has high expectations of himself and no matter how many times he loses, he will go on, then one day he will create a legend. The match begins and in the first round, Hayami overwhelms his opponent with the Shotgun and uses jabs to keep his opponent from getting close enough to hit him, even landing punches through the opponent's guard. Hayami ends the first round with no hits received and his opponent tired. The second round starts with Hayami's Shotgun hitting the opponent, then Hayami swiftly dodging his opponent's desperate big punches, even landing a counter on his opponent. During the second round, Hayami falls after a punch grazed his chin, then stood up on the count of two.

Match HistoryEdit

No Result Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
20 LOSS 8-12-0 Unknown TKO 2(10) 1999 Tokyo, Japan
19 LOSS 8-11-0 Unknown Decision 10(10), 3:00 1998 Tokyo, Japan
18 LOSS 8-10-0 Unknown N/A N/A 199? Tokyo, Japan
17 LOSS 8-9-0 Unknown N/A N/A 199? Tokyo, Japan
16 LOSS 8-8-0 Unknown N/A N/A 199? Tokyo, Japan
15 LOSS 8-7-0 Unknown N/A N/A 199? Tokyo, Japan
14 LOSS 8-6-0 Unknown N/A N/A 199? Tokyo, Japan
13 LOSS 8-5-0 Unknown N/A N/A 199? Tokyo, Japan
12 LOSS 8-4-0 Unknown N/A N/A 199? Tokyo, Japan
11 LOSS 8-3-0 Unknown N/A N/A 199? Tokyo, Japan
10 WIN 8-2-0 Unknown Decision 10(10), 3:00 1995 Tokyo, Japan Comeback Match
9 LOSS 7-2-0 Kobashi Kenta KO 8(10) 1994 Tokyo, Japan JBC Junior Featherweight Title Match, Retired temporarily after match
8 WIN 7-1-0 Unknown KO N/A 1993 Tokyo, Japan Last match win by KO
7 WIN 6-1-0 Unknown KO N/A 1992 Tokyo, Japan
6 LOSS 5-1-0 Makunouchi Ippo KO 1(4)

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1991- 11 Tokyo, Japan East Japan Rookie King Tournament Semi-Finals
5 WIN 5-0-0 Yasukawa Kazu KO 1(4) 1991 Tokyo, Japan East Japan Rookie King Tournament Quarter-Finals
4 WIN 4-0-0 Seiki Iwakawa TKO 1(4) 1991 Tokyo, Japan East Japan Rookie King Tournament Round 1
3 WIN 3-0-0 Yoshida Mitsuo KO 3(4), 1:26 1991 Tokyo, Japan
2 WIN 2-0-0 Unknown KO  ?(4) 1990 Tokyo, Japan
1 WIN 1-0-0 Unknown KO  ?(4) 1990 Tokyo, Japan Pro Debut

Amateur Matches: 56-56-0-0 (43 KO)

VS Yoshida Mitsuo 3R Win by KO (Inter-High Tournaments Finals)

VS Yoshida Mitsuo 3R Win by KO (Inter-High Tournaments Finals)

VS Unknown 3R Win by KO (Inter-High Tournaments Finals)

AppearanceEdit

Hayami is a handsome young man of average height with lightly tanned skin, black eyes, and short, curly brown hair with a few bangs. His body is toned and muscular, like most boxers in the series.

PersonalityEdit

Flamboyant and overconfident, Hayami displays little sense of sportsmanship inside the ring when he is first introduced. He tends to think of some of his opponents as being worthless. He is adored by many female fans, and likewise, he is something of a pretty boy himself. Despite his attitude, he is hard-working and talented.

Hayami genuinely loves boxing, as he explained during his interview with Fujii. He was planning to be the charismatic hero like Muhammad Ali so that all of Japan would love boxing.

Boxing Style & TechniquesEdit

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Hayami using his Shotgun

Hayami is an Out Boxer possessing great punch speed and footwork. He is very skilled, with talent comparable to that of Miyata. Despite being talented, Hayami doesn't slack off and trains very hard, doing even basic training that most boxers with his talent would ignore.

Hayami's strongest weapon is a barrage of high-speed punches called the Shotgun. He also possesses a Short Uppercut that he uses specifically against In Fighters, often for making an opening for his Shotgun.

TechniquesEdit

WeaknessesEdit

Hayami's primary weakness is his cockiness. He lost to Ippo because he tried to challenge Ippo in an in fight, rather than out box him from the start. He changed this attitude during his fight with Kobashi, but after his fight with Ippo, his jaw had received massive damage, turning into a "glass jaw" which ultimately brought his defeat. Then later, during his 20th match, he falls after being slightly grazed by a punch on his chin.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Before his match with Ippo, Hayami didn't utter a single line of dialogue in the anime. That means he went 5 episodes taking up considerable screen time (including having three different matches from start to finish) without talking.
  • Hayami's two losses are against the only two opponents he badmouthed.[citation needed]
  • He shares many similarities with Juza, from Fist of the North Star.