Killer Hook
Chapter Info
Volume: 4
Chapter: 29
Japanese Title: 殺人フック
Romanized Title: Satsujin Fukku
Total Pages: 25
Episodes: Round 13 (p.1-25)
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Killer Hook is the twenty-ninth chapter of Morikawa Jouji's manga series Hajime no Ippo.


  • Characters Introduced: Ohta
  • Locations Introduced: None
  • Techniques Introduced: None
  • Mentioned Boxers: None
  • Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo


Ozuma prepares to leave for Nerima alone, since his coach stays to tend to the gym. As he leaves, the gym members give him extra money and words of encouragement.

After arriving in Nerima, he stays at the Nerima Kentou-kai. Its members are impressed with his power, but Ohta, who also entered in the the tournament, is annoyed and decides to spar with Ozuma, who believes it to be a friendly gesture. Ohta violently rushes him, but Ozuma refuses to fight back until Ohta puts headgear on. He laughs at Ozuma's skills and Ozuma, remembering what his friends told him, sends Ohta to the hospital with a single hook.

Kamogawa and Yagi discuss how Ozuma hospitalized Ohta. Realizing that Ippo's head on style will not work against Ozuma, the coach has him spar with Takamura, telling him all he has to do is dodge the hook and land a single blow. Takamura instantly knocks Ippo down with a hook, and the coach tells Ippo that if he were to dodge the hook, he would have a clear shot at Ozuma's body.

After days of failed attempts, Ippo, on his way home, comes across a children's park with hanging bars he decides to use to train dodging, but hits his head on the second bar.

Over the next days, Ippo continues to both spar with Takamura and try the exercise at the playground. The day before the match, Ippo is finally able to dodge one of Takamura's hooks, which satisfies the coach.

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