Makunouchi Ippo (幕之内一歩 lit. makunouchi ippo) is a retired Featherweight boxer from the Kamogawa Boxing Gym and the former JBC featherweight champion. He originally started boxing to try and answer one simple question: "What does it mean to be strong?" Since then he has formed a rivalry with Miyata Ichirou, a brotherly bond with Takamura Mamoru, and a deep trust for his coach, Kamogawa Genji, whom he now aims to become a world champion for to honor Kamogawa's teachings.
Ippo was raised by his mother, Makunouchi Hiroko for the majority of his childhood because Ippo's father, Makunouchi Kazuo died early in his childhood when his boat crashed in a storm. During his school days, when ever something happened at school, he would come home, hiding his feelings by saying that he was okay.
In the anime, during the time when his father was missing out in the sea, Ippo went everyday to the shore to wait for his return. He believed his father's words that upon his return he will never leave Ippo and Hiroko again. Although his father never returned, Ippo was able to satisfy himself that his father fulfilled his promise by finding the cap his father wore.
After his father died, Ippo grew up assisting his mother with the family fishing boat business. He was originally supposed to take over the business from her, but she decided to postpone it until after his boxing career is over.
One day on his way home after school, he was approached by Umezawa Masahiko and his friends, Takemura and Matsuda, who after insulting him, began beating Ippo. However, he was saved by Takamura Mamoru, a novice boxer who intimidates and drives the trio away.
Left unconscious, Ippo is taken to the Kamogawa Boxing Gym, where he is nursed back to health by Takamura. Before letting Ippo go, Takamura gave him the opportunity to punch a heavyweight bag with a drawing of Umezawa's face on it, as a way of relieve his frustration. After following Takamura's instructions, Ippo successfully performed a straight on the sandbag. Ippo's power is such, that the skin on his hand is peeled after hitting the sandbag. While bandaging Ippo's hand, Takamura noticed his well-built body and encourages him to defend himself from the gang. Before leaving, Takamura also gave him a video compilation of Mike Tyson's knockouts.Inspired by the events, Ippo decided to become a professional boxer and requests Takamura's help in doing so. Thinking it is impossible for someone like Ippo to become a professional, Takamura told him that he will only agree to train him if he can catch ten leaves falling from a tree midair with his jabs within a week. With much struggle and his mother's support, Ippo continued his training for several days before finally being able to catch the second leaf. After remembering the way Takamura demonstrated the jabs, Ippo successfully catches ten leaves on the promised day, surprising Takamura (due to the fact that he did it with only one hand) and earned his acceptance.
Disappointed at Ippo's appearance, and thinking he is not good for boxing, Kamogawa Genji had him spar with prodigy out boxer technician Miyata Ichirou, in order to see whether he can continue or not. Terrified at the idea of an actual fight, Ippo followed the advice of Takamura, who served as his second in the match. Utilising everything he had learned from Takamura, Ippo managed to get to the third round, surprising all witnesses. However, he fell into a trap and was caught by Miyata's counter. Despite losing the fight by knockout, Ippo's great determination earned him Kamogawa's respect and acceptance.
Realising Ippo's potential, Kamogawa decided to have him fight Miyata again, to see how much they can improve in three months. In order to face the counter that defeated him, Ippo learned how to perform an uppercut, and worked on a strategy to lure Miyata in. However, after a conversation with the Miyata about what motivated him to fight, Ippo decided that he does not want to run away from the counter. After convincing Kamogawa, he goes through intensive training in order to face the counter head-on.The day of the match, Ippo faced a once again confident Miyata, who soon became desperate after realising just how much his opponent had evolved in only three months. With both fighters scoring multiple downs, and Ippo's strategy against the counter working as planned, they get to the fourth round. In this final round, Ippo threw his newly acquired uppercut in an attempt to end the fight, but seemingly missed. Miyata then fell to the floor and unable to get up by the count of ten. It is later revealed by Fujii Minoru, who was watching the bout and took a picture, that Ippo's uppercut, indeed landed by barely a centimeter, making Miyata lose control of his legs, despite still being conscious.
The result of the second spar, caused Miyata to leave the gym in order to be able to face Ippo as a professional in the future. Before parting ways, they each promised to make it to the East Japan Rookie King Tournament and settle the score there once and for all. However, with Miyata's departure, Ippo loses a goal to fight for and no longer showed his characteristic enthusiasm. In an attempt to solve this problem, Kamogawa ordered him to follow Takamura's training routine, with hopes of him realising just how difficult a boxer's life really is. Kamogawa's attempts prove to be successful, as Ippo understood by watching Takamura going through his training schedule with such energy despite suffering the effects of his weight management, that all boxers struggle one way or the other.After regaining his motivation, Ippo applied for a professional licence after his seventeenth birthday. Despite easily passing the written test, Ippo was extremely nervous before the test fight. However, his opponent's level of skill, proved to be much inferior to Miyata's, which made it easy for Ippo to defeat him. Also applying for a licence there, another newcomer, Mashiba Ryou, threatened Ippo by advising him to switch weight classes, as they would face each other in the tournament otherwise. Ippo vowed that he will not, since he has a promise to fulfil with Miyata. The next day after school, Ippo is stopped by the bullies, Ippo defended himself and earned the bullies respect.
After Ippo received his boxer's license, Kamogawa announced that his opponent for his pro debut will be Oda Yusuke. At the weigh-in, Ippo and Oda met each other, Oda glared at Ippo, the latter not knowing the reason why. Next day, the match commenced, in round one, Ippo had the advantage, pressuring Oda. In round two, Ippo downed Oda by a body blow, Oda got up and grazed Ippo near the eye and causes a cut to appear. This caused the Kourakuen Hall doctor to almost stop the match. The third round, Oda goes straight for the cut, trying to make it bleed again, Ippo switched to Southpaw and eventually knocks out Oda with a series of jabs, thus winning the fight. As a celebration, Kamogawa left money for Ippo and the others to celebrate, they then go to the Sugar Ray.
Ippo's second match was scheduled and his opponent's name was Fujiwara Yoshio. The match commenced, in round one, Fujiwara, after getting hit multiple times, intentionally headbutted Ippo and downed him, though Ippo got up quickly. After the next headbutt, Ippo noticed that Fujiwara was doing it on purpose. Ippo began losing in punches as he was in middle range, so he steps in close range and landed punches on Fujiwara. Fujiwara then began to headbutt Ippo again, but the latter knew it was coming and threw an uppercut that knocked out Fujiwara, making Ippo the winner. After school, Ippo was greeted by a group of delinquents, he then noticed that Umezawa is calling him a "friend", Umezawa introduced Ippo to them and told the group about Ippo's win.
Ippo celebrated his first year at the gym with Takamura, Aoki, and Kimura at the Chuuka Soba. At the Kamogawa Boxing Gym, Yagi and Kamogawa announced the line up for the Rookie King Tournament. Ippo's first opponent would be Jason Ozuma. After hearing about Ozuma's devastating right hook, Ippo trained to dodge hooks by having Takamura throw hooks for him to dodge and Ippo using hanging bars to act as a punch to dodge. At the weigh-in, they met for the first time, to Ippo's surprise, Ozuma was a kind man.
In the first round, both Ippo and Ozuma were on the same pace, dodging each others punches, however Ippo was hit by one of Ozuma's hooks and went down, he got up in eight seconds. In the second round, Ippo went down due to a hook. After exchanging punches, Ozuma threw a large hook, Ippo dodges and threw a body blow, knocking Ozuma down. After getting back up, Ozuma throws multiple punches to Ippo, winning the exchange. Ippo, running out of options near the rope, saw an opening as Ozuma throws a hook, Ippo dodged and threw an uppercut and a combo that knocked out Ozuma, winning the match.
After school, Ippo rushed to Takamura at Kourakuen Hall to watch Miyata's match against Takada Teruhiko. There, he also saw a girl who's looking for a seat and dropped her ticket in front of him. After Miyata's win, Ippo was surprised with how much Miyata has gotten better since the spar. Later, Ippo went to Yamanaka Bakery and saw the same girl who he saw during Miyata's match, working at the bakery. At Kamogawa Boxing Gym, Fujii arrived with a tape of Ippo's next opponent, Kobashi Kenta. As Ippo watched the tape, he notices Kobashi clinches and has weak jabs. He then watched a tape of Hayami Ryuuichi, who uses his Shotgun technique to batter his opponent in punches. Later, Ippo got an invitation to go to a training camp from Takamura, after accepting, he arrived at the training camp. There, he did multiple training exercises, running in the sand, shadowboxing, sparring, dodging tennis balls. After the training camp, at the Kamogawa Boxing Gym, it is revealed that Ippo's match against Kobashi is before Takamura's match. As Ippo leaves the gym, he noticed someone staring through the window. The person ran and dropped his journal, Ippo picked it up and caught up to him, immediately he found out it is Kobashi. When he finds out Kobashi is observing, he started watching videos of Kobashi's matches.
The match commences, in the first three rounds, Ippo had trouble with Kobashi's left arm sticking out. Ippo was unable to hit him and getting exhausted, as Kobashi kept clinching. In the fourth and last round, Kobashi began to throw more punches than usual, hoping for a KO win, Ippo saw an opening and threw a clean hit to the face that downed Kobashi. As Kobashi was unable to stand, Ippo won the match. Ippo then watched Takamura's match against Yajima Yoshiaki. When Takamura went down, Ippo and the others cheers helped Takamura stand up.
At school during a teacher's conference, Ippo stated to his teacher that he doesn't want to go to college, instead wants to continue boxing. While outside, Ippo met Kobashi, who stated that he couldn't find anyway of winning against Hayami or his shotgun. At the Kamogawa Boxing Gym, Kamogawa stated that Hayami's shotgun must tire himself out, that is the moment Ippo should strike. Ippo began defensive training in order to dodge Hayami's shotgun. At the Kamogawa Boxing Gym, Miyata stated to Ippo he will wait for him at the finals. Ippo noticed that Hayami will always do an uppercut at the end of the barrage, so he stated that he wants to learn how to counterattack the upper. Ippo then began counter training with Aoki.
The match commenced, in the first round, Ippo started to dodge Hayami's punches perfectly, after getting hit by a barrage of punches, Ippo got ready to counter the expected left uppercut, but Hayami did not throw it, much to everyone's surprise. Hayami thrrew a barrage of punches at close range, Ippo goes down, thinking that there's no hope. After getting back up, and gaining his fighting spirit back, Ippo began to hit Hayami better than he did before. Ippo saw a chance for the uppercut counter punch, however, they both hit each other, with Hayami's legs damaged. Ippo began gaining his speed and overpowered Hayami with punches, eventually Hayami went down on the first round, with Ippo declared as the winner.
After watching the match between Miyata and Masiba, Ippo received a message from Miyata, "Forgive me.". Ippo, frustrated, punches a punching bag at the gym until he is stopped by Takamura who discovered his bloodied fist. After looking at the wounds on Ippo's fist, Kamogawa suggested he must not use his fist for two weeks, he then began speed training.
Ippo went to the Yamanaka Bakery and saw Kumi, there, Ippo found out that Ryou is Kumi's brother. Then, at the gym, Fujii explained the Mashiba family background to Ippo and everyone else. Kamogawa stated that he found Mashiba's weakness, his left guard is down when he uses the Hitman style, however, Ippo has to go head-on. After Kamogawa noticed Ippo's fist is healed, he let Aoki and Kimura spar with Ippo.
The match commenced, in the first round, Ippo had trouble with the Flicker Jab's range at first, but adapted. In round two, Ippo was on the offensive, however, he hit Mashiba's elbow with his Elbow Block three times. Due to Ippo's punching power, Mashiba's left arm fell, due to his elbow being bruised. Before round three began, Kamogawa noticed Ippo's right hand is bleeding through the glove, Kamogawa stated to only use his right hand as the finishing blow. In the third round, after receiving multiple punches, Mashiba forced his left arm into hitman style position. Ippo, thinking it's a bluff, got hit multiple times and went down. After noticing Mashiba's legs are shaking, Ippo gets up. Ippo began throwing punches, Mashiba clinched, Ippo then began hitting Mashiba while clinched. Once he broke out, Ippo then threw combos to Mashiba until he went down. As Mashiba is unable to get up and Ippo is the winner. Ippo then received the most talented rookie award.
All Japan Rookie King TournamentEditAll Japan Rookie King Tournament. Ippo went to the Kamogawa Boxing Gym, there, he saw Sendou Takeshi, the West Japan Rookie King, who told him not to withdraw. When Sendou departs for Osaka, he stated that he will be waiting there, resulting in Ippo wanting to fight him. Ippo then went to Yamaguchi Tomoko, who stated that he can fight. During a spar two days before the match, Ippo noticed he's automatically stopping his right, to not break his fist. To prevent this, Yamaguchi injected pain killers to his right hand.
The match commenced, in the first round, Ippo struggled against Sendou's intense pressure, but finnally overcame it as they both slugged it out. In round two and three, Sendou used many Smashes and was an all-around intense slug fight. Before the fourth round began, Sendou turned out to be unconscious in his corner, despite still sitting upright looking ready to continue, resulting in Ippo winning.
Class A TournamentEdit
Ippo attended the graduation ceremony as he walks on stage to receive his diploma, everyone applauded him for his victory in being the All-Japan Rookie King. On his way home, he walked with Umezawa, who tried to apologise for what he did in the past, but couldn't after Ippo stated he will call him when his next match is announced. Ippo then encountered Miyata, who had also graduated. Miyata informed Ippo that he is leaving Japan for a while since Ippo had widen the gap between them by becoming the All-Japan Rookie King and will return when he closes that gap. At the Kamogawa Boxing Gym, a group of newcomers appeared, after roadwork, only one stuck with the team, Naomichi Yamada, who was a fan of Ippo. Ippo went to Kourakuen Hall to watch Takamura, Kimura and Aoki's matches, there, he met the JBC Featherweight champion Date Eiji, who hinted that in the future they may face each other since Ippo is already ranked number 10 upon winning the Rookie King Tournament.Ippo's fist was healed and three days later, Ippo went to Nakadai Boxing Gym to spar with Date. During the spar in the first round, Ippo noticed the overwhelming pressure from the champion, as he was hit multiple times. In the second round, Date used his Corkscrew Blow at Ippo's heart, which downed Ippo as he was unable to lift his guard up for the follow-up. The two then continued their spar until the third round. At the Kamogawa Boxing Gym, the Nakadai Boxing Gym sent a request for Ippo to fight Okita Keigo, who is ranked fifth. The match commenced and in the first round, Okita used many corkscrew blows and feints which gave Ippo trouble, but Ippo defeated him in the first round after countering a corkscrew blow.
Ippo found out about Miyata's latest match against Rusak Paddy resulting in a draw. Ippo saw Alexander Volg Zangief on TV, who wants to take Date's belt. Ippo went with Yamada for his pro test, there he cheered up Yamada and saw him win his pro test. At the gym, Kamogawa and Yagi announced that the Class A Tournament is beginning. With Ippo fighting 2nd rank Saeki Takuma, Takamura then announced that the whole crew will go to a training camp. The next day at the gym, Yagi announced to Ippo, that his mother was hospitalised after collapsing from overwork. Ippo rushed to the hospital, there he noticed his mother has done everything at work alone ever since he started boxing, he then began working at the fishing boat. Fujii tried to get Ippo back into boxing, but he refused. Then one day, Umezawa visited Ippo and asked Ippo to let him take over so Ippo could continue boxing. Ippo waited at the gym as the group returned from the training camp. Ippo sparred with Takamura which ended in Ippo crying tears of joy that he's back.
A boxer renowned for his exceptionally fast footwork earning the nickname of "Speed Star", Saeki Takuma was then considered to be the fastest man in the featherweight class. Saeki proved to be a difficult opponent at first since Ippo had difficulty catching him, even at close range. Saeki grew to be a major problem when he cornered Ippo and then used his flicker jabs to swell Ippo's right eye (intentionally). Saeki controlled most of the match by staying in Ippo's blind spot and staying out of his line of sight using his speed. After Ippo managed to lean against Saeki by coincidence, he started to get the timing and Saeki's rhythm down, allowing Ippo to punch accurately within his blind spot and knock Saeki out of it. In one final rush, taking advantage of his slowed reactions due to the fear of feeling Ippo's punch, Saeki is knocked out cold.
Alexander Volg Zangief is a Russian fighter who is gentle by nature but switches into a wild beast who finishes his opponents as quickly as possible. Before the match, coach Ramuda Ruslan and Kamogawa had an interview meeting, resulting in a battle between the coaches and their boxing philosophies. Ippo manages to fight Volg longer than any of his previous opponents, but starts to endure major punches since Volg had much more refined techniques. Before the final blow, Volg runs out of stamina allowing Ippo to deliver his punches with little resistance. In the final round, Ippo and Volg enter a close range high hitting infight where they are forced to battle nonstop without breathing. After Ippo manages to avoid Volg's trademark White Fang, Volg ran out of air giving Ippo the chance to Gazelle Punch Volg's face for the victory.
JBC Featherweight ChampionEdit
After earning his right to challenge Date Eiji, one of Japan's most revered boxers Ippo went into the match bringing everything he had learned in his past 10 matches with him. For the first few rounds he succeeded in pushing the champion to his limits. However, when Eiji began using the high-level Neck Spin to negate most of the power behind Ippo's punches, Ippo becomes disoriented. Eiji gradually returns to his style of fighting from his younger days. He delivers a powerful Heart Break Shot that stuns Ippo, then prepares to deliver the finishing blow. But the referee stops the match because Kamogawa had already thrown in the towel. Victory goes to Date Eiji.
Thanks to this match, Date regains his confidence in challenging the world champion, Ricardo Martinez. He relinquishes his belt, leaving Sendou Takeshi and Alexander Volg Zangief to fight for it. Sendou wins by a controversial decision and becomes the new JBC Featherweight Champion.
The Road BackEdit
Ponchai Chuwatana is a Thai fighter ranked 3rd in Thailand who faces Ippo following his 5 month break against Date Eiji. Ponchai had a very well-built physique and a strong determination to win in his boxing matches. Ippo had no videos or info about his opponent so he didn't get to see who he was fighting until the day of the weigh in. Ippo's fight against Ponchai was even in the first round since Ponchai was able to use the Neck Twist to neutralize Ippo's power. However in the second round, Ippo starts to land small punches while swaying left and right, before speeding up and finishing Ponchai off with his new finishing move, the "Dempsey Roll."
After this match, Sendou, the new featherweight champion, challenged Ippo to a match personally.
The continuation of the unfinished match between the hard punchers of East and West. Ippo and Sendou had been looking forward to a match since the All Japan Rookie Championship was unfinished in their minds. To prepare for the match they both strengthened their weaknesses through new training methods, Sendou improving his lower body and Ippo his upper body.
This match is considered to be one of the most intense since both fighters had roughly the same amount of punching power resulting in numerous slug fests and a footstomp from the audience that shook the hall. Ippo originally had problems since he had a smaller body, meaning he had a little bit less muscle and was going to lose unless he started to connect more punches than Sendou did. But with encouragement from his friends and remembering his training he managed to continue his match against Sendou. The match turned into a mix up, where both fighters drew out the others' potential and helped each other grow stronger. With one final showdown between their signature finishers, Ippo managed to pull through and finish Sendou off by inventing a combo of his 3 strongest techniques to take the belt and title. Sendou then personally congratulated Ippo.
Sanada Kazuki is the former Japan junior featherweight champion moved up a weight class in order to challenge Ippo. With Hama Dankichi in his corner, he showcased a double uppercut nicknamed the "Hien" and the "Tsubame Gaeshi". He was able to remain standing for a moment after receiving the full Dempsey roll thanks to working the whole match on slowing Ippo down, but ultimately fell to the damage caused by it.
Proof of PowerEdit
Hammer Nao is a former member of the Kamogawa Gym and former kouhai of Ippo, he dropped down from Junior Welterweight in order to get the chance to fight Ippo. Ippo tried to end the fight as quickly as possible so that Nao would not receive much damage, but Nao was able to last until the 2nd round through a series of subtly executed fouls and even landed his signature solar plexus shot. However, Ippo's strength and experience still proved too much to Nao, causing the latter to suffer a loss.
Battle of HawksEdit
Yi Yon Su is the first opponent that Ippo has defeated in the first round as the champion. Ippo promised to win this match in the first round so long as Takamura won the junior middleweight title match against Bryan Hawk later that night. He knocks Yonsu out with the Dempsey Roll and afterwards gets scolded by Kamogawa for taking such a big risk so early in the fight.
Shimabukuro Iwao is the only fighter Ippo has ever fought that was shorter (and arguably more powerful) than him. This was fight was also for the right to be called Japan's greatest infighter. In this fight Ippo uses a alot more boxing skill than usual, starting off the fight with heavy jabs and using light punches in the end to set up his strong punch which was then followed by the Dempsey roll. Iwao is the first fighter to break the dempsey roll with punches choosing to slug it out, it is successful the first time, but the Second one finishes the fight.
Sawamura Ryuuhei presented Ippo with his greatest challenge up to this point because he possessed an almost genius like sense for counterpunching. Combine that with a rugged toughness as well as a heavy jab and powerful straight right, Ippo is pushed very hard in this fight and reveals an evolved form of the Dempsey Roll, one with a sudden stop, to make the attack less predictable and more effective. It became an excellent way to fake out the counter-boxer, even though it took a large toll on Ippo's body. It should be noted that Sawamura had Ippo in serious trouble in the 4th round but instead of finishing it then he chose to do more damage to Ippo and that in turn back fired. For within the 7th Round, Ippo knocks out Sawamura Ryuuhei with the evolved Dempsey Roll causing serious and massive damage to Sawamura.
The Challenge for the 6th DefenseEdit
Karasawa Takuzou is a former Kouhai of Sanada, this fight showcases Ippo's growth against out boxers, he does not need to use the Dempsey roll, choosing instead to seal the technique so that he can use other methods to win matches and prolong his career. Karasawa has speed similar to Saeki and utilizes it early, but Ippo uses his experience to trap him in the corner and land punishing body blows which became even stronger due to his training of hammering logs into a hill. This is one of Ippo's cleanest fights, having not taken a single clean hit and winning the fight using mainly lefts.
The Challenge for the 7th DefenseEdit
Take is the most experienced boxer that Ippo had fought up to this point, as well as the first southpaw he ever fought in the pro ring and was someone that Date Eiji held in high regard. He uses Ippo's inexperience against southpaws to his advantage through out the fight, and fights in close so as to take away the power of Ippo's immense lower-body strength and rotations on his punches. Ippo turns the fight around by taking an even lower stance and using Take's game plan against him. The match ends in Take losing a slugfest after Take chooses not to open up a cut on Ippo's eye and choosing to go out as a proud boxer.
After yet another canceled fight with Miyata, Ippo lost his drive and thought of retiring from boxing. However with the help of Iimura Mari and the words of his friends and previous opponent, he was able to find his true goal which is to become strong and went back to Kamogawa Gym to continue Boxing. Kamogawa then tells Ippo to aim for the World, but having them cut off the shortest route of getting to the top rankings by beating the OPBF Champ Miyata, Kamogawa tells Ippo that he will take a different path, which is to defeat all of the OPBF National Champions, obtaining their WBC rankings and becoming an unofficial OPBF Champion.
His first fight in this quest is against Jimmy Sisphar, who earlier in the series was the first fighter to fall to Miyata's jolt counter. Ever since then, Sisphar had become a reckless pure offense infighter with many scars from head butts and infights. Because of his many scars he earned the nickname Scratch J. He also developed a full body hook which he called his version of the jolt.
In this fight Ippo is forced to add a new element to the Dempsey roll, an uppercut, that Sisphar could not counter because his full body Jolts went from a side to side motion and it left Sisphar open to uppercuts.
Winner Takes AllEdit
Malcolm Gedo is his next challenge in the challenging the OPBF championship series. This fight is set up when the 7th ranked Japanese ranker, Fukui, defeated Malcolm Gedo in his hometown, but it was revealed that Gedo had thrown the fight in order to receive money, he did so without receiving any damage. This outraged Kamogawa and Ippo and in turn caused them to put 2 million yen (4 million yen total from each fighter) on the line so that Gedo would fight seriously, Gedo was adept at avoiding any significant damage from Ippo early on in the fight, and because he wore his left glove loose he was able to trick Ippo's depth perception by changing hand positions to create the illusion of an extending arm. Ippo overcame Gedo because of the results of his sparring with Mashiba Ryou. He is able to avoid a very critical uppercut thrown by Gedo and also overcame the Gedo's illusion when Gedo decided to switch to heavy punches, making his reach more easily read to Ippo.
In The JungleEdit
This is the third fight in Ippo's challenge of the OBPF championship. It is set up by Miguel Zail, the former trainer of Bryan Hawk and an acquantance from Genji Kamogawa's past. Wally has only 3 fights in his resume before this bout, was a very difficult opponent for Ippo, because of his great talent for boxing which was beyond genius level. Despite getting knocked down early, Wally controls most of the match with his speed and instincts and because he was most effective in the corner Ippo had little choice but to aim for very weak, fast body shots to at least be able to touch him. However, the body shots have an unforeseen cumulative effect because they had all been aimed at the exactly same spot, which not even Ippo was aware of. They took away Wally's mobility which finally led to Ippo landing cleaner shots and finally a showdown in the corner in which Ippo traps Wally in the corner with the Dempsey Roll and eventually knocks him out. But before he delivered another finishing blow to Wally, Miguel saved his boxer by throwing in the towel before Ippo could do even more serious damage.
The match is considered to be one of the most intense fights for the two Oriental Pacific National boxing champions. It also showed that with enough hard work and dedication, even genius ability can be overcome. After the fight, Kamogawa and Miguel have a talk, and they understand that a rematch between their two fighters won't happen shortly, since the only reason Ippo won was because of his experience, but now there is no factor that can give him a chance for victory.
Ippo's world ranking is 13 and his OPBF ranking is 1 before he begins the OPBF conquest. After defeating the three Asian champions, his world ranking has risen to 7.
Operation World Domination IIEdit
Kojima Hisato is a boxer that is two weight classes above Ippo. He has insulted Ippo's opponents and even his coach, but later it is found out that he is a huge Ippo fan. His right arm is currently useless so he uses his left arm to gain a Japanese rank. He also claims to know Ippo's weakness. This was also a short match as Ippo knocks him out after recovering from Kojima's counter in the first round.
After his fight with Kojima, Ippo was told by Kamogawa that he would be relinquishing the JBC Featherweight Title and moving up to challenging world rankers.
Go To The World!Edit
As the fight starts, Ippo takes up his usual pace, using his head slips and peek-a-boo guard to close in and fire in shots. He negates heavy punches from Alfredo by stepping in fast in order to cut off the damage of Alfredo's punches with his forehead, then starts to bring the match to an in-fight, at which he loses. He still goes in, quickly learning the rhythm of Alfredo's long blows; but as he corners Alfredo, Alfredo takes advantage of Ippo's not expecting punches from the side and lands a heavy long left hook, scoring a knockdown.
As the match progresses Ippo continues to take hits while Alfredo fights at long range. Finally Ippo brings out the Dempsey Roll. In return, Alfredo takes up a savage close range in-fighting style. The exchange ends with no clean hits, then another exchange follows and Alfredo is knocked down by a glancing uppercut which rattled his brain.
Finally, in the 7th round, the boxers enter yet another exchange which Ippo wins, but as he goes for the finishing blow, Alfredo lands a powerful right counter and sends Ippo to the canvas, where he lays motionless. Kamogawa runs into the ring to help Ippo and the referee declares a TKO.
As of this fight, Alfredo is the second person to knock Ippo unconscious.
10 Months In The MakingEdit
Ippo, following his ten month break against Alfredo, watches as his next opponent, Antonio Guevarra from the Philippine, become the new Filipino Featherweight Champion after he wins against Ippo's previous opponent, Malcolm Gedo. Ippo, after finding out Antonio is a southpaw, asks Itagaki how to fight southpaws and comes to a conclusion to use his right more than his left and to keep moving left with his foot on the outside. After winning in a spar with three southpaws, Ippo goes training with Kamogawa, who lectures Ippo on his New Dempsey Roll's timing. Shinoda explains to Ippo, that it takes a great amount of determination to catch his punches and it's hard for Kamogawa to lecture him. Ippo and Antonio meet at the signing ceremony and shake hands. Ippo notices Antonio's natural instinct to use his left hand.
Night of the match arrives and first round begins. Antonio keeps Ippo out of range for a while, however, Ippo slowly is able to close in on Antonio, punching him in the face with a right, causing him to fall, however, he negated the power by swaying back. As the fight continues, Antonio goes on the defensive as Ippo attacks. After dodging a right straight, Ippo begins his New Dempsey Roll, but Antonio falls after a couple hits before it started and a slip is declared. The fight continues as Ippo gets clinched by Antonio, but not until Ippo releases a liver blow to get out of the clinch, ending the first round.
The second round begins, Ippo gets out-ranged and then his body starts visibly steaming and he starts feeling lighter than usual, he jets towards Antonio too hard and loses balance when the latter touches him. Ippo goes on the offensive with punches that draw blood even when blocked, he downs Antonio once, before the round ends. After Ippo declares a win to Kamogawa, the third round begins. Ippo steps into range as practiced, but trips over Antonio's foot in the process and is sent rolling on the ground, a slip is declared. After getting up, both fighters exchange hits, until Ippo is at his perfect in-fight range, Antonio does a slight hook that makes Ippo fall and roll over, with the referee declaring a down. Ippo gets up and angrily throws a flurry of punches toward Antonio as he blocks, third round ends.
Round four begins, Ippo manages to step in, but is caught by Antonio's foot, with the latter hitting Ippo with a right to the head, causing a down. The fight continues with Ippo on the offense, as Ippo dodges, he attempts to use the New Dempsey Roll, but touches the mat with his knee, a down is declared. The fight continues, Ippo and Antonio exchange punches with Antonio going down two times.
On Antonio's second down, Ippo gives a look to Kamogawa as if he wanted to say something. Ippo rushes Antonio to a corner, Ippo then weaves in ready with the New Dempsey Roll, with thoughts in his head knowing that his body changed and might not be able to go with Kamogawa anymore despite wanting to continue with him. In position with the New Dempsey Roll, Ippo throws a left uppercut that gets countered by Antonio's right. Ippo then hopelessly falls, ending the fight. Ippo sits up with Kamogawa at his side, telling him it's over now. Ippo bows to the crowd as he leaves the ring with a second straight lost.
Makunouchi Ippo's Retirement - Second StepEditAfter the match, Ippo walks home with Kamogawa while talking about his favorite parts of his boxing history. Days later, Kumi recommends a doctor to examine Ippo for punch drunk syndrome, he then goes to the doctor and tests reveal Ippo is healthy and could return to the ring after time off. Ippo goes to Kamogawa and Yagi to announce the test results, Kamogawa asks for Ippo's conclusion, the latter announces that he will retire because of the risk of being punch drunk if he continues and will instead help with his family business. With the announcement of his retiring, Ippo says his farewells to Aoki, Kimura, Itagaki and Takamura. Takamura asks of Ippo's treasure in his adventure, he replies that there are too many treasures that he can't hold them all.
Two months later, Shinoda visits Ippo's house and asks Ippo to become a second because of the numbers of seconds at the gym has fallen and Kamogawa is hospitalized, Ippo tells Shinoda to let him think about it. Later, while Ippo is fishing, he announces to Kumi he will return to the ring as a second to help the gym and because he didn't know he could be helpful again. The next day, as Ippo is now Kimura's second, he meets up with Aoki, Itagaki and Kimura to train Kimura. Back at his house, Ippo begins having second thoughts about retiring, missing boxing and wants to start boxing again. After days of training Kimura and nights of going to a shrine to pray, the night of Kimura's match arrives. Near Kourakuen Hall, Ippo is greeted by Takamura, he announces to the latter that he's a second, which angers Takamura. As Kimura's match is about to begin, Ippo goes to scout on Kimura's opponent, however, he see's Hayami getting ready for his match. Hayami states to Ippo he will create a legend. Ippo watches Hayami's match and is shocked when he loses. Kimura is up next, Ippo gets ready for his debut as a second, believing his chair-moving skills will be faster than the other seconds, he takes his wrist weights off, then announces "This isu is naisu!". Kimura's match begins, after the first round, Ippo's inexperience as a second shows, as he accidentally throws a chair into the crowd, then the next round, he places the chair sideways. However, Ippo gives Kimura the advice he needed, resulting in Kimura and Ippo winning the match.
|26||LOSS||23-3-0||Antonio Guevarra||KO||4(10), 2:45||1999-01||Tokyo, Japan||"10 Months In The Making"
the Wind Gods Failed Revival
|25||LOSS||23-2-0||Alfredo Gonzales||TKO||7(10), 1:17||1998-03-21||Tokyo, Japan||
"Go To The World!" WBA Featherweight Title Eliminator
|24||WIN||23-1-0||Kojima Hisato||TKO||1(10), 2:07||1997-10||Tokyo, Japan||
"Operation World Domination II" Semi-Final JBC Featherweight Title Defense #8, Retained JBC Featherweight Title, Relinquishes Title
|23||WIN||22-1-0||Wally||TKO||8(10), 1:35||1997-07||Tokyo, Japan||"In The Jungle", "Survival Match of Asian Champions"|
|22||WIN||21-1-0||Malcolm Gedo||TKO||8(10), 2:37||1997-02-15||Tokyo, Japan||"Winner Takes All", "Survival Match of Asian Champions"|
|21||WIN||20-1-0||Jimmy Sisphar||KO||4(10), 2:30||1996-08-01||Tokyo, Japan||"The Scratch", "Survival Match of Asian Champions"|
|20||WIN||19-1-0||Take Keiichi||KO||6(10), 1:00||1996-01-25||Tokyo, Japan||"The Challenge for the 7th Defense", Retained JBC Featherweight Title|
|19||WIN||18-1-0||Karasawa Takuzou||TKO||2(10), 2:15||1995-10-03||Tokyo, Japan||"The Challenge for the 6th Defense", Retained JBC Featherweight Title|
|18||WIN||17-1-0||Sawamura Ryuuhei||TKO||7(10), 1:15||1995-06-15||Tokyo, Japan||"Dragon Slayer" 5th Title Defense, Retained JBC Featherweight Title|
|17||WIN||16-1-0||Shimabukuro Iwao||KO||7(10), 2:15||1995-03-21||Tokyo, Japan||"Submarine Wars" 4th Title Defense, Retained JBC Featherweight Title|
|16||WIN||15-1-0||Yi Yonsu||TKO||1(10), 0:32||1994-12-20||Tokyo, Japan||"Battle of Hawk" Semi-Final Match, 3rd Title Defense, Retained JBC Featherweight Title|
|15||WIN||14-1-0||Yamada Naomichi||KO||2(10), 2:42||1994-08-20||Tokyo, Japan||"Proof of Power" 2nd Title Defense, Retained JBC Featherweight Title|
|14||WIN||13-1-0||Sanada Kazuki||TKO||5(10), 2:33||1994-04||Tokyo, Japan||"First Step" 1st Title Defense, Retained JBC Featherweight Title|
|13||WIN||12-1-0||Sendou Takeshi||KO||7(10), 1:34||1993-11-20||Tokyo, Japan||"Lallapallooza" JBC Featherweight Title Match, Attained JBC Featherweight Title|
|12||WIN||11-1-0||Ponchai Chuwatana||TKO||2(10), 2:00||1993-07-11||Tokyo, Japan||"The Road Back", Comeback Match|
|11||LOSS||10-1-0||Date Eiji||TKO||5(10), 2:32||1993-02||Tokyo, Japan||JBC Featherweight Title Match|
|10||WIN||10-0-0||Alexander Volg Zangief||KO||5(8), 1:21||1992-10||Tokyo, Japan||"The Lone Wolf" Class-A Tournament Finals, Rose to Rank #1 Contender|
|9||WIN||9-0-0||Saeki Takuma||KO||4(6), 2:12||1992-07||Tokyo, Japan||"Speed Star" Class-A Tournament Round 1|
|8||WIN||8-0-0||Okita Keigo||KO||1(10), 2:58||1992-06||Tokyo, Japan||Rose to JBC Featherweight Contender Rank #5|
|7||WIN||7-0-0||Sendou Takeshi||RTD/TKO||3(6), 3:00||1992-02||Osaka, Japan||All-Japan Rookie King Tournament, Became JBC Featherweight Contender Rank #10|
|6||WIN||6-0-0||Mashiba Ryou||KO||3(6), 2:13||1991-12-24||Tokyo, Japan||East Japan Rookie King Tournament Finals, Became Rookie King Champion of the East|
|5||WIN||5-0-0||Hayami Ryuuichi||TKO||1(4), 2:59||1991-11||Tokyo, Japan||East Japan Rookie King Tournament Semi-Finals|
|4||WIN||4-0-0||Kobashi Kenta||KO||4(4), 2:58||1991-08||Tokyo, Japan||East Japan Rookie King Tournament Quarter-Finals|
|3||WIN||3-0-0||Jason Ozuma||TKO||2(4), 2:52||1991-06||Tokyo, Japan||
East Japan Rookie King Tournament Round 1
|2||WIN||2-0-0||Fujiwara Yoshio||KO||1(4), 2:50||1991-02||Tokyo, Japan||Tournament After Pro Debut|
|1||WIN||1-0-0||Oda Yusuke||TKO||3(4), 2:35||1991-01-03||Tokyo, Japan||Pro Debut|
This list does not include the numerous spars Ippo has had with his fellow gymmates.
- VS Miyata Ichirou 3R KO Loss (Match Simulation)
- VS Miyata Ichirou 4R KO Win (Match Simulation)
- VS Ogawa Naoya 1R TKO Win (Pro Test)
- VS Omori 1R Loss (Sparring)
- VS Date Eiji 3R KO Loss (Sparring)
- VS Naomichi Yamada 1R TKO WIN (Farewell Party)
- VS Shigeta Akira 3R Decision Loss (Sparring)
- VS Ricardo Martinez 1R Loss (Sparring)
- VS Itagaki Manabu 3R KO Win (Sparring)
- VS Imai Kyousuke 3R (Sparring)
- VS Volg Zangief 3R TKO Loss (Sparring)
- VS Imai Kyousuke 2R (Sparring)
- VS Fukui 3R KO Win (Match Simulation)
- VS Mashiba Ryou 3R Loss (Sparring)
- VS Sendou Takeshi ?R KO Loss (Sparring)
- VS Nagumo Ryuji 1R Loss (Sparring)
- VS Oda Yusuke: First Pro fight
- VS Fujiwara Yoshio: First 1 round KO
- VS Mashiba Ryou: East Japan Rookie King Finals
- VS Takeshi Sendou: All Japan Rookie King and First fight outside of Tokyo
- VS Okita Keigo: Fight against former East Japan Rookie King
- VS Alexander Volg Zangief: Fight against former Amateur World Champion and Class A Championship
- VS Date Eiji: First Title Match and first loss
- VS Ponchai Chuwatana: Comeback match and first Dempsey Roll utilisation
- VS Takeshi Sendou: Fight for Japanese Title
- VS Sanada Kazuki: Fight against former Jr Featherweight Champion and first fight as Champion
- VS Yi Yonsu: Featherweight Title record KO time
- VS Shimabukuro Iwao: Fight for title of Japan's Strongest Infighter
- VS Sawamura Ryuuhei: First fight with a counter specialist
- VS Karasawa Takuzou: First fight with no injuries
- VS Wally: First victory with the second throwing in the towel
- VS Kojima Hisato: First KO victory won by a single blow
- VS Alfredo Gonzales: First match as a world contender and second loss
- VS Antonio Guevarra: Comeback Match after loss against Alfredo and third loss
|Preceded by||Title||Succeeded by|
|Sendou Takeshi||JBC Featherweight Champion|
November 20, 1993-1997
|Okita Keigo||All Japan Featherweight Rookie King||Shigeta Akira|
|Okita Keigo||East Japan Featherweight Rookie King||Shigeta Akira|
Ippo is relatively short, even by Japanese standards. He has black, shaggy hair, and his body, while being in the featherweight division, is stressed as extremely muscular. In terms of skin tone, Ippo is tanned. His eye color dark brown in the manga, a mix of green and yellow in the anime. It should be noted that Ippo has a larger than average penis, a quality apparently not uncommon amongst featherweights as Sendou has one as well, according to Takamura.
As a child, Ippo was a very shy, kind and obedient boy. He was also very strong willed and stubborn. He is usually a kind and reserved person who dislikes fighting, and because of that he had been bullied since grade school. During grade school, he would come home holding back his tears and try to convince his mother that everything was alright.
Despite his strength and courage, Ippo still behaves rather meek out of the ring and often humbles himself around his rivals. For example, even though he has defeated both Mashiba Ryou and Sendou Takeshi, he fears Mashiba and tries to avoid discussing a second rematch with Sendou whenever he is around. He also continued to be intimidated by Umezawa Masahiko, his former bully, long after he began boxing. He has a great deal of respect for his gymmate Takamura Mamoru and former Japanese Featherweight Champion Date Eiji and he was completely shocked when World Featherweight Champion Ricardo Martinez requested a spar with him.
His dream is to one day face Miyata Ichirou in the pro ring, and the two of them view each other as eternal rivals. Despite these feelings towards each other, they appear to also view each other as friends and Ippo even refers to Miyata as "Miyata-kun". Because Ippo tends to know a lot about Miyata, people tend to call him a Miyata Otaku, while his gym mates jokingly imply that he must be "gay for Miyata". At the same time, Ippo aims to become equal to Takamura in terms of strength.
Kamogawa Genji puts him through strict training and the two of them have a strong teacher-student bond. Ippo trusts Kamogawa and has faith in his teachings, while Kamogawa believes that Ippo may be the one who will eventually realise his World Championship dream. Takamura has said that Kamogawa seem more like Ippo's father than his coach, and because Ippo's father died when he was young he begins to view Kamogawa in that way. When Ippo decided to be a second, he wanted to raise boxers alongside Kamogawa, as he believed he left a bad taste in his mouth when he retired.
Ippo can also be fixated on a certain thing, specifically the Diagonal Dempsey Roll, being so single-minded that he gets overheated, frustrated and loses his boxing style.
Ippo is quite friendly, and many of his rivals have become friends of his, most notably are Miyata, Sendou, Date, Sanada Kazuki, Volg, and Kobashi Kenta, whom all still keep in touch with him from time to time. He is well liked by his gymmates, especially Takamura, Aoki Masaru, and Kimura Tatsuya. Even though he still has the personality of a young boy, he still manages to serve as a good senpai for his kouhai Itagaki Manabu.
When it comes to love, Ippo is definitely a late bloomer, he is naive, pure-hearted, and awkward. He is in love with Mashiba Kumi whom he dates frequently, and she feels the same for him, but because of the silent pressure of Kumi's older brother Ryou, the "attacks" of reporter Iimura Mari and Itagaki Nanako, and the meddling of Takamura and the others, their relationship has yet to progress much. The one time Ippo confessed to her, Kumi had fallen asleep after drinking too much alcohol, and unfortunately she didn't hear it.
Because of his personality, Ippo is seldom seen as being angry before a fight, even if his opponent insults him or his boxing skills. However, it has been shown on rare occasions that he is capable of displaying anger whenever an opponent says or hurts someone close to him, or does something to look down on the sport of boxing, which he loves. Such occasions have been when he saw Sawamura intentionally commit fouls in his previous matches, despite having the upperhand, and then later on when he struck Kumi with a sharp jab, cutting her face. Another occasion when his opponent, Kojima, insulted his previous opponents, both in person and publicly in a magazine, and also insulting Kamogawa's teaching methods as they were fault. This resulted in Ippo displaying a new attitude, even going so far as to calmly state to Takamura, when asked if he would have any problems, that "this won't take long", referring to the match. Ippo's anger side also shows when he sees someone getting bullied, confronting the bullies.
Ippo's boxing style is said to be modeled after Mike Tyson and Hamada Tsuyoshi. He is a natural In Fighter, a great hard puncher with an impressive KO rate of 100%. His punching power, durability, and fighting spirit are considered to be his greatest attributes; each is unparalleled in Japan. His punching power in particular is said to be among the world's best, with the implication that Ippo's punches are comparable to World Champion Ricardo Martinez. His style has had vast improvements throughout the series, and now consist of sways, liver blows, and a Sunday Punch: the Dempsey Roll. His strong flurry of blows have earned him the title Wind God (while Miyata has the title Lightning God due to his fast blows and incredible reflexes and movement speeds). He is the number one In-Fighter in Japan.
One of the main reasons for Ippo's success as a boxer is his willingness to train. To his surprise Ippo had already developed a physical base that would help him in boxing--and particularly in his own fighting style. Years of helping his mother carrying the fishing coolers to and from the boat helped develop his muscles and also constantly moving around on the fishing boat helped him develop a good lower body as well as good balance. To train for his fight with Jason Ozuma, he ran full speed at bars at the park in order to speed up his ducking so as to avoid Ozuma's powerful hooks. Before the rest of the Rookie King Tournament, he embarks on his first training camp with the Kamogawa gym, the camp was held at the beach and it improved Ippo's lower body strength and endurance due to all the running on the sand. To prepare for the Volg Zangief fight, Kamogawa had Ippo build up his lower body with many hill runs and squats in order to build the strength needed to throw the Gazelle Punch. In Ippo's return fight after the loss to Date, he trained his lower body even more with harsh sprints, he also decided to improve his bobbing and weaving and unknowingly used a not so polished version of the Dempsey roll. To prepare for his second fight with Sendou, he had a training camp in the mountains. There, Nekota introduced Ippo to the method of chopping wood to help back strength, and further utilized running in the mountains to add more leg strength. Ippo's sheer physicality coupled with his indomitable fighting spirit, enables him to endure tremendous physical damage and continue fighting.
Ultimately, even though Ippo doesn't have the natural instincts of boxers like Sendou and Takamura, he has, as Kamogawa puts it, "developed something just as good: experience".
- Peek-a-Boo Style - Ippo's most commonly used boxing stance. After the match with Oda, Kamogawa noticed Ippo's weak defense and taught him the Peek-A-Boo. Ippo continues to use this style as it allows for a strong defense while allowing him to attack without giving up any power.
- One-step Straight Punch - Ippo's First Punching technique taught by Takamura.
- Weaving - In order to prepare to avoid Mashiba's flicker jabs, Ippo worked on his lower body by running and sprinting. This allowed Ippo to bob and weave his head around, making it difficult for the opponent to make a clean hit.
- Turtle Strategy - In Ippo's first spar (against Miyata) while he didn't know any techniques, Takamura taught him the Turtle strategy (or "Operation Turtle"). After the spar against him, Ippo used it just once more during his sixth title defense.
- Counter - Even though Ippo is not a counter-user he has trained to use ones such as using a uppercut counter against Jason Ozuma's hook and using a cross hook to counter Hayami Ryuuichi's uppercut.
- Liver Blow - A body blow aimed directly under the right side of the ribs. Ippo uses it constantly since it is very effective against Out-boxers. It was first used against Mashiba Ryou.
- One Centimeter Punch- "Motionless Short Uppercut" Ippo, during his second spar with Miyata threw an uppercut directly upward instead of with a curve, due to Miyata's reflexes, the punch only hit the tip of his chin and ended up doing more damage than if the blow wasn't dodged. This "Uppercut" was revived by Ippo against Sendou in the All-Japan Rookie Finals as a different type of Smash (which it was originally). Ippo used it to counter Sendou's own smash successfully. It is noted that despite the technique being faster, it sacrificed some power to attain that speed.
- Clinch Pivot Blow - No official name given, this blow is one Ippo can throw when being clinched by an opponent. It utilizes rotation from pivoting his leg during a clinch to generate enough force to effectively throw a punch of similar strength to that of his Liver Blow. He first used this against Date Eiji.
- Gazelle Punch - A punch where Ippo springs downwards and then launches himself forward using the momentum of that motion into an uppercut. It was first used on Volg Zangief.
- Dempsey Roll - Ippo's Sunday Punch. After Ippo recovered from his match against Date, he had a comeback match with the 3rd ranked seed in Thailand. The nervous Ippo trained on dodging and punching, and while doing so thought up a way to punch and dodge in the same time. When the opponent was trapped by the ropes, Ippo started a combination of dodging and punching in a form of the figure eight, a combination that was completely identical to the Dempsey roll, a technique that the world heavyweight champion of 1920, Jack Dempsey had used. Ippo relies on this technique quite a bit, although it has many weaknesses. The Dempsey Roll itself is a technique that relies on moving in the shape of a figure eight while attacking the opponent with hooks (later Ippo discovers a way to use uppercuts as well), thus allowing the user to attack from a blind side, and then switch to the other using the centrifugal force built up. As the speed increases with the number of rotations the user's power increases along with it.
- Sakki - Before the match against Sendou (the second), Ippo learned about the sakki feint. He managed to use this to his advantage when using the Ultimate Dempsey Roll Combo. It's important to note however as stated by both Kamogawa and Takamura, Ippo doesn't specifically use Sakki but instead uses his own version of it; Courage.
- New Dempsey Roll - Before his fight with Sawamura Ryuuhei Ippo realizes the flaws of the Dempsey roll and comes up with this solution: to include a series of start/stop motions which make the pattern of the technique unpredictable to counter punchers. Ippo seals the move after the match due to the inherent risk it carries- with a dangerous strain on his body, it can cut short his boxing career.
- Shoulder Block - A simple technique used to dampen punches by using the shoulder to guard the chin and arm to guard the liver. Since Ippo's a pure in-fighter he had to face Jimmy Sisphar jolt blow without retreating; to lessen the damage, Ippo blocked the blow with his shoulder.
- Cross Arm Block- In the match against Sanada, Ippo used this to protect himself from the Tsubame Gaeshi. He had also used it against other opponents such as Shimabukuro, Sawamura and Wally and many others. He used this technique after remembering his fight with Kobashi Kenta.
- Heart Break Shot (first used in fight with Gedo) - A technique learned from Date, Ippo does not have much control over it. Against Gedo, Ippo had a problem of getting close to him. When he got close he didn't know where to punch, so in spontaneous way he just decided to punch the heart. He evolved it into his own by using it as a kind of feint and using raw power to achieve the blow instead of a corkscrew blow.
- Tornado Jolt - Ippo learned the Tornado Jolt in the match against Jimmy. When Ippo faced Jimmy's jolt blows he understood that he will lose if he faced those punches with regular blows. So in order to create punches with the same effect, Ippo himself used the blow. It was after this match that Ippo's nickname, "Wind God", first arose.
- Southpaw Stance- During his debut match against Oda Yusuke, Ippo sustains a cut over his left eye that threatens to end the bout. Though initially awkward for him to use, he instinctively adopts this style in order to protect the cut, resulting in a KO win by way of overwhelming right jabs which had the power of straights. Ippo also appears to switch from a Brawling Stance to a southpaw stance before delivering the finishing blow to Kojima Hisato.
- Tekken- Miguel Zale stated that Ippo took after Kamogawa with the "Iron Fist" aka Tekken right before his boxer Wally was defeated. Although Ippo achieved this in an albeit safer way than Kamogawa, by using a hammer to knock the logs into the hill instead of his fists. Ippo managed to use this without breaking his fists or ending his career.
- Brawling Stance - For the first time in the series, Ippo becomes genuinely angry enough to want to brawl in the ring when his opponent, Kojima Hisato, insults all of Ippo's previous opponents. He adopts a stance very similar to Takamura's during the Bryan Hawk match; his guard is down, his stance is low and he gathers power in his fist to unleash a full-force punch. The result of this stance is that Ippo completely ignores defense--he is easily hit with a counter from Kojima--but becomes so offense-oriented that he not only resists a down, he retaliates with a punch that sends a man from two weight classes higher than him literally flying backward. Ippo's potential with this stance is yet unknown, but there is evidence that his notorious "fighting spirit" is fully activated in this stance. There is little evidence that he will be using it again any time soon.
- Diagonal Dempsey Roll/Free Form Dempsey Roll - This is considered (by Takamura Mamoru) to be the ultimate progression of the Dempsey Roll. The only variation to it from the New/Dempsey Roll is the addition of an extremely low sway which allows Ippo to throw uppercuts. In this "free form" Dempsey Roll, Ippo can perform hooks, uppercuts, and potentially overhands (if he reverses the motion of the sway) while weaving his head at full speed in unpredictable directions. In the words of Takamura: "It would become an unlimited, free form, high-speed combination... You wouldn't be able to aim a counter against it." Numerous characters, including Kamogawa and Takamura, have stated that this move pushes the limits of the lower human body and would quickly shorten Ippo's boxing career if he performed it repeatedly. He has only used it during the Jimmy Sisphar match. However, following Ippo's eighth title defense, Kamogawa hinted at Yagi that he was preparing Ippo's lower body to handle repeated uses of the move. The Diagonal Dempsey Roll proved to be effective against Antonio Guevarra.
- Headslip - A technique used to avoid punches aimed for the head by swaying it to either the left or right of the oncoming blow. It has been used by several boxers in the series and was showcased as a way to neutralize "head-hunters". Ippo used this technique in his match with Alfredo Gonzales with an peek-a-boo style, relying on his body to dodge the punches.
Ippo is notoriously simple-minded. In nearly all of his matches, difficulties arose when his opponent did something he had not prepared for, such as Malcolm Gedo's Magic Punch and Woli's Corner Work. In fact, he lost the championship match with Date Eiji entirely because he failed to grasp how the champ was negating the power behind his punches. Interestingly, the few times Ippo did something his opponents didn't expect, he won the match (such as his southpaw stance in his first fight, or his brawling stance in his match with Kojima). Another weakness of Ippo's is the fact that he is mildly predictable. As explained by OPBF champion Miyata, Ippo always steps forward and attacks head on, a trait that a cautious boxer could easily take advantage of.
Because of his height, Ippo is at a perpetual disadvantage outside of close-range. He has no options but to move forward in every one of his fights. His short reach is arguably the main reason he lost to Alfredo Gonzales.
It is stated by Kamogawa that his signature move Dempsey Roll was not only a strength, but also a weakness. The Dempsey Roll is weak against counters.
It should be noted since his defeat against Gonzales, Ippo has begun to show symptoms attributed towards Punch-Drunk syndrome, as presented after his fight where he was unable to draw in a straight line, with his hands shaking uncontrollably. However, after he was forced to take a month off from the gym he later returned without any symptoms. Kamogawa and his gymmates still caution that his fighting style involves taking too many hits; to deal with this, he has developed a more evasive version of the Dempsey Roll.
Another weakness is his inexperience with southpaws, as seen when he fought Antonio. As the southpaws leg and hand are in reverse, Ippo had trouble seeing how far away Antonio was and kept tripping over his leg.
- "What does it mean to be strong?" - Signature quote
- "How can he still retaliate? ...Is he invulnerable?" - Jason Ozuma, while fighting Ippo in Episode 15
- "M-my legs are completely swollen. But I'll press on. I'm going to overcome my weakness!" - Episode 17, while training at the Training Camp
- "The reason we train so hard in the first place is so we can make it home in one piece." - Round 1011, to Kumi while over at her and Mashiba Ryou's place
- "This isu is naisu!" - Chapter 1221
- His given name Ippo means "one step", creating a pun in the series' title (as Hajime means "first", therefore "The First Step").
- The fights Ippo will never forget are, his fight against Date, Gonzales, and Antonio.
- Ippo is a terrible driver, though he can steer a boat just fine. He's also awful at baseball and editing manga, and has never been shown catching a fish, though he has been shown fishing numerous times.
- In Chapter 1158, it's revealed that Ippo is an expert at bowling. The Kamogawa crew believe this is because "bowling" and "boxing" are just a few letters apart.
- In a real-life simulated fight between Ippo and Joe from Ashita no Joe, Ippo won in the fifth round by knockout. He was knocked down several times during the fight and had trouble keeping up with Joe's speed, but, in true Ippo fashion, he got back up each time and kept trying, until he finally scored his signature liver blow.
- Ippo's boxing style is said to be modeled after Mike Tyson and Hamada Tsuyoshi. His Dempsey Roll is named after the technique used by World Champion Jack Dempsey (ca. 1920s).
- Though he is a 126 lb. featherweight, Ippo once knocked out someone from two weight classes higher than him with a single punch (making him flip backward through the air, no less), and can give Takamura, then a middleweight, trouble in an arm wrestling match.
- As of volume 99, Ippo can catch an estimated 23 leaves with both hands, with at least 11 being caught with his left. He can also carry 8 boxes full of fish.
- He hadn't received a single down since his fight with Sanada Kazuki, until his fight against Alfredo Gonzales. (A total of 10 matches in a row.)
- Ippo's favorite real life boxer is Mike Tyson.
- Boxing is the first and only sport Ippo has practiced.
- The first two opponents Ippo has lost to (Date Eiji, Alfredo Gonzales), have been defeated by Ricardo Martinez twice.
- They also have both already faced Ricardo Martinez in the past, and after Date's victory against Ippo, he once again faced Ricardo.