Opening Hit
Chapter Info
Volume: 34
Chapter: 301
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Total Pages: 14
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Opening Hit is the 301st chapter of Morikawa Jouji's manga series Hajime no Ippo.


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


Following Kamogawa's advice, Ippo knows he must avoid Sanada's first hit at all costs. As soon as the bell rings, they go to the center of the ring, with Ippo seeing Sanada's left and dodging it. However, he is caught by what was actually a right. Kamogawa points out at the difference of experience. Judging the time he has before Ippo recovers, Sanada launches several attacks that Ippo can do nothing against other than blocking. Ippo throws a right, but Sanada expertly dodges. Ippo begins to accumulate courage in order to move forward once they are in the center of the ring again, and begins his iconic swaying. Intending to get within range to hurt Sanada, Ippo closes in, but is caught by the hien, which he completely forgot about.

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