Takamura Mamoru (鷹村 守 lit. takamura mamoru) is a deuteragonist in Hajime no Ippo. His influence on the story rivals those of Coach Kamogawa's and Miyata Ichirou's; all three inspire Makunouchi Ippo to continue boxing.
He is a multi-weight class (currently middleweight) hybrid boxer affiliated with the Kamogawa Boxing Gym. He is the current unified WBC and WBA Middleweight champion and is the strongest known character in the series.
His surname is Takamura. In Japan, surnames are listed before given names.
|Japanese Name||鷹村 守|
|Nickname(s)|| "The Japanese Hawk"|
"Japan's KO King"
|Birth date||July 7, 1969|
|Family|| Takamura Suguru (older brother)|
Takamura Kyouka (older sister)
Takamura Wataru (little brother)
|Weight Class|| Middleweight|
|Height||185 cm (6'1")|
|Reach||187 cm (74")|
|Stance|| Orthodox Stance|
|Current Affiliation||Kamogawa Boxing Gym|
|Rank||C (WBC), C (WBA)|
|Wins by KO||24|
|Championships|| Eastern Japan Rookie King|
All Japan Rookie King
Japanese Middleweight Champion
WBC Junior Middleweight Champion
WBC Middleweight Champion
WBA Middleweight Champion
|Manga Debut||Round 1|
|Anime Debut||Round 1|
|Voice Actor|| Koyama Rikiya|
Yanada Kiyoyuki (Drama CD)
Takamura is revealed to be the estranged middle son of the famous Takamura Development company, supported by his older sister Kyoka and younger brother Wataru. His eldest brother, Suguru, a former rugby standoff (it is revealed that Suguru is a model of impressive physical and competitive standing, much like Mamoru), constantly belittles his vast boxing accomplishments and carries on the stigma that Takamura is simply a thug that thrives on beating up others. Before his title match with Bryan Hawk, Takamura meets with Suguru, where Suguru offers him a job at the family business when "he is done beating people up." It is later revealed during Mamoru's fight with Hawk that Suguru is very proud of his brother's triumphs and was simply offering him a job because he cares for Mamoru and wishes him to have a more reliable and less threatening future. Despite the Takamura family's impressive wealth, Mamoru lives off of his own earnings as a pro boxer.
Joining the Kamogawa GymEdit
As Coach Kamogawa is walking the streets of Tokyo one night, he witnesses a brutal beating being dealt to a number of delinquents by Mamoru Takamura. Kamogawa takes it as nothing but a senseless fight between delinquents until Takamura unknowingly executes a pro-class punch right in front of him. Takamura is then stopped by Kamogawa before proceeding with the fight as he did not want him to kill anybody. After being body checked by the coach, Takamura is then offered to box at the Kamogawa Boxing Gym. Takamura does not like the idea of fighting with rules, but decides to do it anyway proclaiming that "it can kill some time." Takamura is taken to the gym and he immediately begins working the bag, leaving Miyata Sr., Yagi, Shinoda, and Kamogawa in awe. He is then taken to run a course as guided by the coach. Takamura had only desired to hit people and bailed on the Kamogawa Gym after. Kamogawa, not sure if Takamura would show up of his own free will, shows up at his house for several days ready to train him. Along with roadwork and pulling his scooter, Kamogawa forbids Takamura from using his right and to only work the bag with his left, going so far as to tape his right to his body. Unfortunately, Kamogawa ends up getting sick from waiting on Takamura in the rain one day and does not show up the day after, much to Takamura's pleasure. He, however decides to train himself of his own free will after being forced to do it prior to Kamogawa's absence. After days and days of training, Takamura has his first match set up for him in three months time. Takamura has a hard time dealing with this as he is facing against a pro straight out of high school. However, once in the ring, Takamura realizes how the training has affected him and KOs his opponent in under a minute. It is then that Takamura declares to take Kamogawa to the world.
One day during road work, Takamura sees high school student Makunouchi Ippo getting beaten by Umezawa Masahiko and his friends. Takamura intervenes, driving the bullies away and reluctantly taking an unconscious Ippo to the gym. There he expresses his disliking for both bullies and those who simply let themselves be bullied. In order to make the frustrated Ippo feel better before leaving, he teaches him how to do a straight and encourages him to defend himself next time. Noticing his well-built body and incredible strength, Takamura gives Ippo a video showing a collection of Mike Tyson's knockouts, in an attempt to encourage him to practice boxing as a way of learning self-defense and relieve his stress.
After these events, Ippo asks Takamura to help him become a professional boxer instead of just simply a continuous student at the gym. Disturbed at the idea of someone taking boxing lightly, Takamura presents Ippo with a challenge; if he can catch ten falling leaves from a tree with his jabs within one week, Takamura will agree to help him.
After Ippo successfully passes the test, Takamura gives him a training menu to follow for a month before taking him to the gym. Upon introducing Ippo to the members, Takamura is scolded by Kamogawa, who thinks Ippo is no boxing material. They ultimately decide to let Ippo spar against boxing prodigy, Miyata Ichirou, in order to determine whether or not he has a future in the sport. Takamura serves as Ippo's second during the fight, advising him on different strategies and moves that get Ippo to the third round before being knocked out. Despite losing, they are able to gain the coach's approval and Ippo becomes a member of the gym.
Road to JBC titleEdit
As an All Japan Rookie King with an impeccable record and ranked fifth in his weight class by the JBC, Takamura had the opportunity to face Hirano Kazuhiko who was ranked third. Despite his harsh diet, Takamura was able to easily defeat the more experienced fighter, and immediately get ranked first in Japan.
Before his next match, Takamura helped Ippo with his training twice. The first time, leading up to the East Japan Rookie King Tournament by helping him learning how to dodge hooks, which proved to be useful as it was the technique he used to defeat Ozuma. And a second time after his own title match was decided, by going to the beach along with Aoki and Kimura where they trained their feet and improved their stamina.
When the day of his fight arrives, he wishes Ippo luck on the openers, and prepares himself for the match. Despite an organized cheering squad being there for the champion, Takamura has the support of most attendants. Motivated by his dream of achieving a world title, Takamura quickly rushes to his opponent as soon as the bell rings, but is received by a counter (thus touching the canvas for the first time in his career). At the count of eight he gets back up, and viciously knocks the champion out by shattering his jaw. After being crowned, he celebrates that night at Sugar Ray.
Defending the JBC titleEdit
After becoming the Japanese middleweight champion, Takamura successfully and easily defended the title four more times after the Kamogawa Gyms training vacation to the mountains where Nekota Ginpachi put them through his woodland training exercise that was much more difficult then anything the had experienced before, despite this Takamura easily completed it and at the end of the week went into woods claiming he'd come back with a bear for dinner, to which the everyone regarded as a joke. In reality however Takamura was serious and when he found it he was attacked by it and presided to be viciously beaten and lacerated by the Bear's monstrous claws and arm strength.despite his injures and inner doubt Takamura overcame both and the upper hand by counter-punching the Bear's head while it tried to attack him, eventually after one last fatal blow Takamura KO'd the bear and to his own disbelief let out a massive victory cry while standing triumphant over the Bears corpse. Takamura was surprised however to discover that the bear was still alive despite the shear bludgeoning it took from his fists. Angrered by it's stubbornness, Takamura prepared to kill it by stomping it's already fractured skull. However Takamura saw two young bear cubs staring innocently at their mother who Takamura realised he had beaten to near death. After seeing this he lets the bear alive but only out of respect for the mother and not simpathy for the Cubs. He returns to the lodge where he received a scolding by coach Kamogawa for being so reckless that he got himself injured and a mocking by his friends believing that he lied about his story and that he actually chickened out and ran away, but they stopped after he threatened them and called them jealous lairs as well as reminding them that ran away screaming from the same bear while doing roadwork, just days prior. However the rooms mood turned to joy Nekota brought out bear stew for everyone to eat. Takamura asked where he got it because that they didn't have any bear meat, to Nekota replied that he found a very injured bear surrounded by her two cubs in the woods. Takamura realizing this was the same bear that he fought gets extremely angry and upset and roars at him for killing the bear after he spared her, because he believed she deserved to live. Everyone looked his face, shocked at how serious it was and slowly realise he was telling the truth. Distraught by this truth Takamura breaks down crying while proclaiming that only he will eat the bear out respect, screaming in agony while he does. Ater this they say their goodbyes and go home the next morning. After they get back to the gym Takamura tells many reporters about how he defeated the bear. Later during his title defense against Itou Takaaki, Takamura asks Nekota to bring him the Bears skin and wear it during his ring entrance not for boasting but mainly out of respect for the bear being his greatest opponent at the time and to give it the glory it deserves. Everyone including his opponent and their coach get angry at him and say that he's lying, saying he just bought the skin and don't believe the story, much like Takamura's gym mates earlier on. The opinions change however when Takamura takes off the skin then reveal his three bear claw scars that he received during his battle with the bear, after seeing this everyone gasps in shock. The match starts and Takamura knocks his opponent out easily with repeated left jabs the face, intentionally referencing the quote "He who rules with his left, rules the world!" showing his dream to get the world titles.
Relinquishing title, aiming for the worldEdit
Mission to conquer different weight classes.Edit
Takamura is on a personal quest to conquer 6 different weight classes (Junior Middleweight through Heavyweight), and is doing pretty well moving up the ladder. So far he has become champion in 2 out of 6 weight classes:
1. WBC Junior Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
2. WBC and WBA Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
Only left is to conquer, the following:
3. Super Middleweight (168 lbs)
4. Light Heavyweight (175 lbs)
5. Cruiserweight (200 lbs)
6. Heavyweight (200+ lbs)
He is the current WBC and WBA World Middleweight Champion and former WBC Junior Middleweight Champion. He was also the JBC Middleweight Champion, but relinquished it after 4 title defenses. He lives alone at the Ohta Inn apartment complex, and his room is littered with junk, old food, pornography, and even his Belts. He still lives there even after becoming World Champion, preferring a simple life.
|WIN||24-0-0||Richard Bison||TKO||6(12)||1998 (?)||Tokyo, Japan||Middleweight Unification Match Retained WBC and won WBA Middleweight titles|
|WIN||23-0-0||Peter Rabbitson||KO||12(12), 1:27||1997-10-25||Tokyo, Japan||"Operation- World Domination II" Retained WBC Middleweight title|
|WIN||22-0-0||Ronald Duck||KO||10(12)||1997-04-15||Yokohama, Japan||"World Conquest Proclamation" Retained WBC Middleweight title|
|WIN||21-0-0||Rickey Mouse||KO||1(12)||1996-09-12||Tokyo, Japan||"Operation- World Domination" Retained WBC Middleweight title|
|WIN||20-0-0||Richard Fox||KO||1(12)||1996-03||Tokyo, Japan||Retained WBC Middleweight title|
|WIN||19-0-0||David Eagle||KO||8(12)||1995-08-27||Yokohama, Japan||"A Passing Point" Won WBC Middleweight title|
|WIN||18-0-0||Larry Bernard||TKO||1(12)||1995-04-28||Tokyo, Japan||"King of Hawk" Retained WBC Junior Middleweight title|
|WIN||17-0-0||Bryan Hawk||KO||8(12)||1994-12-20||Tokyo, Japan||"Battle of Hawk" Won WBC Junior Middleweight title|
|WIN||16-0-0||Morris West||KO||6(10)||1994-10-14||Tokyo, Japan||"Apocalypse Now"
Gets WBC ranking 1st
|WIN||15-0-0||Unknown||KO||3(10)||1994-04||Tokyo, Japan||WBC Junior Middleweight Eliminator Match|
|WIN||13-0-0||Itou Takaaki||KO||1(10)||1993-07||Tokyo, Japan||Retained JBC Middleweight title|
|WIN||12-0-0||Tamaoki Atsushi||KO||2(10)||1993-01||Tokyo, Japan||Retained JBC Middleweight title|
|WIN||11-0-0||Unknown||KO||7(10)||1992||Tokyo, Japan||Retained JBC Middleweight title|
|WIN||10-0-0||Bonchai Chuwatana||KO||3(10)||1992-04-20||Tokyo, Japan||Retained JBC Middleweight title|
|WIN||9-0-0||Yajima Yoshiaki||KO||1(10)||1991-10||Tokyo, Japan||Won JBC Middleweight Champion Title|
|WIN||8-0-0||Kazuhiko Hirano||KO||1(10)||1990-10||Tokyo, Japan|
|WIN||7-0-0||Unknown||KO||1(6)||1989-02||Tokyo, Japan||All Japan Rookie Tournament|
|WIN||6-0-0||Unknown||KO||1(4)||Unknown||Tokyo, Japan||East Japan Rookie King Tournament, Became Rookie King Champion of the East|
East Japan Rookie King Tournament Semi-Finals,
(Record KO times 0:15 secondes for 1 Round)
|WIN||4-0-0||Unknown||KO||1(4)||Unknown||Tokyo, Japan||East Japan Rookie King Tournament Quarter-Finals|
|WIN||3-0-0||Unknown||KO||1(4)||Unknown||Tokyo, Japan||East Japan Rookie King Tournament Semi-Quarter-Finals|
|WIN||1-0-0||Sakura Kiyoshi||KO||1(4), 1:06||1987-06||Tokyo, Japan||Pro-Debut Boxing Match|
|Preceded by||Title||Succeeded by|
|Richard Bison||WBA Middleweight Champion|
1998 - current
|David Eagle||WBC Middleweight Champion|
August 27, 1995 - current
|Bryan Hawk||WBC Junior Middleweight Champion|
December 20, 1994 - April 28, 1995
|Yajima Yoshiaki||JBC Middleweight Champion|
October, 1991 - July 1993
|Unknown||All Japan Middleweight Rookie King||Unknown|
|Unknown||East Japan Middleweight Rookie King||Unknown|
As of a stereotypical description of a japanese delinquent, Takamura dons a curly pompadour while wearing his school uniform in a more laid back style with a few of the top buttons loose. His eyebrows are considerably thick and he has a tough looking face. Even before joining the Kamogawa Gym, Takamura had a very refined physique and awesome strength. Along with the Kamogawa training regiment, his body is even more refined, having bulging biceps, bulging pecks, and a hardened 6-pack stomach.
Even with his already strict training regiment and natural fitness, Takamura struggles to meet the weight qualifications of the Junior Middleweight Class. In order to do so, he starves and dehydrates himself as add-ons to his training. His appearance drastically changes when this happens; when confronted by Bryan Hawk, Hawk goes so far as to call him a mummy. His stomach and ribs show through his skin, he gets chapped lips and wrinkles, and his skin begins to peel off.
While they are in a training camp with Nekota, he fought a bear and rendered it unconscious, the encounter resulted in the three scars visible on his chest during boxing matches.
|Nickname||Nihon no Taka||日本の鷹||The Japanese Hawk|
|Nickname||Kumagoroshi Takamura||熊殺し鷹村||Takamura the Bear Slayer|
Lord of Perverts
Lord of Perverts
|Wataru||Mamoru-niisan||守兄さん||Big Brother Mamoru|
Takamura is brash, sadistic and incredibly cocky. However, other dimensions of his personality have shone throughout the series, the culmination of which is a concerned, insightful, ambitious man.
He is one of the most well-studied characters in the series, having on numerous occasions identified strategies and traits of different boxers in tangent with — and sometimes even ahead of — Coach Kamogawa. He has never fallen into an opponent's trap. Despite this, Takamura does not invent his own tactics during matches, which further exemplifies both his straightforward nature and his boxing talent. Because of this, while he's usually brash and devil-may-care both in the ring and outside of it, he is surprisingly pessimistic and level-headed when watching other boxers' matches, usually anticipating the difficulties his partners are going to encounter.
When Nekota snuck up on him underwater as a joke while at the beach, he ran away in fear believing it to be a real ghost. He also had a very Umezu Kazuo-like face when Tomiko used tarot cards to accurately guess how many times he had masturbated after a fight. There was also an occurance where Takamura challenged Yagi to a fishing competition, resulting in a "No Takamura" sign to be put up next to a "No Yagi" sign. These are all indications of Takamura's deep belief in the supernatural and fear of the unknown.
Even during important matches he has a tendency to play around, such as by using Aoki's "Look Away" technique, labeling a regular uppercut the Beetle's Uppercut in a fight where he wore a beetle costume, and arguing with the spectators when they mock him. In spite of all of this, he is the one who got Ippo, Aoki, and Kimura into boxing, he is well respected at the Kamogawa Boxing Gym. Even though he constantly looks down on and ridicules their achievements, his unrivaled strength and rare moments of kindness have earned him respect from his fellow boxing juniors. He has also occasionally shown concern for Miyata Ichirou and seems to genuinely look forward to Ippo's rematch with him.
While Takamura says that most boxers are "small fries" and talks about them with patronizing contempt, Takamura seems to be genuinely fond/proud of Ippo. He teases him less than the others and in more than one ocassion has asserted that he and Ippo are on a different level than the rest of the boxers from the Kamogawa gym. Also, while he usually seems aloof and derisive of his coaches, it's shown (particularly during matches) that he thinks very highly of coach Kamogawa and his methods. Takamura seems to have unwavering trust on coach Kamogawa's teachings.
Takamura is the strongest known fighter in the Hajime no Ippo series. He possesses a genius-level boxing talent, to such an extent that Kamogawa Genji stated he was already stronger than the JBC Middleweight Champion when he was first found on the streets, and would've been capable of taking the World Title with or without the Coach's teachings. In his title matches, Takamura showcased incredible power, speed, and durability through the guidance of Kamogawa. Takamura has an extremely destructive fighting style, focusing on constant huge swings that could KO any fighter, if not even kill them.
Counters are ineffective against him because most of his swings must be either dodged or met in an exchange, an exchange nobody dares to risk.
This fighting style goes hand-in-hand with Takamura's aggressive personality, his ego and his unbeatable arrogance. His anger in fact has such an influence on driving him in each of his fights that one could say anger is the core of his fighting style.
He has been shown to be the perfect combination of technique and instinct, being able to match world champion Bryan Hawk using both. However, brawling is noted to be his natural and most powerful style.
As a veteran boxer, Takamura (unlike many other characters) knows that aiming for the opponent's weakness is not a "dirty move". He has done and expressed it in several occasions.
He has also shown that he has the ability to mimic any move he sees or experienced like Bison's Flicker Jabs, Flicker counter and Ippo's Tornado Jolt.
- Orthodox Style
- Brawling Style
- Bear Slayer Punch
- Look Away variation: Full-Body Look Away (Used once)
- Beetle's Uppercut
- Liver Blow
- Speed Hell
- Flicker Jabs
- Flicker counter
- Hitman Style
- Tornado Jolt
Takamura's one weakness is his arrogance and temper, as he is able to be easily provoked by many of his opponents, he also has in two occasions felt the compulsive need to finish his fights with 1-Hit KOs (Due to Miyata getting too much attention, and Ippo scoring a 1-Hit KO), which led to him almost losing against opponents a lot weaker than him.
Like Miyata, Takamura is constantly struggling with weight control, so he is prone to losing stamina slightly quicker due to fighting in weight-classes below his natural weight, which is approximately 195 pounds. Aside from that the only times Takamura has been in trouble is when an opponent reads his attacks, but he just keeps trying until he finds a way to connect.
In both his matches with Eagle and Bison, Takamura's right eye (or at least his field of vision on his right side) played a key role in his opponents gaining the upper hand. This suggests he may have a detached retina in his right eye, though this is not confirmed by the manga; Ippo confronted him about it at one point, but Takamura was able to convince him that he had no problems.
- "This is Makunouchi Ippo. He will be a member of this gym starting today." - Episode 2, introducing Ippo to the Kamogawa Boxing Gym.
- "I didn't have anything else to do. I just sorta started doing it... And then, when the applause came pouring down, it was the greatest feeling." - Episode 8, telling Ippo how and why he started boxing.
- "The Japanese Title is just a stepping stone for me. What I really want is to become World Champion." - Episode 17
- "That cocky little mug. I bet you never lost a fight before, have you...? But that's because...I've never been...TO AMERICA!!"- Takamura thinking about Bryan Hawk.
- "You're strong, but your luck was bad. Curse the fact you were born in the same era as me!"-Takamura thinking about Bryan Hawk
- Takamura is largely based to the first Japanese Middleweight World Champion of the 90s in a very long time by the name of Shinji Takehara, who was also into street fights in his early teens and met with his trainer almost the same way Takamura did with coach Kamogawa. Takehara made his debut on May 15, 1989 with a 4th round KO victory. He went on to win the Japanese Middleweight Title in 1991, defending it three times. Which is alot similar to the way Takamura did it just with a few different things. Winning a world middleweight title had been regarded as impossible for any Japanese boxer, since the division had featured some of the sports best champions, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Durán, Marvin Hagler, and Thomas Hearns. Though Takehara lost in his first defense, William Joppy remained a top middleweight contender for more than seven years after beating Takehara. Joppy remarked before his fight against Félix Trinidad that Takehara punched the hardest of any of the fighters he had faced. Takehara is now known more for his success after retiring from boxing, but his short career has left an important legacy on Japanese boxing. This might happe with Takamura later, he might lose and live up as a very great boxer to the japanese people.
- Takamura also largely shares alot similarities with boxer, Sugar Ray Robinson who is frequently cited as the greatest boxer of all-time, and other similarities can be with Roy Jones Jr.
- Worth noting is the fact that Takehara's loss against William Joppy stemmed mainly from retinal detachment, which is the biggest speculation about Takamura that the manga has yet to confirm.
- It's been brought up many times by Itagaki that it seems that Takamura is rushing to get his six weight classes.
- Takamura has been in attendance for all of Ippo's matches.
- He also played Ippo's second during Ippo's very first spar at the gym, and refereed Ippo's second spar against Miyata.
- Aside from KOing a bear, Takamura has also defeated a troupe of wild monkeys and lifted a small truck without breaking a sweat.
- If you look at Takamura's matches, many of his opponents' names have something to do with animals; most likely in contrast with his name, which means "Hawk".
- If you look even more closely, his opponent's names also are an pun to famous cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Peter Rabbit, etc.
- Because Takamura's name means "Hawk" in Japanese, his match against Bryan Hawk contained the self-generated pun Hawk vs Hawk, hence the official title being "The Battle of Hawk".
- Takamura's Japanese voice actor also voices Captain Yamato in Naruto: Shippuden and Stark from Bleach. Full list of roles here.
- Takamura has no prominent love interests in the series, but on one occasion Ippo visited his house and overheard numerous women berating him on his answering machine about previous dates and engagements.
- In chapter 944 in the manga, Takamura singlehandedly took down Date, Sendou, Mashiba, Saeki and Okita in the bar right after the match with Peter Rabbitson.
- Takamura is technically responsible for inspiring every professional boxer in the Kamogawa Boxing Gym (except Miyata) to join. Revenge against Takamura was the reason for which Aoki Masaru and Kimura Tatsuya joined the gym. He was also the person who brought Ippo (who was the reason for Itagaki Manabu joining) to the gym.
- It is revealed by Ippo that Takamura has smelly feet.
- It is stated by the commentator that Takamura had his first down in his first title match.
- He normally does his roadwork around 6 a.m. 
- Coincidentally enough, Koyama Rikiya, Takamura's Japanese voice actor also voices another character in the Japanese video game "Yakuza 5" published by Sega, in which, his character also KO'ed a giant bear 5x times larger than him using nothing but his bare hands. 
- ↑ Ch.1073, p.9