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Mamoru Takamura (鷹村守, lit. Takamura Mamoru) is the deuteragonist in Hajime no Ippo.

He is a Multi-Weight Class Professional Boxer affiliated with the Kamogawa Boxing Gym. He is the current unified WBC and WBA Middleweight Champion in the series. Takamura has a personal quest to conquer all the next 6 weight classes, from Junior Middleweight to Heavyweight.

His surname is Takamura. In Japan, surnames are listed before given names.


Background

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Takamura injuring rugby fans after they insulted his brother.

Takamura was the estranged middle son of the famous Takamura Enterprises, supported by his older sister Takamura Kyouka and younger brother Takamura Wataru. His eldest brother, Takamura Suguru, a former rugby standoff, constantly belittled his vast boxing accomplishments and carried on the stigma that Takamura is simply a thug that thrives on beating up others. One time during Suguru's rugby game, his team was crushed and fans were insulting him, that was when Takamura injured about 20 of the fans, making Suguru's team penalised with a year suspension. Despite his family's impressive wealth, Takamura lived off of his own earnings as a pro boxer.

As Kamogawa Genji was walking the streets of Tokyo one night, he witnessed a brutal beating being dealt to a number of delinquents by Takamura. Kamogawa took it as nothing but a senseless fight between delinquents until Takamura unknowingly executed 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 did not like the idea of fighting with rules, but decided to do it anyway proclaiming that "it can kill some time."

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Takamura's First Victory

In the anime, Takamura is taken to the gym and immediately began working the bag, leaving Miyata's father, Yagi Haruhiko, Shinoda Tomoyuki, and Kamogawa in awe. He is then taken to run a course as guided by Kamogawa. Takamura had only desired to hit people and bailed on the Kamogawa Gym shortly after. Kamogawa, not sure if Takamura would show up of his own free will, showed up at his house for several days ready to train him. Along with roadwork and pulling his scooter, Kamogawa forbade Takamura from using his right fist and to only work the bag with his left fist, going so far as to tape his right fist to his body. Unfortunately, Kamogawa ended 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 decided 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 had his first match set up for him in three months time. Takamura had a hard time dealing with this as he faced against a pro straight out of high school. However, once in the ring, Takamura realised how the training has affected him and KOs his opponent in under a minute. It is then that Takamura declared to take Kamogawa to the world.

Part I

Early Days Arc

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Takamura showing Ippo the leaf catching test.

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 expressed 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 gave 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-defence and relieve his stress.

After these events, Ippo asked 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.

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Takamura as a referee.

After Ippo successfully passed the test, Takamura gives him a training menu to follow for a month before taking him to the gym. After introducing Ippo to the gym, Takamura is scolded by Kamogawa Genji, who thinks Ippo is not boxing material. They ultimately decide to let Ippo spar against boxing prodigy, Miyata Ichirō, in order to determine whether or not he has a future in the sport. Takamura served as Ippo's second during the fight, advising him on different strategies and moves that got Ippo to the third round before being knocked out. Despite losing, they were able to gain the Kamogawa's approval and Ippo becomes a member of the gym. Takamura then served as the referee for Ippo and Miyata's second spar.

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Takamura vs Hirano Kazuhiko

Due to Ippo losing his drive with Miyata being gone, Kamogawa has him train with Takamura for one week. During the week, Takamura took Ippo to his house, explaining how he got invited to the gym and started boxing. The day before Takamura's match, he tells Ippo, who hasn't seen a match in real-time, that he will show him a pro's match. Takamura's JBC Middleweight class match against third rank Hirano Kazuhiko commences, and despite the harsh diet and training, Takamura wins the match with a knockout, getting ranked first in Japan.

One month later, Takamura watches as Ippo and Mashiba Ryō wins their pro test and becomes surprised seeing Mashiba's abilities. Takamura shows Ippo a tape of Mashiba's pro debut as he explains the Flicker Jab. When Oda Yūsuke is announced as Ippo's first opponent, Takamura and the others go to the Chuuka Soba as Aoki serves them ramen. Aoki does fortune telling with cards and pulls out a good card. Takamura later tells Ippo that Aoki's fortune telling always has the opposite effect. Takamura watches Ippo's fight with Oda Yūsuke, then celebrates Ippo's pro debut win.

Rookie King Tournament: First Rounder Arc

Takamura, along with the others, celebrates Ippo's first year in the gym at the Chuuka Soba. When Aoki tells how his Rookie King Tournament went, Takamura points out that Aoki's opponent that beat him in the first match wasn't good. When Jason Ozuma is announced as Ippo's first opponent in the East Japan Rookie King Tournament, Takamura and the others believe it to not be his real name until his profile is shown to be American. After learning that Ozuma is an African American, he has Aoki paint himself black in order to help Ippo. After hearing about Ozuma's powerful hook, Kamogawa asks Takamura to help Ippo with dodging hooks. He accepts the request and began throwing hooks for Ippo to dodge until he successfully dodges them. Takamura then watches Ippo's match against Ozuma.

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Takamura watching the fireworks the night of the training camp.

Takamura and Ippo watches Miyata's fight against Takada Teruhiko, after Miyata wins, Takamura notes Miyata's growth. Takamura, along with the rest of the Kamogawa group, goes to the training camp at the beach. There, everyone trained by running in the sand, sparring, and shadow boxing. When Takamura noticed Ippo's weak point, Takamura shows his bare foot to Ippo to show him his blister. He explained that Ippo needs to work on his feet to boost his speed performance. On the final night at the training camp, Takamura stated that the Japanese title is just a stepping stone and that his final goal is the world champion title.

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Takamura wearing the belt after beating the Japanese Middleweight champion.

Takamura's match with the Japanese middleweight champion commenced. 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 and returning with the JBC belt to Kamogawa, Takamura quickly rushed 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. With the help of hearing Ippo, Aoki, and Kimura called his name, he got up at the count of eight, and viciously knocks the champion out by shattering his jaw. After being crowned, he celebrated his and Ippo's win that night at the Sugar Ray. Takamura walked with Ippo to his house, before Ippo leaves, he was about to give his thanks to him for cheering, instead he encouraged Ippo to get the rookie king title.

Rookie King Tournament: Finals Arc

After watching Miyata's lost against Mashiba, Takamura noted that now Ippo's goal is lost. After Ippo heard that Mashiba is Kumi's brother he told Takamura, who then told Aoki and Kimura, the trio then teased Ippo about it. Takamura demonstrates the difference between Ippo's and Mashiba's arm reach.

All Japan Rookie King Tournament: Rocky of Naniwa Arc

Takamura met Sendo Takeshi, who visited the Kamogawa gym, in the shower when Takamura mistook him for Aoki. Kamogawa left the gym to look for boxers in Thai for Takamura, which fired up Takamura into wanting to spar. Takamura then sparred with Sendou, who made Takamura angry when he purposely hit him with an elbow. Sendou then used the Smash, surprising Takamura, who immediately knocked Sendou out with one punch, ending the spar. Before Ippo fights Sendou with an injured fist, Takamura told him the time he fought with an injured fist in his fourth match. Takamura celebrated with Ippo after he won his match against Sendou, during the celebration, Takamura and Kamogawa fought, which ended in Kamogawa getting knocked out and everyone leaving.

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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 realized he had beaten to near death. After seeing this he lets the bear alive but only out of respect for the mother and not sympathy for the Cubs. He returns to the lodge where he received a scolding by 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 liars 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 realize 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.

After 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.

Two Rookie Kings Arc

Takamura makes an appearance in this arc.

Class A Tournament: The Speed Star Arc

Takamura makes an appearance in this arc.

Class A Tournament: The Red Wolf Arc

Takamura makes an appearance in this arc.

Heartbroken Arc

Takamura makes an appearance in this arc.

Execution Arc

Takamura makes an appearance in this arc.

Revenge Arc

Takamura makes an appearance in this arc.

Battle of Hawk Arc

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, since he comes from a wealthy family.

Part II

A Passing Point Arc

Takamura Mamoru Ring Pose

Takamura makes an appearance in this arc.

Battle of the Beasts Arc

Takamura makes an appearance in this arc.

10 Months in the Making Arc

Takamura makes an appearance in this arc.

Part III

Second Step Arc

Takamura makes an appearance in this arc.

Taihei Arc

Takamura makes an appearance in this arc.

Match History

 No. Result Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
26 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  ?(12) 1999 Unknown Unknown
25 WIN 25-0-0 EUA Keith Lycaon KO 1(12) 1999-01 Tokyo, Japan 1st Retained WBC & WBA
Middleweight Titles
24 WIN 24-0-0 EUA Richard Bison TKO 6(12) 1998 Tokyo, Japan Middleweight Unification Match
Won WBA Middleweight Title
5th Retained WBC Middleweight Title
23 WIN 23-0-0 EUA Peter Rabbitson KO 12(12), 1:27 1997-10-25 Tokyo, Japan "OPERATION-WORLD DOMINATION II"
4th Retained WBC Middleweight Title
22 WIN 22-0-0 EUA Ronald Duck KO 10(12) 1997-04-15 Yokohama, Japan "WORLD CONQUEST PROCLAMATION"
3rd Retained WBC Middleweight Title
21 WIN 21-0-0 EUA Rickey Mouse KO 1(12) 1996-09-12 Tokyo, Japan "OPERATION-WORLD DOMINATION"
2nd Retained WBC Middleweight Title
20 WIN 20-0-0 EUA Richard Fox KO 1(12), 2:47 1996-03 Tokyo, Japan 1st Retained WBC Middleweight Title
19 WIN 19-0-0 EUA David Eagle KO 8(12) 1995-08-27 Yokohama, Japan "A PASSING POINT"
Won WBC Middleweight Title
18 WIN 18-0-0 EUA Larry Bernard TKO 1(12), 0:49 1995-04-28 Tokyo, Japan "KING OF HAWK"
1st Retained WBC Junior Middleweight Title
17 WIN 17-0-0 EUA Bryan Hawk KO 8(12) 1994-12-20 Tokyo, Japan "BATTLE OF HAWK"
Won WBC Junior
Middleweight Title
16 WIN 16-0-0 Philippines Morris West KO 6(10) 1994-10-14 Tokyo, Japan "APOCALYPSE NOW"
Defended Rank
Became WBC 1st Ranked
15 WIN 15-0-0 Unknown KO 3(10) 1994-04 Tokyo, Japan WBC Junior Middleweight
Eliminator Match

Became WBC 2nd Ranked
14 WIN 14-0-0 Unknown KO 3(10) 1993 Tokyo, Japan Unknown
13 WIN 13-0-0 Japan Itou Takaaki KO 1(10) 1993-07 Tokyo, Japan 4th Retained JBC Middleweight Title
(Own Record: Left Only - 1st Round)
12 WIN 12-0-0 Japan Tamaoki Atsushi KO 2(10) 1993-01 Tokyo, Japan 3rd Retained JBC Middleweight Title
11 WIN 11-0-0 Unknown KO 7(10) 1992 Tokyo, Japan 2nd Retained JBC Middleweight Title
10 WIN 10-0-0 Thailand Bonchai Chuwatana KO 3(10) 1992-04-20 Tokyo, Japan 1st Retained JBC Middleweight Title
9 WIN 9-0-0 Japan Yajima Yoshiaki TKO 1(10), 1:30 1991-10 Tokyo, Japan JBC Middleweight Title Match
Won JBC Middleweight Championship Title
8 WIN 8-0-0 Japan Kazuhiko Hirano KO 1(10), 0:10 1990-10 Tokyo, Japan Rose to Higher JBC Rank
7 WIN 7-0-0 Unknown KO 1(6) 1989-02 Tokyo, Japan All Japan Rookie Tournament
Became JBC 10th Ranked
6 WIN 6-0-0 Unknown KO 1(4) Unknown Tokyo, Japan East Japan Rookie King Tournament
Became Rookie King Champion of the East
5 WIN 5-0-0 Unknown TKO 1(4), 0:15 Unknown Tokyo, Japan East Japan Rookie King
Tournament Semi-Finals

(Own Record: KO Time
0:15 Seconds - 1st Round)
4 WIN 4-0-0 Unknown KO 1(4) Unknown Tokyo, Japan East Japan Rookie King Tournament Quarter-Finals
3 WIN 3-0-0 Unknown KO 1(4) Unknown Tokyo, Japan East Japan Rookie King Tournament Semi-Quarter-Finals
2 WIN 2-0-0 Unknown KO 1(4) Unknown Tokyo, Japan N/A
1 WIN 1-0-0 Japan Sakura Kiyoshi
(Anime Only)
KO 1(4), 1:06 1987-06 Tokyo, Japan Pro Debut

Successions

Preceded by Title Succeeded by
Richard Bison WBA Middleweight Champion
1998 - current
Incumbent

Undefeated

David Eagle WBC Middleweight Champion
August 27, 1995 - current
Incumbent
Undefeated
Bryan Hawk WBC Junior Middleweight Champion
December 20, 1994 - April 28, 1995
Unknown
Yajima Yoshiaki JBC Middleweight Champion
October, 1991 - July 1993
Unknown
Unknown All Japan Middleweight Rookie King Unknown
Unknown East Japan Middleweight Rookie King Unknown

Appearance

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Takamura's Appearance.

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 Boxing Gym, Takamura had a very refined physique. Along with the Kamogawa training regiment, his body is even more refined, having bulging biceps, bulging pecs, and a hardened 6-pack stomach. While at the training camp at Nekota's place, he fought a bear, the encounter resulted in the three scars visible on his chest. Rarely, his hairstyle will change from his usual pompadour-style, to a messy hairstyle with his bangs dropped.

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Takamura with messy hair.

His basic attires consists of tank-tops and shirts of various colours, sometimes under an opened coat, and pants of various colours. His attire when he's doing roadwork consists of a navy blue sweatshirt with a hoodie and a shirt underneath with navy blue sweatpants. His boxing match attire consists of burgundy and dark azure boxer shorts with the name Mamoru written on it, it also has tags such as a label that has KB in red print, Takamura's hawk logo, and a flag of Japan. He also wears burgundy boxing shoes.

When ever Takamura struggles with his weight training, his appearance drastically changes. His stomach and ribs show through his skin, he gets chapped lips and wrinkles, and his skin begins to peel off.

Personality

Takamura has a broadminded, arrogant, outrageous, and incredibly cocky personality. 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; 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 occurrence 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.

Another less admirable trait of Takamura's personality is his perverted nature. He has a strong belief he is a ladies' man, despite rather obvious evidence to the contrary and despite fancying himself a ladies' man, rarely actually sees any action. This is due to his abrasive, perverted nature as he once made the newspaper by trying to force himself on a woman and her running away. He is not above spying on couples and groping women and getting peaks at women's panties. During his victory speech against Hawk, he says how the women of Japan should come to him so he may donate his sperm to him. In addition, he even often grabs the penises of his fellow boxers and makes inappropriate comments regarding them, particularly towards Ippo.

He also has a sister complex with his older sister, Kyōka and is tender towards older women such as Yamaguchi.

He can be a rather big bully to his fellow boxers and kouhai. He is fairly childish and egotistic, considering himself the best (which is in fact true) and hates being left out of events or people forgetting to invite him. He can also hold grudges, once attempting to set fireworks against Ippo and the others at the beach because they were shooting fireworks without him and showed a good time and only stopped when they appealed to his ego and said he should come because it wouldn't be fun without him. He can be petty and somewhat a bad sport, as Ippo manages to dodge his punch and right when Ippo is about to land a punch on him during a sparring match, Takamura (in a panic) elbows him (which is illegal in a boxing match).

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 Ichirō and seems to genuinely look forward to Ippo's rematch with him.

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Takamura's influence on Aoki, Kimura, and Ippo.

While Takamura says that most boxers are "small fries" and talks about them with patronising contempt, Takamura seems to be genuinely fond/proud of Ippo. He teases him less than the others and in more than one occasion 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 Kamogawa and his methods. Takamura seems to have unwavering trust on Kamogawa's teachings.

Despite pulling pranks on his gym mates, he is highly-respected, and is a reason Aoki, Kimura, and Ippo started boxing.

Abilities

Takamura is a right-handed Boxer-Puncher with the genius stat. He's the strongest known fighter in the weight classes he's in. He possesses a genius-level boxing talent, to such an extent that Kamogawa 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 Kamogaawa'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.

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Takamura's powerful straight right!

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.

Techniques

Weaknesses

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.

Gallery

Quotes

  • (Introducing Ippo to Kamogawa Boxing Gym) This is Makunouchi Ippo. He will be a member of this gym starting today." - Episode 2
  • (To Ippo on why he started boxing) "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
  • "The Japanese Title is just a stepping stone for me. What I really want is to become World Champion." - Episode 17
  • (Thinking about Hawk) "That cocky little mug. I bet you never lost a fight before, have you...? But that's because...I've never been...TO AMERICA!!"
  • (Thinking about Hawk) "You're strong, but your luck was bad. Curse the fact you were born in the same era as me!"-
  • (To Ippo) "We're like brothers, right? Just make the old man look good and we're cool." [1]
  • (To Ippo) "Everybody starts out as a nobody. That means you and me both started at the same spot. Something got us moving forward. Then we were off. A flat road with nothing on it. Then a sudden and steep incline. Eventually, it becomes a mountain climb over obstacles. Pushing everyone out of the way until you see the top. There's only footing for one person up there. When the last obstacle is gone. There you are. You get a view that only others who have made it that far can see, and everyone is trying to make their way up to see it. Don't call a place we all aim for some shit like lonely. Call it extraordinary." [2]

Trivia

  • "Taka" (鷹), means "hawk". Hawks have been a common theme in Takamura's matches, having a costume based off of a hawk. His match against Bryan Hawk contained the self-generated pun Hawk vs Hawk, hence the official title being the "Battle of Hawk".
  • Takamura is modelled after Roberto Durán[3]
    • Similar to Durán, who knocked out a horse with his bare hands, Takamura knocked out a bear with his bare hands. Both animals got back up after being punched and both boxers got injured. Injuries being Durán's hand and Takamura's chest.
  • Aside from knocking out a bear, Takamura has also defeated a troupe of wild monkeys and lifted a small truck without breaking a sweat.
  • Takamura's opponents after Bryan Hawk, have names that has something to do with animals; most likely in contrast with his name, which means "Hawk".
    • Some of his opponent's names are a pun to famous cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Peter Rabbit, etc.
  • 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, Takamura single handedly took down Date, Sendō, Mashiba, Saeki and Okita in the bar right after his match against 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 stated by the commentator that Takamura had his first down in his first title match.
  • He normally does his roadwork around 6 a.m. [4]
  • Takamura's pro debut opponent hasn't been shown in the manga, only in the anime in Episode 76 - Boxer's Fist. Making Takamura's pro debut fight against Sakura Kiyoshi the only filler match in the series.

References

  1. Round 940 Page 14
  2. Round 1173
  3. Hajime no Ippo Bunkobon Volume 5 Kamogawa's Diary
  4. Round 1073 Page 9

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