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New Challenger is the 26th episode of Hajime No Ippo: New Challenger series, and it was released on June 30th, 2009.
This is the final episode of the New Challenger series. Kamogawa gym has yet to respond from Miyata cause Ippo is trying to make faster the Dempsey Roll after seen the poster from Iwao that he will destroy the Dempsey Roll. Coach will try to evolve it in every way he can, challenging now modern boxing.
In the final episode of New Challenger series, we see Miyata training at the gym and afterwards, he goes and tells to his father if Kamogawa Gym responded yet. Next morning at Kamogawa Boxing Gym we see Ippo taking an interview about his defenses. Asking him if he aims higher or has someone who want to beat. The interviewers dissapointly leave with nothing, then Aoki , Kimura and Takamura shout to Ippo of why he didn't tell that he wants to go after Ricardo Martinez's belt and take him down. At the same time Yagi comes out, saying that they have matches in spring (Ippo's 4th Title Defence, Aoki's Title Match, Itagaki's Rookie King Match and Takamura's World Title Defence). Everyone got surprised that Aoki has a Title match, which he got it by luck. The rankers fell apart and only Aoki left which he is ranked 5th. After Aoki mocked Kimura, they went immediately punching sandbags, and Ippo started training with Coach Kamogawa.
Later that night when Ippo was going home, he was talking to himself of what he is after until Wanpo runs on him alone, and behind, Miyata walking towards him and takes him from the shirt, yelling him about not responding to the match. Ippo didn't know anything about it so he runned back to the Gym to tell Coach why he didn't respond. Kamogawa gets all angry, shouts at him for reasons that he doesn't understand yet.
The next day Ippo tells to Kamogawa that he has speed up the Dempsey Roll, and Kamogawa likes to see what he came up with. The results...weren't good, Kamogawa countered him right at the beggining. It was fast but it wasn't powerful, his punches were light. Later at night Kamogawa is speaking to Yagi about Ippo, that he tries to find a way to evolve the Dempsey Roll, and at the same time on Kawahara Boxing Gym, Miyata tells his father that the Dempsey Roll is weak to counters, and that's why Kamogawa Gym has yet to respond. Miyata goes on the roof of their gym saying that Ippo will evolve the Dempsey Roll. Back at Kamogawa, he says that he will challenge modern boxing, and make it to the top.
In the end we see Ippo and Kamogawa training, and later we see him at the tree were it all started. Kumi watches him throwing some jabs from the path behind him, Ippo says that he will become faster and stronger.
- Shimabukuro Iwao (Picture)
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Aoki excited for his upcoming Title Match.
Aoki mocking Kimura.
Miyata yelling at Ippo because of not accepting the match yet.
Ippo will get stronger!
Manga and Anime DifferencesEdit
- In the manga Aoki was with Ippo's belt after he heard of his title match.
- They did not show the introduction to Shimabukuro Iwao, until the third season.