The Return of the Challenger
Chapter Info
Volume: 6
Chapter: 51
Japanese Title: 挑戦者の逆襲
Romanized Title: Chōsen-sha no gyakushū
Total Pages: 19
WSM Issue: ?
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 The Return of the Challenger is the fifty-first chapter of Morikawa Jouji's manga series Hajime no Ippo.


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


As a very vengeful Takamura unleashes a devastating combination on the champion, the latter attempts the same counter he did at the beginning of the match. However, Takamura easily dodges this (surprising all audience) and continues his combinations overwhelming his opponent, who at one point begins to fall, but is stopped and sent back up by an uppercut. When the champion finally falls, the referee does not even count, and instead declares Takamura the new champion.

Later that night the the entire crew celebrates by drinking with the waitresses at Sugar Ray. Fujii and his partner, arrive to see that except for Ippo and Takamura, everyone else (including the coach, is drunk in celebration.

Later that night, Ippo and Takamura walk home and reflect on their goals. Takamura still has lingering damage and nearly falls, helping Ippo realize how difficult it is to reach the top. Takamura who is grateful to Ippo (even though he doesn't say it out loud) for cheering when he needed the most, encourages him to win the the tournament.

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