|The Strongest Challenger|
|Romaji:||Saikyō no Chōsensha|
|←New Challenger||The Dempsey Roll Destroyed→|
The Greatest Challenger is the first episode in the new Hajime no Ippo: Rising series, and was released on October 6th 2013.
That night on the ocean the boat was sinking and Kazuo determined to save everyone sacrifices his life for his comrades. The scene then depicts Kazuo's funeral followed by Ippo not accepting his fathers death, until he finds his father hat floating him in the harbor. This is when Ippo's mother gets her Boat Opperators license and start the business.The episode starts off where Ippo relives some memories of his father, childhood and a promise he and his father made.
Ippo's and Coach start to train intensly for the upcoming title defends. Iwao is shown being underwater for 13 minutes, thereafter speaking with his coach about Ippo and how he will drag him to the depth of the sea and destroy the Dempsey Roll.Gazelle Punch on Ippo. Ippo is soon overpowered and moves in calling for a full-on Infight. Both boxers slug it out in the middle of the ring, both equal in power, Ending the first round.The second round starts and Iwao is confident of dragging Ippo to the ocean floor. It skips until the 5th round when both boxers are still equal and Ippo hits Iwao with a clean uppercut and barrage being countered by Iwao. Ippo's face turns blue mid-fight because of cyanosis.
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Ready to fight!
Ippo with his seconds come out, as for behind the other crew.
Ippo hitting Iwao
Iwao takes the pace
Ippo's neck goes back from Iwao's punch.
Welcome at the Ocean!
No Oxygen state, as Ippo's face turns cyanosis.
Manga and Anime DifferencesEdit
- In the manga, Ippo's story arc was explained after the match with Sawamura from Ippo's mother to Kumi.