Yanaoka (柳岡) is a non-recurring character in Hajime no Ippo.
|Birth Date:||July 30, 1953|
|Occupation:||Naniwa Kentou-kai trainer|
|Date(s) Retired:||ca. 1980|
|Wins by KO:||Unknown|
|Anime Debut:||Has Yet Appeared|
Sometime in the past, he became a professional boxer in Japan. During his career he was known to be a really good fighter in the ring, in which eventually he became 1st ranked in JBC, giving him the chance against the National Champion of that time which was Miyata's Father. He ended up losing fiercely by the early rounds.
It is unknown if he retired immediatelly after that or later for another reason, but one thing is certain, he still remembers the feel from being knocked down by him.
After retiring he became a trainer at the Naniwa Kentou-kai, in which he started training new boxers, just like most past fighters. He became a first class trainer and second whose skills are even recognized by Kamogawa Genji after his career.
Years later, a few of his trainees got beaten up by a delinquent named Sendou Takeshi (Who Yanaoka almost knocked out). After Sendou took part in another rumble, Yanaoka turned him onto boxing as a way to find the strength he hungers for.
He is one of the few people who truly understand Sendou Takeshi.
|LOSS||Miyata Senior||KO||Unknown||ca. 1980||Japan||Unknown|
- Although it is yet to be revealed in the manga, one of the video games lists his full name as Yanaoka Kazuhiro.