Most of the boxing matches have at least one of these. Ippo and Takamura could each fill a library all by themselves. Other boxers have their moments, too. Kimura actually manages to be the only opponent to frighten ''The Executioner'' Ryo Mashiba, one of the scariest boxers in the series, when he challenges him for the Junior Lightweight title.
The Battle of the Demons, Sawamura vs. Mashiba is thought by many to be the single greatest match in the series.
The Featherweight Champion Fight Date Eiji vs. Ricardo Martinez: Eiji, delivering his last blow: "I'll give you as many bones as you want . . . In return, give me your life!"
Takamura v. Mama Bear is probably one of the best non-fight moments in the series.
Takamura's match after the Mama Bear incident. The word had got out around Japan that Taka had killed a bear with his bear hands. So when he proceeds to enter the ring with a bear skin robe on complete with claws, everyone, including the opponent, assumed that he was lying his ass off. Takamura then takes off the robe to reveal three huge claw slashes across his chest. Cue EVERYONE losing their shit. You are now freaking out. Superb.
The match itself may count as one as while the stunt made people think he was just a show off, Takamura proceeds to dominate the match with his non-dominant hand, and with jabs at that, effectively proving he can match his showmanship.
Takamura snaps.◊ This is, beyond any doubt, his greatest scene and you know it.
Itagaki vs Saeki. Both of them first feeling each other out. Itagaki getting caught in Saeki's trap. Thenthishappens. Saeki can't touch Itagaki anymore. Reason: Saeki tries to read him, but Itagaki just made himself very unpredictable.
Saeki's composition for the rest of the fight qualifies to this troper as well. out of sheer pride for his reputation as the speed star, he finally forces himself to see through Itagaki's unpredictable movements, and continues forcing his body to perform even after Itagaki killed his legs and knocked him down. doubles as a tear jerker when Saeki discovers that no matter how much he struggles, he never stood a chance from the start
Coach Kamogawa's final match of his boxing career. He was fighting Ralph Anderson, an American Sergeant and, in the pre-World War 2 days, a World-ranked Welterweight boxer. In that fight, Kamogawa shows himself to be both the Ippo and the Takamura of his generation:
When the match begins, he throws such a powerful punch aimed at Anderson's ribs that although he blocks it, Anderson's arm not only goes numb, but hasa visible imprint/outline of Kamogawa's fist on it.
He thenrepeats this with his right fist, again shattering both it and Anderson's ribs.
Because he's shattered both his fists, Kamogawa is no longer able to fight. But he doesn't need to, because his punches not only shattered Anderson's ribs, but caused said ribs topierce his internal organs, leaving Anderson unable to fight, and Kamogawa the winner. A fivechaptered, three punch fight that proves beyond any doubt that Genji Kamogawa is f**king awesome.
Remember Kenta Kobashi and Ryuuichi Hayami, both of whom Ippo beat back in the Rookie Kings Tournament? Well in Chapter 290, we find that both of them dropped to the Jr. Featherweight division and are now ranked nationals: Hayami first and Kobashi second, and have a title fight against each other for the Japanese Jr. Featherweight Championship Belt/Title. And in a moment that is as heartwarming as it is awesome, Kobashi wonby KO.
When Aoki's Frog Punch is countered in Round 1, he seems to have been badly hurt, leading Imae, confident that victory is near, to go all out, with Aoki only saved by a tight guard and the bell. This continues until the end of Round 4, where Imae, slightly bent over and gasping from 3 rounds of constant attacking, staggers back to his corner...... and sees Aoki walking awayas though he hasn't been damaged at all. The look on Imae's face when he realises that Aoki has tricked him into exhausting himself while he remains relatively strongsays it all.
In the Rookie King fight between Ippo and Sendo Ippo lands a perfect right to Sendo's temple that Knocks him right out thirty seconds before the end of the third round. Sendo still manages to spend the next forty seconds pounding Ippo apart.