Awesome: Hajime No Ippo

  • The motherfucking Dempsey Roll.
  • 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.
  • In a flashback to Takeshi Sendo's past, he beats the living daylights out of three dozen high-school toughs by himself, earning him the label Naniwa Tiger.
  • 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. Then this happens. 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:
  • 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 won by KO.
  • Aoki's title fight against Katsutaka Imae for the Japanese Lightweight Title. Aoki proves himself to be more than the clown he is generally percieved to be in the ring. Imae even admits to himself that if you look past the ridiculous techniques, you see a veteran with a strong fighting spirit.
  • 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.