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  • 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.
    • To put this in perspective, Mashiba had fought the iron-jawed Ippo and Sendo before, yet maintained his ferocity. But Kimura hanging on for 6 WHOLE ROUNDS of flicker jabs and refusing to fall at the end leaves him slack-jacked and in an animalistic panic.
  • 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 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'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.
  • Ippo does not trash talk for the most part, but a special mention must be made during the weigh-in with Ippo and his opponent Hammer Nao, formerly Yamada Naomichi (or "Geromichi" to Aoki, Kimura and Takamura), once a former member of Kamogawa gym and Ippo's friend and junior. When prompted for a comment, an exchange occurs with the normally reserved Ippo biting back.
    Hammer Nao: Senpai. I'll continue to call you Senpai, if you don't mind. I am grateful to you. You taught me the basics of boxing- plus you'll be giving me the belt.
    Reporter: Champion, do you have anything to say in regards to that comment.
    Ippo: Not really, I just think that his "thanks" is unnecessary.
    Fuji: Meaning...?
    Ippo: It's a fact that we have practiced together in the past, but... I never taught him how to take a belt.
  • 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. 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.
    • How the manga represents Saeki not being able to follow Itagaki's movements was really cool. One minute Saeki is forcing himself to calm down and focus on Itagaki, the next, Itagaki is gone, and Saeki can't find him before it's too late.
  • 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 perceived 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.
  • Sendo Vs. Nargo. Sendo is fighting for the first time against someone who isn't cracking under the pressure of his intimidating presence, Sendo figures its because his opponent has fought someone stronger then him. His opponent is Mexican so Sendo quickly figures out that someone is none other than Ricardo Martinez. Sendo's response?
  • Ippo's comeback after being expelled one month of the gym by the coach, due to the possibility of being punch drunken. To sum it, he spent all that time moving VERY slowly for everything while using angle/wrists weights, as a result, he gained more balance on his entire body being able to regain it no matter how off balance he gets and keep throwing punches, changing pivot legs and pressing forward, A.K.A THE new Dempsey Roll.
  • Pretty much everything Ippo has done so far in his return match, against the new Filipino Champion, Antonio Guevara. To highlight some spots after all his training with the weights he can now dash at superhuman speeds, considerably hurt a champion in only two hits and of course, leave a strong impression on Mashiba, Sendo and Miyata all at once when he gets to show off part of the New Dempsey Roll.
    • To put this in perspective, the man Ippo is fighting beat Malcom Gedoh, "The Magician" (without him throwing the fight), who gave Ippo a serious amount of trouble when they fought. Cut to now, where Ippo is handily winning against Guevara, which shows how far Ippo has improved.
    • Unfortunately, Ippo's fortune does not last, and he falls before he can deliver the new Dempsey Roll, with one final punch by Guevara knocking him down for a third and final time.
  • Mashiba fights Iga, who uses a combination of Ippo's, Kimura's, and Sawamura's strategies to try and get Mashiba to either lose legitimately or by foul play (the latter option meaning disqualification after being caught playing foul twice before). It doesn't work as Mashiba has become stronger and overcome his previous weaknesses. It also shows significant Character Development on Mashiba's side, as he realizes that he's no longer the foul fighter that he used to be.
    Mashiba: Sawamura... I'm sick of your games. I'll teach you. I'll carve it in your body. [...] Who am I? I'm a boxer! The only thing I can teach you... the only thing I can carve into you... is how much it hurts to take my punches.
    (cue referee stopping the fight and declaring Mashiba the winner)
  • Takamura reminds us of a phrase mentioned early in the series in his final Middleweight World Title Match: He who rules with his left rules the world.


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