With Ippo's Fire-Forged Friends! He does not like boxers that cheat in boxing. Beware the Nice Ones: Even after becoming a boxer, he remains meek in his day to day life and practically allows himself to be scared by anybody who wants to scare him. However, if you're a boxer set to fight him, it's dangerous to assume he'd be the same way on the clock. In the ring, he seems to think of his opponents differently than he does in social situations; the same men that could easily intimidate him on the street simply become obstacles to punch into oblivion when the bell sounds.
Also, pushing his Berserk Buttons is a bad idea. Ippo is very eager to fight in the ring and often loves to get stronger and face better opponents so he can improve his skill and be the best pro boxer in the world. A Boy and His X: A Boy And His Dog. Eventually becomes the owner of a dog, Wanpo. It was stated that while in high school, Ippo could have gotten into any college, implying that his grades were good. He's been dancing around making it official with Kumi for years. Amazingly, they're still not officially dating by the time they're in their mid-twenties despite having known each other since they were 16 and having effectively gone on several dates.
To be fair, though, his fear of her brother plays a big part in it and he tried to confess once but she fell asleep right when he started. Has three girls fighting over him. However, he's far too shy and reserved to fully grasp and take advantage of the situation.
Was caught peeking at Takamura's porno magazines and was okay with the idea of Takamura lending him porno videos. He also jumped at Dr. Oddly enough he rarely has any these thoughts around the girl he likes, Kumi. It's mainly just modest male urges, and even then nothing too perverted. Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ippo is a shy, awkward, overly-polite mama's boy It's not uncommon for people who've seen him in the ring, to completely fail to recognize him outside of it.
Several times, this has worked to his advantage, since any opponent who've met him outside the ring is bound to underestimate the level of brutality he can unleash inside of it. The New Dempsey Roll requires stopping in the middle of the weaving in order to make the rhythm less predictable and thus make it more difficult to counter , but suddenly stopping such high momentum places a huge strain on his muscles and ligaments and he runs the risk of tearing something and cutting his career short.
The Diagonal Dempsey Roll strains the body even worse, as it effectively involves weaving the body full speed in any and all directions and throwing not just hooks, but any kind of punch desired with the momentum IE an even more effective form of Bryan Hawk's swayback dodge and Infinity Punch combo while also stopping and starting on a dime at will. Constantly on the receiving end of this trope. His impressive skill as a boxer and genuine sportsmanship and grace usually keeps from any hard feelings after his victories.
Many a former foe returns throughout the series to cheer Ippo on or mentor him in an aspect of boxing they're more experienced in. Some of the more violent and unscrupulous boxers even noticeably chill out after facing Ippo, and become softer or more fair. While normally a required trait for his combat style, it is starting to cost him dearly in a Deconstruction after his second loss.
His father Kazuo died when he was a child, and we don't know about his relatives aside of his mother Hiroko. He is willing to do anything from quitting school to quitting boxing to help Hiroko when she becomes too overworked. His dislike of fighting made him a target for bullying.
Even after becoming a fighter, he still tends to let brasher guys walk all over him. Luckily though, this doesn't translate into the ring. Ippo's favorite fighter is Mike Tyson. He is very well endowed. His vision and hand-eye coordination has suffered since his second loss and it remains to be seen if there are other effects from his accumulated damage.
Thankfully though, while he can no longer tank punches as well as he used to, this ends up Subverted for the time being when it turns out that he's still well enough to get in the ring. As of Chapter , it turns out that Ippo wasn't OK after all. Ippo was practically made for elite in-boxing. He's naturally short in stature and also has short arms and a solidly built frame, giving him the right physiology for the job.
Most tellingly though, his fists happen to be flat and brick shaped and he has puffy palms, meaning every punch lands with as much surface area- and force- as humanly possible. In other words, his hands were made for knocking people out. His humility knows no bounds, and for most of his career he bashfully downplays his own potential and triumphs when he's praised. This is common in Japanese etiquette, where attributing your success and skill to luck or the help of others is good form, but Ippo definitely means it.
He stays humble as he grows, but with experience comes confidence and he gradually stops selling himself short. Despite his strength and courage, Ippo still behaves rather meekly out of the ring and often humbles himself around his rivals. For example, even though he has defeated both Mashiba Ryou and Sendou Takeshi, he fears Mashiba and tries to avoid discussing a second rematch with Sendou whenever he is around. He also continued to be intimidated by Umezawa Masahiko, his former bully, long after he began boxing.
He has a great deal of respect for his gymmate Takamura Mamoru and former Japanese Featherweight Champion Date Eiji and he was completely shocked when World Featherweight Champion Ricardo Martinez requested a spar with him. He later recognizes this to be one of his weaknesses after losing to Gonzales. I Just Want to Be Badass: Despite being well known among his friends for taking forever to make it official with her , he did actually confess to Kumi during a beach holiday once, but she happened to fall asleep drunk during the whole thing.
Naturally, he loses his nerve by the time she wakes up. He wins almost all of his fights. And always by KO. Somewhat justified as he literally can't win in any other way, due to his boxing style; if he's landing enough punches that he might have a chance at winning a decision victory, it's not likely his opponent is going to survive the round, much less the match.
Know When To Fold Them: In Chapter , Ippo talks to a doctor about his condition. Though he shows symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, the doctor can't make a diagnosis until he's dead. With this information, he approaches the coach at his gym and reveals his intentions of retiring.
Earns the respect of many boxers he met. Early on in the series, after he accidentally trips into Miyata's butt, Takamura jokes that he had suspicions about Ippo's sexuality from the beginning and says that he "really must be a homo". Ippo's usual mellow Nice Guy reaction to this, of course, then gets him funny looks from all of the other boxers. Keep in mind that Takamura already knows Ippo is straight at this point; he's just a Jerkass. Tries to wear one around his waist when he first showers with the guys simply because, well Takamura mistakes this for size insecurity and removes it for giggles- which is how he discovered Ippo's a "heavyweight".
Ippo is a friendly and kind young man. Ippo and Sendo probably have the closest relationship between any of the rival boxers. This, despite their contrasting personalities, which end up being a major source of humor whenever they're together.
Older Than They Look: At least David Eagle seems to think he looks young, as he mistakes a 22 year-old Ippo for a kid and autographs the back of his shirt. The stoic Miyata then tells Ippo that the Japanese "just tend to look young to foreigners" Gives one to Kojima.
The punch was so severe that the poor guy literally lost all memory of the fight! This guy probably knows more about Miyata's matches than Miyata's own father, to the point of being able to reenact the whole thing.
Actually, he was the first one to figure out the reason behind Miyata cancelling his match against Ippo. The whole point of his Signature Move the Dempsey Roll is to take down bigger fighters as Ippo is shorter than most of his opponents he's still a boxer and has taken down more muscular and taller boxers.
Has this going on with coach Kamogawa and his training. Much of his determination comes from the fact that he refuses to give up unless he has put everything he was taught to use. He comes back from the brink of a K.
Unfortunately, despite all his hard work for 10 months, years of poor defensive technique and eating punches finally catch up to him in his attempted comeback match against Guevarra; it turns out that he really is punch drunk and can no longer take punches or even attempt to dodge them like he once could. Red Oni, Blue Oni: The passive, kind, meek blue oni to Takamura and Sendo's loud, Hot-Blooded , boisterous red oni. Ippo is also the emotional, talkative red oni to Miyata's stoic, calm blue oni.
Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's basically the sensitive guy to any of the other boxer's manly-men attitudes, but he fits this dynamic best in scenes with Takamura. In a funny twist, he himself comes off as the "manly man" in comparison to Naomichi when they're together.
It refuses to stay down too, always snapping back into it's usual messy look when he tries to keep it down. He is usually a kind and reserved person who dislikes conflict, and because of that he had been bullied since grade school. Ippo is notoriously simple-minded. In nearly all of his matches, difficulties arose when his opponent did something he had not prepared for, such as Malcolm Gedo's Magic Punch and Woli's Corner Work.
In fact, he lost the championship match with Date Eiji entirely because he failed to grasp how the champ was negating the power behind his punches. Interestingly, the few times Ippo did something his opponents didn't expect, he won the match such as his southpaw stance in his first fight, or his brawling stance in his match with Kojima. Might as well be the king of this trope. He comes off as very threatening to his enemies and is able to put considerable pressure on them - that doesn't stop him from being a meek and shy person outside the ring.