IPPO'S FIRST FIGHT
"Boxers really are incredible. For just a few minutes in the ring,
they go through this. And they come back and do it every single day.
They find nothing but pain, suffering, and hardships." - Kumi
Match 1 - Ippo Makunouchi vs Ichirou Miyata
Place: Kamogawa Gym / Match Type: Spar / Length: 3 Rounds / (Manga Vol 1 Ch 2-4)
Ippo's first match ever! After going through training exercises with Takamura, Ippo's
finally put to the test in a real spar match with a much more skilled fighter. This match
was to prove if Ippo was the prodigy student that Kamogawa was looking for. A very
nervous Ippo took a pounding in the first round, getting knocked down twice, but survived the round.
Ippo would soon retaliate against Miyata
in the second. A barrage of Ippo's jabs shot out like a cannon and caught an overly
arrogant Miyata by surprise! Unfortunately Miyata's years of experience and cat-like
quickness was able to dodge nearly all of the attacks. Ippo's raw power finally got
through Miyata's guard, and left Miyata wide open for an attack!
GONG! The sound of the bell rang, and the disappointed gym members did not get
to see what they wanted. The start of the third round began, and Ippo quickly began
where he left off. Miyata, now understanding what to expect, used his great footwork
to avoid Ippo's jabs, and this time fought back. A volley of jabs planted Ippo square
in the face, and was then followed by a nasty hook to Ippo's jaws. Ippo hit the mat
and was in shock at what just happened. Because a blow to the jaw disrupts your brain,
it is nearly impossible to control your body after you take a hit, even if you are
completely conscious. Ippo, pounding on his legs to move, finally does so and wills
himself into a fighting position. Miyata greets Ippo's heroics with a quick right
hook that drops Ippo to the floor once again. Ippo once again gets back on his feet
to continue the match.
Miyata, now pissed off more then ever, takes out his frustrations on Ippo. However,
Ippo's determination of not going down is simply too strong. This infuriates Miyata
more so, and he finally gets serious. Ippo finally sees an opening, but is countered
by a right hook at full speed. Miyata's specialty, the counter, is a destructive
defensive maneuver that can quickly change the momentum of a fight. Instead of simply
blocking or throwing warning punches, Miyata uses a counter punch to use his opponents'
energy to backfire on him. As the opponent goes head on during his attack, a counter
will take that energy, and add its own destructive power to create a very strong blow.
Ippo has finally reached his limit, and is knocked unconscious from Miyata's counter
Ippo's lost was not a total defeat, as this was only a sparring match. Genji Kamogawa,
the gym's owner, has now found a student that has the heart and motivation to become
something big. The Kamogawa gym has found a new member, Ippo Makunouchi!