Up to post rookie tournament, as Ippo's training for his mirror image boxing nerd from the South side.
Not even up to 100 chapters, and this thing runs in to the thousands. A looong way to go
Pretty funny seeing the some of the jokes. "A woman as a doctor?!" "Black guys are naturally have more spring in their step".
Also kind of funny how Ippo struggles against EVERYONE. I get the hero is usually a perpetual underdog, but you get the impression if they put him up against a 3 year old, he'd barely squeek by a victory and somehow break every bone in his body trying.
But I guess winning with ease is Takamura's thing. Ippo is the hard working underdog, and Takamura is the mary sue the writer stuck into the background so he can write what he REALLY wants without criticism.
You joke but the hardest fight Ippo has ever had, except against the people he lost to obviously, was against a young dude who had only ever participated in 3 matches at that point and was Takamura levels of extreme talent.
Kind of thought out of all the Rookie King competitors, the guy who gave him the toughest fight was the one who aimed for points and clinched/ran away. Because he had Ippo cold.. If he didn't get greedy, he would have won.
The speedy guy at the start of his final road to the title certainly lost his mental fortitude. Ippo put some fear in him.
And if Takamura was there, he probably would have smacked Ippo for giving away a future opponents weakness to him. Now he'll work on varying his timing, so he'll never be tagged in someones blind spot..
That's a shame, he was a monster among monsters in that first fight.
I hate to say it, but Miyata is kind of an idiot. His obsession with Ippo is ruining his career, when he should really stick to junior lightweight/lightweight.
If he wants a rematch so bad, he can set up an exibition. Heck, a champ vs champ exibition bout would be a great draw, he could have aimed for that and fought Ippo when he's 100% healthy , instead of gimped by extreme dieting habits.