Because Ippo's trainer and manager are incompetent. By that point, should have dropped the JBC title and started exclusively pursuing higher ranked opponents. By the time Ippo beat Karasawa, he should tossed the JBC title like a bad dream. Then again, I suppose that would mean having to go fight someplace besides Japan. God forbid Ippo or Takamura ever fight in a different country.
Last edited by Dark-Kenshin on Nov 11th, 2017 at 02:11 PM
Even so (And I totally agree! ), how long was it between Vorgs visit and #6?
Ippo's entire career is only, what, three years by that point? And everyone claimed he just wasn't resting properly after Sawamura (They said something about his latest fight giving only a month to prepare.)
So what did Vorg do? Challenge the world unranked out of the gate, and some high rankers thought it would be cute to cut the boastful nobody down, and whoops he's a Mary Sue, Vorg is now rank 6 in a week?
Maybe Vorg ran into an Apollo Creed who wanted to give an unknown bum fighter a shot much like in the Rocky 1 movie and ended up biting off more than he could chew. But I agree. Vorg basically has everything handed to him on a silver platter as a result of popularity and Mori retconning his boxing abilities. All this crap about being Date level while outboxing is refuted by Vorg's own statements while fighting Ippo.
And what did you think of Ippo getting beaten by Imai? How pathetic is that!
Ippo not being "ready for the world" after 1000+ is horrible writing IMO. The Ippo that beat Karasawa is easily world class material. The mentality stuff is just an excuse to drag out a story arc that could have been wrapped up a long time ago.
Ippo, I have a feeling Mashiba won't be a problem in your love life for awhile. Not until he gets out of prison for assault and battery, and probably attempted murder.
For what I suspect was a troll on the doubtless flood of fan mail on having them fight each other, Mashiba vs Sawamura was very well done. Everything you'd expect to see, more then you wanted to see, and well done bits you're glad to see. It was memorable, that's for sure.
Personally, I say minus the cheating, Sawamura has Mashiba's number. I mean, Mash NEEDED to cheat, while Saramura did it just because.
So as of Sawamura's retirement, Aoki and Kimura claim they're 25? And as of Aoki's first title defense of the series, he's been at it 8 years?
I'm up to issue 600 something, about the halfway mark. At this rate, they're gonna be older then Date by series catch up, unless time starts to slow down and Ippo somehow has 50 title defenses in a year and is only on his fourth year of boxing..