After convincing Kamogawa, he goes through intensive training in order to face the counter head-on.
The day of the match, Ippo faces a once again confident Miyata, who soon becomes desperate after realizing just how much his opponent had evolved in only three months.
Although his father never returned, Ippo was able to satisfy himself that his father fulfilled his promise by finding the cap his father wore.
After his father died, Ippo grew up assisting his mother with the family fishing boat business.
He originally started boxing to try and answer one simple question: "What does it mean to be strong?
It is later revealed by Fujii Minoru, who was watching the bout and took a picture, that Ippo's uppercut, indeed landed by barely a centimeter, making Miyata lose control of his legs, despite still being conscious.With both fighters scoring multiple downs, and Ippo's strategy against the counter working as planned, they get to the fourth round.In this final round, Ippo throws his newly acquired uppercut in an attempt to end the fight, but misses. makunouchi ippo) is the eponymous protagonist of Hajime no Ippo.He is a Featherweight boxer from the Kamogawa Boxing Gym and the former JBC Featherweight Champion.Though angry at first at a disrespectful comment about his mother, Ippo's submissive attitude stops him from defending himself and keeps getting beaten by Umezawa.