Elected best shônen manga of the year at the grand prize of entertainment - Polymanga - Switzerland 2008
How does it feel to be strong? I want to be strong too! Ippo Makunouchi is a shy high school student who is often bullied by the bullies in his school. But he does not know yet that a prestigious destiny awaits him; whereas he is once again bullied by the gang of Amezawa, Takamura, a great boxer comes to help him. He admires his savior and his fighting skills. This meeting with the boxer will make him discover the unsuspected strength which was hiding in him. Since then, Ippo hopes to become a professional boxer and tries to be admitted in the Kamogawa boxing club. To everyone's surprise, he will stand up to one of the geniuses of the boxing club, which will attract the attention of the club's coach. We will discover in this adventure the rise of the young IPPO to the highest level!
George Morikawa is an author published by Kodansha publishing house since his debut in the late 80s. He won the Kodansha award for best manga in 1991. Afterwards, he had an unparalleled success with Ippo, and he himself started actively in boxing by buying a prestigious club in Japan, the JB Sports Gym where the future Japanese champions train.