Elected best shônen manga of the year at the grand prize of entertainment - Polymanga - Switzerland 2008
Ippo vs. Miyata: It's time for a rematch!
After an intensive training, Ippo has again the opportunity to fight the terrible Miyata, his first rival. It is during this Sparring session that Ippo will finally discover the true meaning of boxing. He will also discover a new facet of his mentor Takamura as the latter will confide in him about the circumstances that brought him to boxing.
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.