Elected best shônen manga of the year at the grand prize of entertainment - Polymanga - Switzerland 2008
Ippo's professional debut!
The day of the first fight finally arrives! The opponent is Yûsuke Oda, a weakened boxer, who only has a good right hand. The entourage of Ippo foresees an easy victory, but the Oda who goes on the ring seems to have found all the ardour of his youth. The problem is that this Yûsuke has a lot to gain in this match, and that he will not let himself be defeated so easily. A terrible battle begins... Will Ippo succeed in winning his first official fight ?
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.