Throughout his childhood, Ippo has always been picked on by his fellow classmates. Long hours helping his mother run their family business, a fishing boat store, has left him without the time to make friends and so he remains an introverted loner, doomed to be beaten day in and day out. Although he hates being bullied, he hates himself even more for not being able to fight back against his tormentors. "What is it like to be strong?" he asks himself as he stares at his clenched fist. "I want to be strong." His encounter with Mamoru Takamura, a professional boxer, leads to the discovery of a dynamite punch that opens up the doorway to a whole new world where that dream can become a reality. At the Kamogawa Gym, Ippo Makunouchi now trains with the aspirations of becoming a professional boxer and discovering what it means to be strong.
HELP, I JUST FINISHED THE IPPO ANIME AND DON'T KNOW WHERE TO PICK UP FROM IN THE MANGA!!
After the Anime TV Series finished airing, a TV Movie (Champion Road) centering around Ippo in a fight against
Kazuki Sanada was produced followed by an OVA (Extra Round) which is currently available in Japan only featuring
Kimura fighting against Mashiba. In the Manga, Ippo's fight with Sanada takes place after Mashiba vs. Kimura. However,
the Anime's TV Movie and OVA has Mashiba vs. Kimura taking place afterwards instead, most likely to have the first full-length
feature showcase an Ippo fight.
If you just Completed the 75 Episode Anime:
You will want to continue with Volume 31 - Round 269, the day right after Lallapalooza ends.
If you just Completed the 75 Episode Anime AND BOTH the TV Movie (Champion Road) and OVA:
You will want to continue with Volume 35 - Round 315. Here, the
story shifts to Miyata's OBPF Title match and he comments on the Ippo vs. Sanada fight because it has just finished in the Manga.
If you just Completed the 75 Episode Anime AND ONLY the TV Movie (Champion Road):
You will want to continue with the Mashiba vs. Kimura fight
which spans from Volume 31 - Round 270 through Volume 33 -
Round 289 and then, after reading that, you will want to skip to Volume 35 -
If you just Completed the 75 Episode Anime AND ONLY the OVA (Mashiba vs. Kimura):
You will want to continue with the Ippo vs. Sanada
fight which takes place from Volume 33 - Round 290.