Ippo is sixteen years old and most people think he is a wimp. Which isn’t really true. He works at his family’s fishing charter business and has a sailor’s build but he is simply too nice to fight back against bullies. But one day when he was being pick on by a group of bullies, Takamura, a professional boxer, saved him. This was the turning point in Ippo’s life. He now aspires to be a professional boxer and surprisingly, he has the talent for it.