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Ichirou Miyata (宮田 一郎)Date of birth: August 27, 1973
Boxing style: Out Boxer, Counter-Puncher
Height: 5'7.5" (172.0 cm)
Reach: 69" (175.4 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs.
Weight class: Featherweight
Gym affiliation: Kawabara Gym
Specialty: Various counters, Speed Hell
Stance: Orthodox Stance , Detroit Style, Hitman Style (once)
Ichiro Miyata is an out-boxer known for his speed, timing and determination. His normal punches are light but he is an expert at using counters that are all potential Sunday punches. Miyata is one of Ippo's primary goals as a boxer.
Ever since he was little, Miyata has always wanted to be like his dad. His dad, Suzuki Miyata, used to be a boxer, until a career-ending jaw bone injury forced him to retire. Miyata takes his training dead seriously, and has always believed in his father's old beliefs, that skill can beat strength. You hardly ever see the guy smile because he thinks that he doesn't have the privilege to smile unless he wins a boxing match.
In the world of boxing there are tons of different techniques that can secure victory. In Hajime no Ippo, main character Makunouchi Ippo utilizes the unstoppable Dempsey Roll.
If you watch Hajime no Ippo and feel inspired to achieve something in your life, then congratulations, you're a "glass half full" kind of person. If you're like myself and watch Ippo in despair because he makes you feel like the true couch potato you really are, then this article is for you.