Hajime no Ippo: Rising episode 11
Hajime no Ippo: Rising returns! It been quite a few weeks since I last saw Ippo’s roughed up face in the ring. I just hope that the next episode will meet my expectations because this one kind of didn’t, which is kind of difficult take after having to wait for it for so long…
So Ippo is fighting against a guy that likes to play very dirty. He will do anything he can to stall and catch his breath. It’s very difficult to tell if he’s just stupid, a dirty fighter or actually pretty talented. He packs quite a punch and those lefts of his are no joke. Even Ippo has a hard time getting close to him and gets punched away when he does. It’s a mystery, people… Why would someone with an arsenal like that resort to such petty tactics? He seems to be capable on his own without having to punch someone’s loved ones or nearly break the rules to win.
Anyway, Ippo is in a tough spot. He hardly get close due to his opponent’s sharp and heavy blows. When he does get close enough to punch, which seems like quite the accomplishment on its own, he gets blown away again. It’s what makes this whole match so strange… That guy doesn’t need to use dirty tactics in this match when he has a combination that effective.
Do not forget that Ippo is a close-range fighter. He has a few nifty weapons of his own, some of which are most effective when executed mid-range, but long-range? No. Ippo needs to find a way to close in before one of those rights takes away his champion belt. I’m pretty sure that this is where he starts to use his improving Dempsey Roll. I don’t see how else he can win right now.