When you tune in, there’s something special about boxing that truly captivates the mind. Whether it’s a wild fight or a boxer displaying their finesse, boxing always has something to offer that makes for a fantastic form of entertainment.
Boxing is not a sport that you can just jump into because the training regimen is fairly strict and requires a great deal of dedication, perhaps more than any other sport. When you read a boxing manga, it’s as if all of the things we thought were impossible dreams, such as landing an uppercut from the most awkward of angles, to somehow landing the ultimate knockout punch that sends your opponent through the ring, become a sure reality.
Let’s take a look at some of the best Boxing manga of all time.
Isamu Take is a child prodigy who excels at everything he attempts. Isamu, who is forced to attend a regular elementary school by his parents, spends his time bored, looking down on his peers as nothing more than ungifted garbage; however, when he meets Moka Kaname, his dull school life is about to change. The young girl, who has recently transferred from Osaka, is a complete boxing nut, which Isamu immediately dismisses.
However, after meeting some delinquents, the arrogant boy discovers that not only is Moka extremely strong, but she is also smarter than he is! Now that Isamu has fallen in love with his new rival, he needs to find a way to end his time with her, and he’s found the perfect solution: boxing.
Baku Ryosuke, also known as “Bakudan,” a fresh-out-of-juvie punk and dangerous street-fighter, is scouted by a yakuza syndicate and dreams of becoming Japan’s greatest yakuza. To teach him a lesson, the yakuza sent him to the gym of a retired heavyweight boxer named Ken Tamaki, where he forced him to sign away his property. However, after fighting Bakudan for the property, Tamaki is impressed by his fighting skills and dedicates himself to assisting Bakudan in fulfilling his true destiny of becoming Japan’s first heavyweight world champion boxer!
11. Hanakaku: The Last Girl Standing
Ando Hanaka desired to grow in strength because she believed she would be unable to protect her friend from bullies. As she enters high school, she hopes to join many of her school’s martial arts clubs. Unfortunately for her, many clubs turn her down due to her frailty and small size. She just wants to be stronger, but will she be able to do so?
All of this changes when she meets Yoshino “Koha” Koharu, a classmate. Hanaka is introduced to the world of MMA by Koha. Hanaka discovers that martial arts is intended to strengthen the weak. Her ambitions to become stronger may be realised as she enters the world of mixed martial arts.
Genres:Comedy, Ecchi, Shounen, Sports
Heisuke has just arrived in town, and the first thing on his agenda is to chase pretty girls, which leads to him getting punched in the process. He notices a girl attempting to sneak inside the house where he will be staying. Seeing this as an opportunity to legitimately grope a girl, he tries to stop the intruder only to discover that it’s the same girl who punched him earlier, not to mention that her name is Umi and she is one of three sisters who live in that house with their mother. The next day, Umi discovers that Heisuke is a boxer whose skill is only rivalled by his laziness.
Genres:Action, Drama, Sci Fi, Sports
Imperial City is heavily damaged in a war in the nineteenth century. Five years later, a new sport called “Metalboxing” (which combines elements of boxing with robotic elements) is created. After losing consciousness, Levius Cromwell, who lost his father during the war, emerges as a young fighter and begins training under his uncle Zacks Cromwell. Levius works his way up the boxing ranks until he reaches his goal, which is the opportunity to compete for the promotion to Grade I, the highest rank any boxer can achieve.
To achieve that rank, Levius needed to defeat Hugo Stratus, but Hugo was unexpectedly defeated by a mysterious boxer named A.J. Langdon. Human dignity and the future of Imperial City are at stake in the ongoing battle between Levius and his opponents.
8. Kendo Shitouden Cestvs
The Roman Empire is at its pinnacle of glory. Cestus, a young slave boxer, is always fighting and honing his skills. Suddenly, an emperor’s messenger arrives, announcing that Emperor Nerone will host a fighting tournament from all over the world, and instructing Cestus to participate in the Regional Qualifiers. Cestus sets out on his journey to the final combat arena, determined to win the tournament and earn the ultimate prize, his own freedom!!
Riku’s childhood was filled with tragedy and pain. Following his father’s death, a former boxer Yakuza man taught him how to throw a basic punch, which saved his life when he had to defend himself against his mother’s drug dealer. He ended up killing the drug dealer, marking him as a murderer. Criminals continued to pursue him, causing even more tragedy for those who tried to help him. All of this pushed him to ask the same former boxer to teach him how to get stronger, which led him to a rundown gym, his door into the world of professional boxing!
6. Rokudenashi Blues
Genres:Action, Shounen, Sports
Maeda is a first-year student at Teiken High School. When he’s nervous, he stutters and is clumsy. He is immediately noticed because he hits a teacher during the entrance ceremony. Some clubs seek him out because they see him as a force they can use to get even with other clubs. Maeda, on the other hand, is a loner with only one ambition: to become a boxing champion. His first goal is to defeat the boxing club’s leader. “Rokudenashi” translates as “useless.”
5. Saotome Senshu, Hitakakusu
Genres:Comedy, Romance, Sports
Yae Saotome, the Kanto region’s Female Featherweight Champion, has just confessed to Satoru Tsukishima, a fellow high school boxing club member. Satoru is initially overjoyed, but he is unable to accept her feelings because he believes she should be focusing on boxing instead. Yae’s championship is about to be decided, and the entire school is counting on her to represent Tokyo in the Olympics someday. It doesn’t help that he’s nowhere near as talented as she is, and he’s conflicted by the idea of a rising star being in a relationship with someone as ordinary as him.
When their coach learns of the confession, Satoru is assigned as Yae’s trainer so the two can secretly date and spend more time together while still participating in club activities. However, if anyone finds out about the two, their relationship will be over. With that in mind, their innocent and awkward romance begins!
Genres:Action, Drama, Sports
Rikitaro is a musician whose dream is to be a rock star like Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison, but at the age of 27, that dream is quickly fading. Ooishi is a three-time world boxing champion who recently retired and is now working on a boxing reality show. These two unlikely people cross paths one day, but neither of them notices until weeks later.
A record label gives Rikitaro one last chance to sign a deal, but first he must get in better shape so that he can be more easily sold. He comes across a boxing gym, which happens to be the same gym where Ooishi is filming his show. As the wheels of fate begin to turn, neither man realises that they will collaborate to train the best boxer ever, even better than Ooishi himself.
Satoyama and his best friend Kawakami share a crush on Mizutani, a tomboy whose father owns a boxing gym. They both join the gym to get closer to her, but she has a strained relationship with her father and, for some reason, refuses to discuss boxing. When she sees Satoyama’s punch, her heart begins to change; she had given up on boxing, despite being a prodigy, because a woman could never compete with a fully-grown man. But she might be able to train Satoyama to take on the world in her place! Satoyama doesn’t care about the championship, but if it means more time with Mizutani, he’ll do anything!
2. Ashita no Joe
Genres:Action, Drama, Sports
Joe Yabuki is a thief, plain and simple. Danpei Tange, the washout and drunk ex-boxing coach, believes he’s confident, cocky, a con artist and a drifter, and a hell of a fighter. Danpei is so confident in Joe’s ability to be a pro boxer that he gives up drinking and works hard to save money to build a gym; however, Joe has other plans that are not nearly as noble. Can Danpei persuade this loose cannon to don the gloves and box like a world champion?
1. Hajime no Ippo
Genres:Action, Comedy, Drama, Sports
Ippo Makunouchi is a typical and overly shy high school adolescent. His mother owns a fish boat shop, and he is constantly required to assist her, so he has no friends. Ippo, who is constantly bullied as a result of this, wonders what it would be like to be strong. A chance meeting with Takamura Mamoru, a rising Japanese boxer, reveals to Ippo that he possesses an incredible punch. Takamura recognises Ippo’s potential and brings him to Kamogawa Gym. As a result, Ippo embarks on a journey to discover what it’s like to be a winner. Can Ippo become a professional boxer with his fighting spirit?