Makoto Maezono (前園 真, Maezono Makoto), is a non-recurring character in Hajime no Ippo.
Maezono comes with Itagaki's generation of boxers. He started his career as a promising prospect and stood out more than everyone during the West Japan Rookie King Tournament. He made it all the way to the finals, where everyone was expecting him to win. However he completely lost by 1st Round K.O. to Hoshi Hiroyuki, kouhai of Sendō Takeshi
Maezono took part in the Featherweight Class A Tournament where he was matched up against Fukui in the 1st Round of the tournament. The bout came down to a close decision and Maezono emerged as the winner. After winning that match he faced Saeki Takuma, the Speed Star that gained a free pass in the first round due to his high ranking in the JBC Featherweight. He was KO'ed in the 5th Round and with this his way to the tournament was put to an end.
|?||LOSS||?-2-0||1997||Saeki Takuma||Tokyo , Japan||5(8)||KO||Class A Tournament Semi-Finals|
|?||WIN||?-1-0||1997||Fukui Kyosuke||Tokyo , Japan||6(6)||Decision||Class A Tournament Round 1|
|?||LOSS||?-1-0||1995||Hoshi Hiroyuki||Osaka, Japan||?(6)||KO||West Japan Rookie King Tournament Finals|
Maezono, being left handed assumes a Southpaw stance giving him a strategical advantage over most boxers. Since he's never seen boxing (onscreen) it's impossible to determinate if his an In-Fighter or an Out-Boxer.