Ichirō Miyata (宮田一郎, Miyata Ichirō) is a recurring character in Hajime no Ippo.
His surname is Miyata. In Japan, surnames are listed before given names.
When Miyata was younger, his father lost to Randy Boy Senior and retired. After hearing that a boxer without strength won't make it to the top, Miyata joined the Kamogawa Boxing Gym in order to prove that his father's boxing is not wrong.
At the age of sixteen and under his father's coaching, Miyata was already considered a prodigy at the Kamogawa Boxing Gym. Said to be even better than a four round boxer and having more experience than anyone of the other members, Miyata was only waiting to turn seventeen, in order to apply for his professional licence.
When new member Makunouchi Ippo arrives at the Kamogawa Boxing Gym, Miyata is chosen to spar against Ippo in order to decide if the newcomer can become a professional boxer or not. With his father in his corner, and pro boxer Takamura Mamoru in his opponent's, Miyata largely underestimates Ippo's skills. However, as the fight goes on, not only Miyata, but everyone present is surprised at Ippo's durability, stamina and determination, which take the fight to the third round. After much struggle, Miyata is finally able to defeat Ippo with his signature counter, and realises just how interesting boxing really is.
Shortly after the spar, a rematch is scheduled by Kamogawa, who is clearly trying to create a rivalry between both aspiring boxers. Despite Ippo's growth, Miyata is so sure that in the upcoming months his growth will be such that the outcome will be the same, that he even tells Ippo that he will win in the first round.
When the day of the sparring session arrives, the confident Miyata is more than surprised to see Ippo's evolution. The latter had not only perfected the techniques displayed in the first fight, but also acquired new moves and a strategy to neutralise the counter that defeated him before. The seemingly even match (refereed by Takamura), is ended in the fourth round when Miyata is unable to get up from a down, despite having full consciousness. It is later revealed by reporter Fujii Minoru (through a photograph taken by him), that Ippo threw an uppercut that landed by roughly a centimetre, making Miyata lose control of his legs, thus making him unable to stand up.
After these events, Miyata quits the gym, in order to be able to officially settle the score with Ippo in the professional ring. Before leaving, he makes a promise with his new-found rival to have a third and final match in the East Japan Rookie King Tournament. Knowing that members of the same gym cannot fight each other, he joins with his father, at the Kawahara Boxing Gym where he prepares himself for the upcoming tournament. After watching Takamura's match, he meets Ippo again talking about Miyata's debut win. Fujii then introduces Miyata and Ippo to Mashiba Ryō, who irritates Miyata.
In the first round of the tournament, Takada Teruhiko was his opponent despite being his opponents speciality, Miyata chose to in-fight, in order to prepare himself for Ippo. In the match that only lasted one round, Miyata dominated from the beginning and finished his opponent with a devastating counter. Miyata visits the Kamogawa Boxing Gym and states to Ippo that he would counter Hayami Ryūichi's Shotgun. He then leaves, saying he will wait for Ippo at the finals.
Miyata hears about Ippo's win against Hayami he then gets fired up to fight Mashiba. On the day of his match, Miyata and Mashiba goes into the ring. The match begins with Miyata having the advantage as he knocks Mashiba down. However, on the second round, Mashiba purposely stepped on Miyata's foot, making Miyata have a huge disadvantage. After taking a bunch of hits, Miyata sees a counter chance, however he couldn't due to his injured foot. Mashiba delivered a huge punch and knocked down Miyata, ending the match and losing the tournament.
After leaving from his high school graduation, Miyata meets Ippo, who had just done the same. Miyata tells Ippo he is going to be fighting oversea in order to fill the gap between them after he won the All Japan Rookie King Tournament.
In Thailand, he fought Rusak Paddy, who he downed two times and ended in a draw. Two months later, his next opponent in Thailand is Jimmy Sisphar, who Miyata's father doesn't want his son fighting. After hearing his father trying to back out from fighting Jimmy, and hearing his father say his punches are light, Miyata demands that he fights Jimmy anyway. He trains his new counter, the Jolt Counter until the match arrives. The match against Jimmy begins, Miyata survives without falling down until the third round where he goes down. In the same third round he attempts to use the Jolt Counter, however he fails and gets hit, making him have a bad fall, he gets up and the round ends. Round four begins, Jimmy goes on the offensive, until Miyata see's a chance to use the Jolt Counter, the counter is a success and Miyata wins the match. With the win in Thailand, he flies to Korea next.
Miyata has his first match back in Japan after fighting 11 match over seas. His match against Li Chon Pir shows how much Miyata improve as he easily beats him. Later on, Miyata goes to Osaka to watch Sendō Takeshi fight Alexander Volg Zangief for the now vacant JBC Featherweight Title. He ends up sitting with Ippo, as he gets his thoughts on them since he previously fought them. Sendo is declared the winner with hometown bias. Miyata tells Ippo that he has Volg leading with point, but there is no point in railing agains the decision since it was a good match.
(Anime Only) Miyata attends Ippo's JBC title match against Sendō Takeshi.
imura explains the situation to Miyata, but the latter says he is not one to help without reason and walks away. Kimura follows him after saying he does not want to run away, even if Mashiba is the monster who scared the first and second seeds away. While running, they encounter a group of people who are the type Kimura used to be. Seeing this, Kimura explains how much he loves boxing, and the reasons for which he wants the belt. Miyata then tells him he has an OPBF title bout scheduled and is willing to help Kimura if in return he helps him training for the OPBF champion who is an Out-Boxer as well.
As they get ready to spar, Miyata tells Kimura that there is no way he can actually seal or nullify Mashiba's ability to throw the flicker jab, since it is only a jab. He further states that even if he could, he still would not be able to beat him because he has one major weakness. Kimura is confused given the fact that Miyata had told him earlier that he had no weakness. Miyata decides to demonstrate what he means, and the sparing match begins.
Being an Out-Boxer, Kimura is able to predict Miyata's moves, and lands some significant punches, however, despite not being an In-Fighter, Miyata keeps pressing forward while being hit, until he is within range and starts attacking Kimura. After this, the match ends with Kimura being knocked out. After being explained by Miyata that what he meant was that despite not having any particular weakness, he has no strengths either, Kimura reflects on other strong boxer's sunday punches.
While in the middle of roadwork, Miyata encounters Aoki. Aoki gives him the tapes and asks if Kimura has a chance of winning. Miyata refuses to respond, and Aoki explains that due to his age, it might be Kimura's last chance. He then gets on his knees and begs Miyata to help Kimura give the best he has. He begs him to help him go through the match with no regrets and they part ways.
As he analyzes the videos, Kimura realizes just how many levels apart he and Mashiba are. Struggling to find an answer to Mashiba's technique, Kimura then realizes that what Out-Boxers hate the most is someone constantly pushing forward. He then realizes that was the reason for which Miyata would keep fighting at close range despite being an out-boxer himself. After that, he decides to start pressing forward for the remaining of his training. During the usual sparring session with Miyata, Kimura is finally able to successfully enter Miyata's space, but to his shock, realizes that even once inside he has no weapons to attack with.
While later, Kimura returns with a new skill and tries it on Miyata. In the sparring match with Miyata, Kimura attempts the move he has been practicing, but misses. However, Miyata tells him that if he polishes the move, Mashiba will be unable to remain standing. Kimura tells them he will not be returning, and says all he has left to do is polish the move.
Kimura is helping Miyata get ready for his OPBF title match, as a way of thanking him for helping him out with the Mashiba fight. Miyata goes down three times in one sparring match. Kimura tells him to not hold back, but Miyata states he is as serious as ever. Miyata's father then ends the spar and orders his son to start only light practice. He then explains to Kimura that the reason for which Miyata fought once a month during his trip, was because it would be impossible to make weight if he waited any longer. Kimura states that if he will not be at full power, fighting as a Featherweight makes no sense, but Miyata's father lets him know that Miyata refuses to go up a division. Miyata then interrupts them and says there is no reason to worry, and to please not tell anyone about it; especially Ippo.
When Kimura leaves, Miyata corrects his father by telling him that he was not at full power during a simple spar. He considers the weight management similar to sharpening a pencil in the way that as his body gets weaker, his concentration gets sharper like the end of the pencil.
At weigh in, Miyata is at the full limit. Miyata doesn't shake hands with Arnie, and mentions to Mr. Sakaguchi that instead of searching for the next opponent, he should be searching for his next job instead once the match is over. Arnie will not have his belt, and you will also be out of work as his manager.
Before making their way to the ring, Miyata and his father have a discussion in where the former say he knows the latter worries more than usual in fear of his son losing on the same stage he did. A confident Miyata however, promises to prove that their style will be successful not only in the orient, but in the entire world.
During the match, Miyata had to over come Arnie Gregory's Bloody Cross to be able to beat him to become the new OPBF Featherweight Champion. After being told by Fujii that Sakaguchi was fired by Gregory, Miyata meets the former champion in the waiting room. Gregory is intrigued as to how Miyata was able to keep pushing forward despite the damage inflicted. He responds that it was only "spirit", to which Gregory says he must have more spirit than anyone. Before leaving, Gregory warns Miyata about Sakaguchi, who might want revenge against him. Miyata tells him there is no reason to worry, as the belt he just won will not be taken by anyone.
After being humiliated by Martinez, Ippo is told that he is the shame of the nation by Takamura, who forces him to go over to Date and apologize for putting pressure on him.
When Ippo arrives at the Nakadai Boxing Gym, he sees Date in a sparring match against non other than Miyata. The entirety of the match is a demonstration of Date's skills, as the helpless OPBF champion has no answer to the veteran's moves. Date not only dodges but attacks at the same time, and even beats Miyata in what he is supposed to be better at. Miyata encounters Ippo on his way out, and they begin talking. With both of them being beaten by both participants of the upcoming title match, they reflect on how despite being OPBF and JBC champions, they are still nothing compared to the world level.
Miyata confronts Ippo about turning down his challenge for a match. When he finds out that Ippo did know about it, Miyata realises that Kamogawa turned it because he know the Dempsey Roll is weak to Counters.
Miyata watches Ippo vs Sawamura in order to see Ippo overcome the Dempsey Roll's weakness, the counter.
Miyata head to Kamogawa Boxing Gym in order to pick up Takamura Mamoru for a training camp. While there he notices Ippo struggle against Imai Kyōsuke in a sparring match. In the car ride to camp, Miyata explains that Ippo is like a bell. People with different techniques will get a different timbre of sound out of the bell. In response to a strong opponent, his proficiency rises.
During the training camp, Miyata has a hard time catching up to Takamura. When Miyata sees Takamura fishing, he joins him and tries his luck at it after Takamura has trouble catching fish. Miyata tries fishing like a counter, but he also doesn't catch any fish. As Takamura keeps laughing at him, Miyata punches Takamura.
After being surprised that he was able to land a punch on Takamura, Miyata starts to wonder if something is wrong with him. During the camp, Takamura tells Miyata that his punch weak, and spars with him to prove it. In the spar, Miyata throws a punch only to be swatted away, and Miyata easily losing the spar after getting knocked out.
When he wakes up, he meets with Takamura fishing. He apologizes for punching Takamura, but Takamura tells him it felt like a "Mosquito Bite", which disappoints Miyata. Takamura then shows Miyata how to put his full body weight in his punches by having him put his left hand closer to his body. Takamura tells him by pulling his left hand away from his body, it makes it easier to throw punches, but it lowers his effective power. Where as, bring it closer to the bod will pull out the power from his back. Takamura also mentions another issue is his lower body stance, where he has a lack of stamina. When Miyata leaves, he starts wondering if there is something wrong with Takamura's eye, since he has a bad feeling about it. He calls Ippo about it, but he isn't able to confirm anything.
During Miyata's match against Medgoen Dachboy, Miyata runs into Mr. Sakaguchi again. Miyata was able to beat him, but according to Mr Sakaguchi he was able to find Miyata's weakness during the match. After winning the match, the crowd discusses Miyata's future of challenging the World, but change to talks about a potential Ippo vs Miyata match up instead.
Prior to Takamura's match with Eagle, Miyata asks Ippo about what he learned about Takamura's eye.
Now that Miyata's match with Ippo is set, he needs to defend his OPBF title for the 5th time against Che Jounbong. For the first few rounds, the match is one side in Miyata's favor, where Che get KD quite a few times but he continues to stand and continue to fight. During the 3rd Round, Miyata notices a familiar face in the crowd, Mr. Sakaguchi. He also notices a person (Randy Boy Junior) sitting next to Mr. Sakaguchi that looks familiar to him, but can't place him.
Miyata starts thinking about who that person might be, and he becomes distracted in his match allowing Che to land some punches on him. As Miyata tries to get away from Che, Che steps on Miyata's foot (similar to what Mashiba did to him in the Rookie King Tournament) preventing him from getting away. Che continues to land punches on Miyata. While Miyata is getting hit, he is still trying to remember who the person next to Mr. Sakaguchi is.
Che Jounbong headbutts Miyata while he is distracted, and elbows him too. Miyata can't use his legs to get away. Miyata gets trapped in the corner unable to move, as Che is going in for the kill, Miyata tries to land a counter on him but he doesn't because he is distracted. Instead of taking a down from it, Miyata continues to stands.
Right as Che goes in for the kill again, the Ref stop the match in order for a doctor to check out Miyata's cut (from the headbutt) that is bleeding. Che's coach thinks the ref is cheating in order to let Miyata rest. The doctor wants to stop the fight to be on the safe side, but Miyata doesn't want him to because he really wants to fight Ippo.
Miyata turns around and gets ready to continues to fight against Che over the doctor and ref's objection, while the crowd cheers him on. The ref continues the match.
Miyata's shaky on his legs and still distracted. Che continues to land punches on him. Che goes in for the kill, while Miyata is getting angry and starts to trade hits with Che instead. Miyata continues to slug it out with Che.
Miyata ends up landing a cross counter on Che, but Che continues to stand like it was nothing. Miyata continues to slug it out, where he is landing more and more punches on Che. Che ends up taking a down from it. The ref needs to steps in between Che and Miyata to stop the fight since Miyata is continuing to throw punches while Che is down. The ref declares Miyata the winner in the 4th Round. Miyata realizes this match was his worst match, and he decides not to stick around for the interview afterwords.
In the locker room, Miyata's father mentions that the fight with Ippo needs to be called off because Miyata broke his fits during the fight. He wants to rescheduled the fight once Miyata is healed.
In order to prepare for his upcoming match against the Interim Champion, Miyata needed a tune up match to get rid of any potential rust he might have from the long break. They picked the Filipino Rank #2 in Donnie Sultan.
During the match, Miyata tries out his new counter that Takamura helped him with during their training camp. Donnie throws a huge swing, thinking he finally caught Miyata, and goes in for the kill. Except Miyata suddenly disappears and reappears right next him and throws a punch at Donnie's tip of the jaw. After Miyata throws it, he starts walking back to his corner while Donnie falls (like a puppet with his string's cut.) Miyata wins the match.
Kida and his coach ask Miyata why he used the new counter this match, when the Interim Champion will probably be studying it now. Miyata tells them they don't need to worry since the next match, his counters will be useless on him. Miyata Senior doesn't know who Randy Boy Junior is, but Miyata does and would gladly accept destiny match between them.
He was supposed to fight Ippo as promised at that point, but due to a series of events that would come to be called fate, the match didn't happen. Miyata broke his fists in the fight preceding his match with Ippo and took three months off to recover. During that interval, Randy Boy Junior became the Interim Champion. Miyata then cancelled his match with Ippo, much to everyone's confusion.
The reason was Randy: Randy's father, Racoon Boy, was the man who ended Miyata's father's boxing career, and somehow, like Miyata, Randy had inherited his father's boxing style. Miyata saw the fight as an opportunity to avenge his father and prove once and for all that his father's boxing was superior.
The match pushed Miyata to his limits, taking him into the 7th round -- the longest he had ever gone in the ring -- with seemingly no chance of winning. However, thanks to his father's clever coaching in uppercuts, Miyata managed to defeat the switch hitter with a comeback KO.
The actual KO punch was not a move Miyata had learned or practised. Randy calls it "Red Lightning", and his father says it heralds the emergence of Miyata's own unique style.
Miyata spars with Kojima Hisato prior to his match with Ippo.
Go to the World
Miyata watches Ippo's match against Alfredo.
Miyata defends his OPBF title for a 7th time against Luisito Ico. Miyata starts the 1st Round on Offense. With his sharp left and right combinations that chip away at Luisito's Guard. The match ends when Miyata's counter lands. He loses against the Champion in the 1st round via TKO. After the match, Miyata is interviewed, and asked what he thinks about his opponent, and Miyata mentions "Not Much." When asked about his future plans after 7th OPBF title defense, he doesn't have any goal.
Sendo confronts Miyata after the match, where he needs to forget about Ippo, and change weight classes, or challenge Martinez.
For a Final Tuning before Nagumo's World Title match, he goes to Kawahara Boxing Gym to spar with Miyata. Miyata doesn't want to wear any headgear for the spar, and Nagumo doesn't want to either. His coach starts to object because he has a World Title match, but Negumo mentions they could stop it if it gets too risky. Miyata Senior mentions to Miyata that Nagumo is not wearing headgear since Miyata provoked him. He tells Miyata that Nagumo's speed is a real threat.
The spar starts and Miyata tries to land a counter but Nagumo slipped away and killed the impact. Nagumo starts to use his speed, and was able to counter Miyata. Miyata Senior notes that Nagumi favors his left. Nagumi throws a left again and Miyata looks to counter it. Miyata Senior stops the spar.
The reporters think Nagumo was able to push Miyata the whole time, and think Nagumo can take on the World. They ask Miyata for his impressions. Miyata says "He's strong. I'll admit that." Nagumo wanted to spar a little longer. His coach is happy and think if they can maintain the momentum then, Nagumo will win the World title in 3 weeks. Miyata mentions that Nagumo's speed is a real threat, and his rhythm is hard to read. He doesn't think the World Champion will enjoy that fight.
Miyata received a ticket to Nagumo's World Title match as a thank you for the spar. When he goes, he meets up with Ippo, who also received a ticket. When the match is about to spar, Miyata and Ippo are singled out and put on TV to help hype Nagumo's accomplishments.
Ippo mentions that he read in a magazine that Nagumo beat him in a spar too, and thinks they are alike. Miyata asks Ippo what happened in his spar. He wonders if Ippo seriously go down to "that", since it been bother him.
Ippo wonders if Miyata held back during their spar. Miyata once again asks if Ippo really lost to Nagumo. Ippo mention he really did knock him down, where he couldn't keep up with his speed, and landed two solid lefts on him. Miyata mentions that it was clear as soon as they matched up that Nagumo might be unpredictable, but he's clearly not World Class. He had to stop himself from getting too into it. If he had fought seriously, he would have probably injured him and ruined his World title shots. So he held back instead. Miyata just couldn't believe Ippo could go down to "that". Ippo thinks that Nagumo has a chance, but Miyata tells Ippo didn't he learn from his last match that the World Stage isn't easy.
Miyata has his eighth title defence as the OPBF featherweight champion. When the match starts, Miyata quickly got his opponent to go down two times. However, his punches were not sharp enough, and by round eight he began to get visibly exhausted. Miyata struggles to gather energy for a full-powered punch and receives multiple body blows. Miyata then wonders what he's suppose to do if he can never cross Ippo's path again, and is angry he never got to experience Ippo's punches as a pro. Despite the attempts to knock his opponent down, the match ends on the twelfth round with Miyata winning by decision. On the way home, Miyata finds a small black cat and takes him home.
A few days later at the Márquez, the manager argues with Miyata about the stray cat flyer on the window how no one will claim it. When his manager asks Miyata to keep the cat, he states that his apartment building doesn't allow pets. When his manager starts hitting on Miyata, he mentions that he might end up quitting. The manager refuses to hear Miyata's statement of leaving. Eventually, Miyata decides to stay as Aoki and Tomiko come up to the counter. Aoki asks if the reason why Miyata's last match was bad, was because of weight management or because of a certain someone's retirement, Miyata avoids the question. As Aoki leaves, he claims Miyata shouldn't wait any longer and move up to the next stage. Kimura then enters the store. Kimura states that Miyata shouldn't be working at a convenience store, as he's one step away from becoming a world champion. Kimura gets shocked after asking him what his wage is, as it is unusually high. Kimura then leaves, claiming that everyone has high hopes for him and to not squander his talent.
Takamura enters the store, asking about the missing cat flier. Takamura makes fun of Miyata after finding out that he owns the cat and named it "Sarate". Takamura tells Miyata that he shouldn't be stuck in the same place and to live up to his potential. Miyata then asks for the manager to kick Takamura out. After that fails, Miyata calls the police on him. Miyata then returns home, remembering what the three boxers said to him.
Miyata meets Ippo at the tree with the line. He questions Ippo about the arm weights that Ippo replies is just a habit. Ippo tells Miyata to not fixate on him as he will never return to the ring again and to switch weight classes in order to not suffer at featherweight. Miyata replies that he will switch depending on Ippo's answer to the next question. Miyata asks who told Ippo that he is Punch Drunk. Seeing Ippo unable to answer, Miyata walks away, telling him that what lies ahead will be his decision.
|28||WIN||26-1-1||1999||Unknown||Tokyo, Japan||12R||Decision||OPBF Title 8th Defense Match|
|27||WIN||25-1-1||1998||Luisito Ico||Tokyo, Japan||1R||KO||OPBF Title 7th Defense Match|
|26||WIN||24-1-1||1997-04-15||Randy Boy Junior||Yokohama, Japan||7R||TKO||OPBF Unification Match (6th Defense)|
|25||WIN||23-1-1||1996-10||Donnie Sultan||Tokyo, Japan||1R||KO||Non-Title Match|
|24||WIN||22-1-1||1996-01-27||Che Jounbong||Tokyo, Japan||4R||KO||OPBF Title 5th Defense Match|
|23||WIN||21-1-1||1995-08-15||Medgoen Dachboy||Yokohama, Japan||5R||KO||OPBF Title 4th Defense Match|
|22||WIN||20-1-1||Unknown||Unknown||KO||OPBF Title 3rd Defense Match|
|21||WIN||19-1-1||Unknown||Unknown||KO||OPBF Title 2nd Defense Match|
|20||WIN||18-1-1||Unknown||Unknown||KO||OPBF Title 1st Defense Match|
|19||WIN||17-1-1||1994-04||Arnie Gregory||Tokyo, Japan||4R 1:34||KO||OPBF Featherweight Title Match|
|18||WIN||16-1-1||1993-05||Li Chon Pir||Tokyo, Japan||3R 1:23||KO||Non-Title Match|
First Match Back in Japan
|17||WIN||15-1-1||Unknown||Unknown||12R||Decision||Overseas Match 11|
|16||WIN||14-1-1||Unknown||Philippines||KO||Overseas Match 10|
|15||WIN||13-1-1||Unknown||Philippines||KO||Overseas Match 9|
|14||WIN||12-1-1||Unknown||Philippines||KO||Overseas Match 8|
|13||WIN||11-1-1||Unknown||Philippines||KO||Overseas Match 7|
|12||WIN||10-1-1||Unknown||Korea||KO||Overseas Match 6|
|11||WIN||9-1-1||Unknown||Korea||KO||Overseas Match 5|
|10||WIN||8-1-1||Unknown||Korea||KO||Overseas Match 4|
|9||WIN||7-1-1||1992||Unknown||Korea||KO||Overseas Match 3|
|8||WIN||6-1-1||1992-07||Jimmy Sisphar||Bangkok, Thailand||4R||TKO||Overseas Match 2|
|7||DRAW||5-1-1||1992-06||Rusak Paddy||Samut Prakan, Thailand||6R||Decision||Comeback Match|
Overseas Match 1
|6||LOSS||5-1-0||1991-11||Mashiba Ryō||Tokyo, Japan||3R 2:22||KO||East Japan Rookie King Tournament (Semi-Finals Round)|
|5||WIN||5-0-0||1991-9||Akihiko Kaji||Tokyo, Japan||1R||KO||East Japan Rookie King Tournament (Second Round)|
|4||WIN||4-0-0||1991-7||Takada Teruhiko||Tokyo, Japan||1R||TKO||East Japan Rookie King Tournament (First Round)|
|1||WIN||1-0-0||1990-10||Unknown||Tokyo, Japan||1R 1:33||KO||Pro Debut|
- VS Makunouchi Ippo 3R KO Loss (Match Simulation)
- VS Makunouchi Ippo 4R KO Win (Match Simulation)
- VS Kimura Tatsuya
- VS Date Eiji
- VS Imai Kyōsuke
- VS Sendō Takeshi
- VS Kojima Hisato
- VS Nagumo Ryuji
|Preceded by||Title||Succeeded by|
|Arnie Gregory||OPBF Featherweight Champion|
AppearancePhysically resembling Kimura Tatsuya, Miyata is a tall and fit boxer with jet-black hair. His eyes are dark red in colour and he is also said to be handsome, with most of his matches garnering female spectators who encourage him to "not get hit in the face".
As a child, Miyata was extremely cheerful. He set his father as a role model and went to many of his matches, but after his father's defeat at the hands of Randy Boy Senior and subsequent retirement from boxing, Miyata became calm and serious. There are few instances in which he is seen smiling, such as after defeating Jimmy Sisphar and Randy Boy Junior, when Mr. Sakaguchi's assault was posted in the newspaper and while sparring with Sendō Takeshi.
He is very stubborn, as evident in his refusal to move up to another weight class to ease the severity of his weight control, and when he didn't want to learn uppercuts to defeat Randy Boy Junior. However, he has his reasons for being stubborn, namely his promise to Ippo and his pride in his father's boxing. Miyata is also prideful and dislikes being disrespected. Sendō playfully slaps him in the back of the head, he throws a glove at him and tells him to get in the ring.
He is particularly close to Takamura Mamoru, Kimura Tatsuya and Makunouchi Ippo, but doesn't have many friends outside of his former gym mates. Miyata is also among the characters in the series with no love interests. Miyata has shown fluency in speaking Thai and English.
Miyata is an out boxer cut of the same cloth as his father. He possesses extraordinary speed, courage and timing; throughout the series, his speed has evolved to the point where he now disappears from his opponent's sight. Since he doesn't have much innate power, his primary weapons are counter punches, because they rely on the opponent's momentum to deal damage. He could win many matches on points, but aims for KO wins to prove the supremacy of his style. He is also able to memorise his opponent's attacks with his body, so no single punch can work on him twice.
He starts out almost all matches the same way, by throwing a large number of only small jabs and circling the opponent as much as possible. This is actually a trick as Miyata will pretend he's going at his full speed to make his opponent over-confident about catching him. When a big punch is thrown he will speed up and counter. Miyata will repeat this pattern, speeding up gradually throughout the fight, though he rarely has to as he continues to master it.
Sawamura Ryūhei's and Miyata's counters have been compared numerous times. The difference is that Sawamura strikes his opponent whenever he sees an opening; Miyata only steps into his opponent's punches when they are fully in motion. The result can be seen in Miyata's KO ratio, which even rivals Ippo's.
Miyata is regarded as the third most talented boxer in the series, behind Ricardo Martinez and Takamura Mamoru.
Since Miyata is a counter specialist, all of his punches are potential Sunday punches.
- Detroit Style
- Jolt Counter
- Cross Counter
- Flicker Jab
- Motionless Jab
- Pin-Point Counter
- Corkscrew Counter
- Speed Hell - The moment in which Miyata decides to go full speed. He can launch a flurry of different punches from many different angles, and advances so quickly that to his opponent it looks as if they're staring down several Miyata's at once. It was first shown during his fight with Randy Boy Jr. when Miyata felt like he had to compensate for Randy Boy's constant switch hitting with more speed. Takamura (as well as his then opponent Bryan Hawk) also used this move, but since Miyata is a Featherweight his Speed Hell is much faster. Speed Hell drains Miyata of his already low energy reserves.
- Southpaw Hitman Style - used during his match with Mashiba as a feint. Miyata performed a shoulder block to deflect one of Mashiba's flicker jabs, then closed in and performed a cross counter to Mashiba's jaw.
- Flicker Jab - to be demonstrate and used for his sparring against Kimura. However Miyata used it for once so that Kimura could learned on how to evade Flicker Jabs against Mashiba for the Champion Carnival Junior Lightweight.
Miyata's father has pointed out that his regular punches lack power, and Sawamura has said that although his counters are powerful, they are also predictable. Sendō Takeshi also made this apparent by dodging every punch Miyata threw at him during a spar, having realized that he was always aiming for the head. He went as far to say that his fighting style is far too simple for the world stage. Miyata's maybe biggest problem is his stubbornness to use counter-boxing, having no other big punches in his repertoire. Takamura helps to improve Miyata's counters by informing him of his tendency to just use his arms with no rotation, rather than putting his entire back into it.
Like Takamura, Miyata often has problems with cutting weight. In addition to this, and possibly as a result of it, he is very susceptible to body blows. It has been stated that Miyata's build should be limited at the Jr. Lightweight and Lightweight divisions. As such he kept up a brutal pace of one match a month to keep himself at the maximum allowed weight for the Featherweight Division.
- Miyata's fighting style is modelled after Sugar Ray Leonard, and his appearance is modelled after Takahashi Naoto (who also runs Morikawa's boxing gym JB Sports Gym). 
- The fight poster for Miyata vs Luisito Ico in Chapter 1126 had listed the incorrect fight record for Miyata (21 matches, 19 wins, 17 KO's, 1 draw) when it came out in Weekly Shonen Magazine. When the chapter was later released in volume 114, Miyata's fight record was changed to 25 matches, 23 wins, 21 KO's 1 loss, 1 draw.
- In Round 199, Ippo mentions that Miyata fought 4 Korean Boxer, 4 Filipinos, and 3 Thailand Boxers while over seas. His record is 10 wins, 1 Draw, and 8 KO's. Even thought it only mentions Miyata fighting two times in Thailand, and heading for Korea afterwords.