|Anime:||Round 5 (The Fighting!)|
|Family:||Miyata Ichirō (Son)|
|Occupation:|| Kawahara Boxing Gym Trainer|
Kamogawa Boxing Gym Trainer (Former)
Professional Boxer (Retired)
|Current Affiliation:||Kawahara Boxing Gym|
|Previous Affiliation(s)||Kamogawa Boxing Gym|
|Previous Trainer(s)||Kamogawa Genji|
|Date(s) Retired:||ca. 1980|
|Wins by KO:||Unknown|
|Championships:|| JBC Featherweight Championship|
OPBF Featherweight Championship
His surname is Miyata. In Japan, surnames are listed before given names. Miyata's given name is currently unknown.
Formerly JBC and OPBF featherweight champion, he was an acclaimed boxer with hopes of challenging the world, whose style and technique were a source of admiration for his son, Miyata Ichirō. While in the final round of his seventh title defence, he was defeated by Racoon Boy, with what many refer to as "a lucky punch", despite having the lead in the scorecards. He sustained a terrible injury to his jaw, but it was his mental state that suffered the most.
Unable to overcome his feelings of helplessness, he was convinced that his style was not good enough to defeat raw strength. The defeated champion abandoned the opportunity to make a comeback, and retired permanently from boxing. After retirement, Miyata begins working at the Kamogawa Boxing Gym as a boxing trainer, and his son's personal coach.
When Takamura Mamoru brought in Makunouchi Ippo, Kamogawa Genji had Ippo spar against Miyata Ichirō as a test. Miyata Senior was Miyata's second for the sparring match. After his son's victory, he became shocked when he finds Miyata in the shower room with bruised arms. When the day of the rematch spar arrived, Miyata Senior was his son's second for the spar. After his son's defeat at the hands of the newcomer Ippo, who they both largely underestimated, the father-son duo decided to quit the gym, with hopes of settling the score in an official match. They later joined the Kawahara Boxing Gym, where they began preparations for the upcoming East Japan Rookie King Tournament.
In Miyata's first match in the East Japan Rookie King Tournament, he was as Miyata's cornerman for his match against Takada Teruhiko.
After Ippo won his match against Hayami Ryūichi, Miyata informed his son. On the day of Miyata's match against Mashiba Ryō, he was his son's cornerman, with Miyata eventually losing the match. After Miyata's lost, he saw Ippo and sent him a message he got from Miyata, "Forgive me.".
|LOSS||Randy Boy Senior||KO||Unknown||ca.1980||Unknown||OPBF Championship Match, led to subsequent retirement|
Miyata's father shows obvious telltale signs of old age and, despite being a boxer in his younger years, has lost a significant amount of muscle mass. He has discoloured hair that shows little signs of balding, eyebrows of average thickness, a comparatively large nose and expressive eyes with small dark pupils. His cheekbones and dimples are also shown to be quite prominent in his old age.
In his younger years as a boxer, he was shown to love boxing and his own style of boxing with great passion, a passion he passes on to his son Miyata Ichirō. He appeared confident and was considered a world contender in his prime form. Consequent to his pride-shattering loss against Randy "Raccoon" Boy he retired, melancholic on the fact that his technique was no match for raw strength in the long run. Since then he has been acting as his son's personal trainer, retaining a keen eye and focused seriousness for boxing as he had in his younger years, but little of the enthusiasm.
Fighting Style and Techniques
Miyata's father was an out-boxer who used the same style that his son uses. It was shown that he could win his fights by points, but he would rather finish fights by KO (which lead to the loss to Randy "Raccoon" Boy). He lacked power so he would use counters as his primary weapon to finish his opponents. He used extraordinary speed, timing, and courage. It is revealed that his skills were far greater than his son, when Yagi states that Miyata (who was at the time the OPBF champ and a world ranker) "still has a long ways to go." It is possible that he has the same level boxing sense as genius Itagaki Manabu, since Kamogawa mentions that he experienced the "above ring perspective" that Itagaki experienced during his match against Saeki Takuma.
Like his son, he lacked power in his regular punches. It's also possible that since he has the same style as his son that he shared the same predictability as well. He was not plagued by weight control like his son so stamina was not the problem.