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|japanese_voice = [[Yoshino Hiroyuki]]}}'''Akira Shigeta''' (茂田 晃, ''Shigeta Akira'') is a non-recurring character in ''[[Hajime no Ippo]]''.
'''Akira Shigeta''' (茂田 晃, ''Shigeta Akira'') is a non-recurring character in ''[[Hajime no Ippo]]''.
 
   
 
He is a [[featherweight]] [[southpaw]] professional [[Boxing|boxer]] who sparred against [[Makunouchi Ippo]], as well as being the first southpaw opponent for Ippo, and who fought against [[Sendō Takeshi]] for the [[Japanese Boxing Commission|JBC]] championship belt.
 
He is a [[featherweight]] [[southpaw]] professional [[Boxing|boxer]] who sparred against [[Makunouchi Ippo]], as well as being the first southpaw opponent for Ippo, and who fought against [[Sendō Takeshi]] for the [[Japanese Boxing Commission|JBC]] championship belt.
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====[[Lallapallooza Arc]]====
 
====[[Lallapallooza Arc]]====
When the match starts, Sendō was struggling against Shigeta, because he is not used to the southpaw stance. By the time Ippo returns to watch the match, Sendō was getting repeatedly hit by Shigeta's jab. Sendō thrown his Smash punch, but Shigeta easily deflected it. The first round ended with a dominate performance from Shigeta, where it made Sendō frustrated. Sendō takes it personaly, while Shigeta thought Ippo and Sendō don't amount to much outside of their strengths with nothing else.
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When the match began, Sendō was struggling against Shigeta, because he is not used to the southpaw stance. By the time Ippo returns to watch the match, Sendō was getting repeatedly hit by Shigeta's jab. Sendō thrown his Smash punch, but Shigeta easily deflected it. The first round ended with a dominate performance from Shigeta, where it made Sendō frustrated. Sendō takes it personally, while Shigeta thought Ippo and Sendō don't amount to much outside of their strengths with nothing else.
   
 
In the 2nd round, Sendō noticed that Shigeta's punches seem different, where Shigeta's non-dominate arm is quite strong. As Sendō faltered, Shigeta goes for the finish, but he received a body blow instead sent him back. Before for Sendō could attempt a one-hit KO, Shigeta countered with a hook that started to effect Sendō legs, which caused him to clinch for the first time. During the clinch, Shigeta taunted to Sendō, "Is this all you got?"
 
In the 2nd round, Sendō noticed that Shigeta's punches seem different, where Shigeta's non-dominate arm is quite strong. As Sendō faltered, Shigeta goes for the finish, but he received a body blow instead sent him back. Before for Sendō could attempt a one-hit KO, Shigeta countered with a hook that started to effect Sendō legs, which caused him to clinch for the first time. During the clinch, Shigeta taunted to Sendō, "Is this all you got?"
   
Extremely upset, Sendō wildly swings at Shigeta with no success, and in turned cornered by Shigeta instead. Kamogawa commented that Shigeta is actually a right handed boxer that adopted the southpaw stance, where Shigeta's jabs are actually right straights. As the bell rings, Shigeta preforms a victory post infront of Sendō. Overwhelmed by emotions, Sendō is unable to react, and slowly walks to his corner.
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Extremely upset, Sendō wildly swings at Shigeta with no success, and in turned cornered by Shigeta instead. Kamogawa commented that Shigeta is actually a right handed boxer that adopted the southpaw stance, where Shigeta's jabs are actually right straights. As the bell rings, Shigeta preforms a victory post in front of Sendō. Overwhelmed by emotions, Sendō is unable to react, and slowly walks to his corner. In Shigeta's corner, Shigeta was satisfied at the crowd's reaction and goes out for the third round.
 
Back to his corner in a state of shock. Sendō's grandmother noted that Sendō is a fool worring about "the little things" and ignoring the fans's calls. In Shigeta's corner, Shigeta was satisfied at the crowd's reaction and goes out for the third round.
 
   
 
The 3rd round starts with Shigeta landing a hit that leaves Sendō confused as his fans beg him to not fall. With Sendō on the ropes, Shigeta was ready to finish him, but caught in a clinch by the champion. Shigeta used the opportunity to once again ask if that is all he has, and further states he and Ippo are worthless. When they separate, Shigeta thrown an attack intending to end the match, but Sendō barely dodges. As Shigeta about ready to throw another, Sendō with a quick dash, makes his way in before the challenger can throw. Now face to face, Sendō wastes no time and delivers a body blow that leaves Shigeta in pain.
 
The 3rd round starts with Shigeta landing a hit that leaves Sendō confused as his fans beg him to not fall. With Sendō on the ropes, Shigeta was ready to finish him, but caught in a clinch by the champion. Shigeta used the opportunity to once again ask if that is all he has, and further states he and Ippo are worthless. When they separate, Shigeta thrown an attack intending to end the match, but Sendō barely dodges. As Shigeta about ready to throw another, Sendō with a quick dash, makes his way in before the challenger can throw. Now face to face, Sendō wastes no time and delivers a body blow that leaves Shigeta in pain.
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Sendō's powerful shot causes Shigeta to lose his mouthpiece and fall to the floor. As Shigeta lies in pain, his trainer yells at him to stand up. Shigeta gets on his feet and appears to be calm, as he expected the current situation could happen. He remembers the plan for the right-cross counter and is ready to keep fighting. As Sendō closes in with a left, Shigeta throws his counter, but Sendō's new speed is more than Shigeta can handle. Sending Shigeta to the ropes with a powerful blow, Sendō is relentless and keeps hitting Shigeta despite the fact that he is unconscious while standing.
 
Sendō's powerful shot causes Shigeta to lose his mouthpiece and fall to the floor. As Shigeta lies in pain, his trainer yells at him to stand up. Shigeta gets on his feet and appears to be calm, as he expected the current situation could happen. He remembers the plan for the right-cross counter and is ready to keep fighting. As Sendō closes in with a left, Shigeta throws his counter, but Sendō's new speed is more than Shigeta can handle. Sending Shigeta to the ropes with a powerful blow, Sendō is relentless and keeps hitting Shigeta despite the fact that he is unconscious while standing.
   
Ippo yells at Sendō to stop, but Kamogawa remarks that he is trying to kill him, and yells at Shigeta's corner to throw the towel. Despite this, Shigeta's trainer was still hopeful that he would manage to pull through and allowed the match to continue rather than throwing in the towel. [[Kamogawa Genji|Kamogawa]] later said that "the fact that he pushed Sendō proves he had potential, but his second destroyed him. This is the end of his boxing career." When the referee stops Sendō, Shigeta finally falls to the canvas and Sendō is declared the winner without a count. Sendō makes his way to the downed Shigeta and kneels in front of him. However, despite the gentleman attitude everyone assumes Sendō was having, Sendō told Shigeta that since he probably will not be fighting ever again, he will let him know (as a response to the continuous taunts) "That's what I got!".
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Despite this, Shigeta's trainer was still hopeful that he would manage to pull through and allowed the match to continue rather than throwing in the towel. When the referee stops Sendō, Shigeta finally falls to the canvas and Sendō is declared the winner without a count. Sendō makes his way to the downed Shigeta and kneels in front of him. Sendō told Shigeta that since he probably will not be fighting ever again, he will let him know (as a response to the continuous taunts) "That's what I got!".
   
After the match, Ippo and Kamogawa visit Shigeta to see how he is. They notice Shigeta lying unconscious in wait for an ambulance. As his trainer expresses regret for not stopping the fight, Shigeta wakes up unable to remember the ending of the fight, but realizes he has lost. Ippo notices how even at that point, his eyes are still not focused, and Kamogawa notices the boxer's reaction to his trainer's hand when it gets close to his face. Kamogawa mentions to Ippo later that Shigeta has a "Punch Eye", and that he is in a very bad condition.
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After the match, Ippo and Kamogawa visit Shigeta to see how he is. They notice Shigeta lying unconscious in wait for an ambulance. As his trainer expresses regret for not stopping the fight, Shigeta wakes up unable to remember the ending of the fight, but realised he had lost. Shigeta then became shocked and jerked bis head back when his trainer moved his hand toward his face to fix his towel due to Shigeta having [[Punch Eye (phobia)|Punch Eye]]. Shigeta then left the stadium, hoping to do better next time.
   
 
==Match History==
 
==Match History==

Revision as of 09:59, November 10, 2019

Akira Shigeta (茂田 晃, Shigeta Akira) is a non-recurring character in Hajime no Ippo.

He is a featherweight southpaw professional boxer who sparred against Makunouchi Ippo, as well as being the first southpaw opponent for Ippo, and who fought against Sendō Takeshi for the JBC championship belt.

Shigeta was the East and All Japan featherweight rookie king of his generation which by using the unorthodox southpaw style, he made his way up the Japanese ranks, until he became featherweight's fourth ranker; where he got to challenge Sendō for the championship belt.

History

Part I

Mountain Training Arc

Ippo vs Shigeta

Shigeta fighting against Ippo.

After Ippo returned from his training camp in the mountains, Shigeta and his coach stopped by Kamogawa Boxing Gym for a sparring match against him in order to gain confidence for his upcoming JBC title match against Sendō, which was a month away. When the spar began, Shigeta dominated Ippo from the very beginning with his quick jabs. Without any experience fighting against a southpaw, Ippo struggled against Shigeta. The spar continued on with Shigeta dominating until the bell rang for the final time. Shigeta and his coach left the Kamogawa gym in high spirits for their upcoming title match.

Lallapallooza Arc

When the match began, Sendō was struggling against Shigeta, because he is not used to the southpaw stance. By the time Ippo returns to watch the match, Sendō was getting repeatedly hit by Shigeta's jab. Sendō thrown his Smash punch, but Shigeta easily deflected it. The first round ended with a dominate performance from Shigeta, where it made Sendō frustrated. Sendō takes it personally, while Shigeta thought Ippo and Sendō don't amount to much outside of their strengths with nothing else.

In the 2nd round, Sendō noticed that Shigeta's punches seem different, where Shigeta's non-dominate arm is quite strong. As Sendō faltered, Shigeta goes for the finish, but he received a body blow instead sent him back. Before for Sendō could attempt a one-hit KO, Shigeta countered with a hook that started to effect Sendō legs, which caused him to clinch for the first time. During the clinch, Shigeta taunted to Sendō, "Is this all you got?"

Extremely upset, Sendō wildly swings at Shigeta with no success, and in turned cornered by Shigeta instead. Kamogawa commented that Shigeta is actually a right handed boxer that adopted the southpaw stance, where Shigeta's jabs are actually right straights. As the bell rings, Shigeta preforms a victory post in front of Sendō. Overwhelmed by emotions, Sendō is unable to react, and slowly walks to his corner. In Shigeta's corner, Shigeta was satisfied at the crowd's reaction and goes out for the third round.

The 3rd round starts with Shigeta landing a hit that leaves Sendō confused as his fans beg him to not fall. With Sendō on the ropes, Shigeta was ready to finish him, but caught in a clinch by the champion. Shigeta used the opportunity to once again ask if that is all he has, and further states he and Ippo are worthless. When they separate, Shigeta thrown an attack intending to end the match, but Sendō barely dodges. As Shigeta about ready to throw another, Sendō with a quick dash, makes his way in before the challenger can throw. Now face to face, Sendō wastes no time and delivers a body blow that leaves Shigeta in pain.

Sendō's powerful shot causes Shigeta to lose his mouthpiece and fall to the floor. As Shigeta lies in pain, his trainer yells at him to stand up. Shigeta gets on his feet and appears to be calm, as he expected the current situation could happen. He remembers the plan for the right-cross counter and is ready to keep fighting. As Sendō closes in with a left, Shigeta throws his counter, but Sendō's new speed is more than Shigeta can handle. Sending Shigeta to the ropes with a powerful blow, Sendō is relentless and keeps hitting Shigeta despite the fact that he is unconscious while standing.

Despite this, Shigeta's trainer was still hopeful that he would manage to pull through and allowed the match to continue rather than throwing in the towel. When the referee stops Sendō, Shigeta finally falls to the canvas and Sendō is declared the winner without a count. Sendō makes his way to the downed Shigeta and kneels in front of him. Sendō told Shigeta that since he probably will not be fighting ever again, he will let him know (as a response to the continuous taunts) "That's what I got!".

After the match, Ippo and Kamogawa visit Shigeta to see how he is. They notice Shigeta lying unconscious in wait for an ambulance. As his trainer expresses regret for not stopping the fight, Shigeta wakes up unable to remember the ending of the fight, but realised he had lost. Shigeta then became shocked and jerked bis head back when his trainer moved his hand toward his face to fix his towel due to Shigeta having Punch Eye. Shigeta then left the stadium, hoping to do better next time.

Match History

Match History
# Result Record Date Opponent Location Time Type Notes
10 LOSS 9-1-0 1993-09 JapanSendō Takeshi Tokyo, Japan 3(10), 0:41 KO JBC Featherweight Title Match
Sendo's 2nd Defense Match
Retired

Successions

Preceded by Title Succeeded by
Makunouchi Ippo All Japan Featherweight Rookie King Unknown
Makunouchi Ippo East Japan Featherweight Rookie King Unknown

Appearance

Personality

Shigeta's dominant personality trait in both anime and manga is his arrogance, however in his spar with Ippo he modestly suggests that Ippo is 'not on form' (rather than he himself being better) and goes on to say that he hopes the next time they fight he'll be at his best.

Boxing Style

Shigeta was actually right handed but voluntarily trained himself to become a southpaw. From this training he succeeded in arming himself with a strategical advantage over most boxers and a strong right jab. Also, being a southpaw, his right arm's positioning allowed him to throw powerful counters, even without the rapid reaction speed of other counter-punchers. Even without his signature gimmick, Shigeta was a talented boxer in all fields, with good evasive skills and strong punches.

Techniques

Weaknesses

His style itself has no particular weaknesses, but Shigeta himself was not prepared for Sendō's new found speed or the power of his unblocked punches.

Gallery

Trivia

  • It was to Shigeta that Sendō said his famous line, "I doubt I'll be seeing you in the ring ever again. So I'll say it now, that's what I got!"
  • Both Shigeta and young Nekota had the same voice actor, Yoshino Hiroyuki, and also had similar defeats. Both boxers were mercilessly beaten by the main antagonist, Shigeta beaten by Sendou Takeshi and young Nekota beaten by Ralph Anderson.
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