It is a japanese manga drawn by Jyoji Morikawa. It started at about 1987 and its still not finished yet. Hajime no Ippo is about a teenager named "Ippo Makunouchi
" who was bullied everyday by a bunch of gangsters because he works at a fishing store and probably smelled like fish. But one day, a passing boxer jogged by and saved him from the gangsters. This boxer is Takamura Mamoru
, who instantly became Ippo's idol and introduced him to the Kamogawa Gym
and the world of boxing.