Fighting Spirit TV Special: Champion Road
Distributor: Geneon Animation
Ippo Makunouchi's first title defense match is set. The challenger's name is Kazuki Sanada. The strong opponent is currently also a medical school student. Using his knowledge of human biology, he has a thorough understanding of which part of his opponent's body to hit in order to defeat him by accurately delivering the most damage and to drain the opponent's stamina. Ippo faces with a boxer who possesses the most intellectual fighting skills in Japan.
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"This special isn't for those who either haven't watched, or didn't like, the original series (shame on all of you!), but it will thrill the fans."
Anime News Network (Carl Kimlinger) - A-
"Getting more Fighting Spirit is a good thing as this show is close to an addiction."
Anime on DVD (Chris Beveridge) - B+
"It's a lot of fun and it's great to see Ippo back in the ring."
DVD Talk (John Sinnott) - 4 stars (out of 5)