Genji Kamogawa (鴨川源二, Kamogawa Genji) is a tritagonist character in Hajime no Ippo. He is a long old retired prizefighter who founded the Kamogawa gym years later after retiring. He acts as the main trainer of both students of his, Takamura Mamoru and Makunouchi Ippo, as well as a second for the boxers under Shinoda. Kamogawa and Nekota fighting. Kamogawa worked as a prizefighter in Japan shortly after the end of World War II. He has had multiple boxing matches with former prizefighter Ginpachi Nekota, two of which he lost, two of which he won, and another that ended a draw. He was also friends with fellow prizefighter and future trainer Dankichi Hama. During the American occupation of Japan, Kamogawa harbored strong feelings of national pride, refusing to accept food handouts. Kamogawa witnessed American sergeant Ralph Anderson, with Miguel Zale as his second, easily defeat Dankichi in an exhibition match. After Dankichi's loss, Anderson terrorized the population and chased Yuki into the alleys. Here, Kamogawa experienced the power of American boxing first-hand as he and Nekota were beaten up by Anderson while protecting Yuki.
However, Nekota secretly arranged a fight with Anderson.
After seeing Anderson's clinical jabs and being hit by a Cross Counter, Kamogawa acknowledged that American boxing was at least a hundred years ahead of Japanese prizefighting. During this time, Yuki and Nekota moved into Kamogawa's makeshift home. Yuki looked after the pair while they trained, inspired by their commitment to rebuilding the country through their fighting spirit. However, Kamogawa discovered that Yuki was a survivor from Hiroshima, who was dying from radiation poisoning. Although Kamogawa's pride was hurt, he was aware of the gap between Japanese prizefighting and American boxing, and declined to challenge Anderson on the basis that true boxers fight against their own weight division, and as a bantamweight, Kamogawa was no match for Anderson. However, Nekota secretly arranged a fight with Anderson. Kamogawa furiously rushed to the match after realizing Nekota had been brain-damaged after their last fight together. Despite Nekota's superior speed, he was crippled by an illegal Rabbit Punch and was severely beaten before Kamogawa interfered and stopped the match. Swearing to avenge Nekota, Kamogawa trained by punching a log into an embankment, honing his fists into a deadly weapon.
In the match against Anderson, Kamogawa was outclassed and unable to land a clean hit. Through the strength of his spirit and Nekota's desperate encouragement, Kamogawa absorbed Anderson's Chopping Right and defeated him by landing two deadly body blows, breaking his ribs and puncturing his internal organs. In the process of defeating Anderson, Kamogawa broke both his fists, which ended his career thereafter. With Nekota retreating to his mountain home to recover, Kamogawa put aside the feelings between himself and Yuki and dedicated his life to passing on his passion for boxing. On May 18, 1965, Kamogawa watched der Jofre and Fighting Harada's match in person and was amazed by Jofre's uppercut even though it didn't land. Kamogawa opened his own boxing gym. At his gym, he trained the future manager of the gym, Haruhiko Yagi, Miyata Senior, who was the OPBF featherweight champion. After the OPBF champion lost to Randy Boy Senior and was forced into retirement, his son, Ichirō Miyata came to the gym and asked to be taught how to use counters. Kamogawa accepted the boy into his gym, seeing how he has picked up his father's burden all on his own.
As Kamogawa was walking on the streets one night, he had a chance encounter with Mamoru Takamura, who was beating on a man. Kamogawa stopped Takamura and convinced him to enter the world of boxing under his tutorship. Kamogawa helping Ippo during his spar. One day, Takamura Mamoru brought over a newcomer named Makunouchi Ippo. Kamogawa was skeptical about the idea of Ippo becoming a professional, due to his appearance and attitude. In order to conclude what his chances were, he decided to have him spar against boxing prodigy Miyata Ichirō. During the spar, Ippo went down several times and was unable to land a single hit on Miyata before losing via knockout. However, his durability, stamina and determination, earned Kamogawa's respect and a membership to his gym. Kamogawa decided to supervise Ippo's training personally (which he did for no one other than Takamura) and announced that he would have a rematch against Miyata. During the months leading up to the rematch, Kamogawa taught Ippo how to perform an uppercut, and put him through intensive training in order to directly face the counter instead of avoiding it. In an attempt to have both aspiring boxers motivated, he instigated a rivalry between them, by constantly making comments about Ippo's growth. Kamogawa is Ippo's second on his second spar with Miyata. After Ippo won, Kamogawa had to hide his excitement. Kamogawa is impressed after receiving a picture of Ippo hitting the tip of Miyata's jaw from Fujii Minoru.
39;s bump on his head.
As Ippo "lost his goal" after sparring with Miyata, he no longer showed his punching power while mitt training with Kamogawa, seeing this, Kamogawa ordered him to train with Takamura in order to understand the hardships of the sport. Kamogawa is Takamura's second in his match against Hirano Kazuhiko, where Takamura wins and gets ranked first in Japan. Kamogawa announces that Ippo's opponent for his pro debut is Oda Yūsuke. In the match against Oda, Kamogawa avoided a doctor stoppage by applying ice and lotion to Ippo's cut allowing him to continue the fight which he ultimately won via knockout. After Ippo won, Kamogawa quietly walked away and left Ippo and the others money to celebrate. Kamogawa during Ippo's match with Fujiwara. Kamogawa began to teach Ippo the Peek-a-Boo style in order to heighten his defense. Kamogawa announced Ippo's second opponent as Fujiwara Yoshio and told him even with a one win and one loss record, anything can happen in boxing. Before the match began, Kamogawa told Ippo to do as practice and there will be no problem. After Ippo's win, Kamogawa congratulated him on his victory, and then laughed at Ippo's bump on his head. Kamogawa and Yagi learning about Ozuma sending his sparring partner to the hospital. After Jason Ozuma was revealed as Ippo's first opponent at the East Japan Rookie King Tournament and hearing about how he put his sparring partner in the hospital with a hook, Kamogawa decided to have Takamura train Ippo to dodge hooks. On the day of the match after round one, Kamogawa told Ippo that his punches are getting to Ozuma and to not show pain in his face.
After Ippo's down in round two, Kamogawa helped him get up by yelling. Kamogawa noticed the training paid off as Ippo won his match. As Kamogawa watched tapes of Kobashi Kenta and Hayami Ryūichi's matches, he concluded that Ippo now has two obstacles to pass to get to Miyata. Kamogawa sent Ippo, Takamura, Aoki, and Kimura to a one week training camp session. When the group came back, Yagi showed everyone the poster of Takamura match against the Japanese middleweight champion and Ippo's match against Kobashi. Ippo began sparring with Kimura as Kamogawa noted Ippo's feet and weight shift has gotten better. When Ippo explained that Kobashi was observing him and that he might have a secret weapon, Kamogawa suggested to not care about the opponent and to focus on bringing destruction into play. When Ippo's match against Kobashi began, Kamogawa noticed how bad Ippo was sweating during the match and how they both fell into Kobashi's trap.
39;s original plan was not going to work.
However, after Ippo found a chance for a hit, he and Kamogawa won. Kamogawa then acted as Takamura's second during his Japanese middleweight champion title match. After Takamura's win and winning the JBC middleweight champion belt, Kamogawa and the others celebrated. Kamogawa and Ippo after winning the tournament. Kamogawa shows Ippo a recording of Hayami's match, showing Ippo's original plan was not going to work. Kamogawa told Ippo that in order to defeat Hayami, let him use the Shotgun and then attack while he is exhausted, Kamogawa then put Ippo on defensive training. When Aoki had a match that was after Ippo's next opponent, Hayami Ryūichi, Kamogawa was one of his cornermen. The match ended with Aoki winning. After Ippo told Kamogawa he wanted to learn how to throw a counter when Hayami uses his uppercut, Kamogawa began training Ippo for counters. On the day of the match, before Ippo was about to fight, Kamogawa told him to use the counter only once. Ippo then won the match against Hayami.
After Ippo damaged his fist, Kamogawa told him not to use it for two weeks. Kamogawa explained Mashiba Ryō's weakness in his Hitman Style, which is his left guard always being down. On the day of the match, Kamogawa told Ippo to keep the match an in-fight in order to keep close to him. After Ippo won the match, Kamogawa was proud of Ippo winning the tournament. Kamogawa entered the Kamogawa Boxing Gym and noticed someone, who he believed to be a newcomer, practising on a sandbag. Kamogawa began giving tips, but was stopped by Takamura. Kamogawa was informed that person is Sendō Takeshi, who stopped by wanting Ippo to fight him on the scheduled date. Kamogawa gave Sendō money, apologizing that Ippo won't be able to fight due to his fist injuries. Kamogawa and Yagi leave the gym for Thailand in order to look for middleweights for Takamura. When Kamogawa came back, he learned that Ippo was planning on drugging his fist. Yagi tried to stop Ippo from fighting before his fist has healed, but Kamogawa told him that he is too stubborn to listen. Kamogawa proceeded to show Ippo a video of Sendō fighting, showing that Sendō has skill about equal to Ippo with strong punching power. The video gave Ippo the opposite effect that Kamogawa attended, with Ippo impressed, wanting to fight. Kamogawa asked if Ippo wanted to shorten his already short boxing life further on his own accord. Kamogawa, after hearing that Ippo still wanted to fight Sendō, informed him that he can, depending on his ability to fight on the day of.