|“||If Chiharu Shiba represents Tokyo, then this fighting kid represents Brooklyn!||”|
– Iron Michael to Mitsunari Tokugawa.
Iron Michael (アイアン・マイケル, Aian Maikeru) is a fictional character from anime and manga of Baki the Grapler. In the anime, his name was changed to Ian McGregor (イアン･マクレガー, Ian Makuregā) and he was renamed to Olam McGregor in the english version of the anime.
He respects strong rivals to the point of taking off his gloves to fight them, such as he did in his battle against Chiharu Shiba. He loves his hometown of Brooklyn. He does not show contempt for challengers who fight using weapons or fighting three at a time. He loves boxing and idolizes the late God of Boxing John L. Sullivan (renamed in the anime to Johnny L. Donovan). It can be seen also in the scene where he were happy, telling Baki that in three months he was going to box again. He also believes that weight is the most important thing in an exchange of blows. The reason why he went to prison is unknown.
Iron Michael is a muscular black man who has a short hair, beard on the chin and a slight mustache. He is wearing blue sneakers, blue shorts and blue boxing gloves. In the Great Prison Battle Saga, he is bald with a slight beard. He also wears the uniform of Arizona prison inmate.
He was born on the dangerous streets of Brooklyn, in New York. At some point in his life he met his teacher Sam D'Amato, who would teach him boxing and his most characteristic technique, peek-a-boo. With this, Michael obtained the title of heavyweight champion in the USA, to later become the world heavyweight champion.
Baki the GrapplerEdit
Maximum Tournament SagaEdit
He was invited by Tokugawa to be one of the 36 participating fighters for the Maximum Tournament. In the first round, he fight against Li Mouko, who takes advantage of the boxers' lack of rank to damage Michael's legs, and when he is going to make the final blow Michael turns his range down and gives a blow to knock him out instantly. In the second round, he fights Chiharu Shiba, who uses plaster and a rope to knock Michel out of rhythm. During the fight, Shiba broke Michael's hand using his hard head. For a few moments, Michael sees boxing champion John L. Sullivan who encouraged him to win. At that moment Michael takes off his gloves to fight seriously. After a long fight, where Shiba almost dies, the young punk manages to break Michael's other hand, which forces Sam to stop the fight. This makes John L. Sullivan laugh at them, but Sam fires him with a blow.
Like the rest of the fighters, Iron Michael congratulates Baki Hanma on winning the tournament.
In the third series of the manga, he would reappear as Baki's cell and work partner. With one month left to get out of jail in Arizona, boxing associations ask the prison sheriff to prevent Michael from boxing again, as it could damage the image of heavyweight competitions as it had previously happened. The sheriff sends Mouth to fight Michael. After a fight, where the Mouth overwhelmingly wins against the champion, they prepare to cut the champion's arms, before Jun Guevaru appears, killing one of the members from the Mouth and ending the surrender of the other two members.
He would briefly appear during Baki's fight with Biscuit Oliva to indicate to Baki that it was suicide to face punches against an individual who weighed twice as much.
Iron Michael was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion during the Maximum Tournament Saga. In the fight against Li Mouko, he was able to make him look all blurry just by touching him with his fist, but Li Mouko began attacking Iron Michael's knees to avoid a boxer's attack range. Eventually Iron Michael used the wall to easily lean on and defeat Li Mouko with one punch.
- He is based on the real-life American former professional boxer, Iron Mike Tyson.