What does the symbol resembling a stylized "P" in each of Hajime no Ippo's matches mean? Is it a Japanese symbol for cheering maybe?

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The symbol that looks like "P" is actually "", a katakana for letter "A".

According to Jisho, "Aaa" could mean:

Aah!; Ooh!; Oh No!; Oh Boy!; expression of despair, resignation, boredom, disgust, etc.​

though it could also mean yelling, shouting, cheering (depending on the situation).

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    I suspect in these cases they would best be translated as "Woah!" – Brent P. Newhall Sep 7 '18 at 16:01

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