Gazelle Punch
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Kanji N/A
Manga Round 155
Anime Round 46 (The Fighting)
Users Makunouchi Ippo
Shimabukuro Iwao
Real-Life Users Floyd Patterson

The Gazelle Punch is one of Makunouchi Ippo's numerous technique acquisitions en route to becoming the JBC Featherweight champion. He used it multiple times before and after becoming the Japanese champion (during his match with Sanada Kazuki), then revived it at his match against Alfredo Gonzales


The Gazelle Punch is a technique in which the user crouches slightly, making a 90 degree angle with the lead arm, then springs upwards, using the momentum to perform a leading uppercut to the head/chin. This technique requires strong legs. It was first used and invented by real-life heavyweight boxer, Floyd Patterson. Ippo first used it in his match with Volg Zangief.

Historical Background

This technique was invented by real-life boxer, Floyd Patterson, who was the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the world from 1956 to 1962. The actual punch thrown using this technique was a leading hook instead of the leading uppercut which Ippo utilizes in the manga/anime.

Strengths & Weaknesses

The power behind a Gazelle Punch is incredible. By utilising lower-body strength, the user can often knock down an opponent or, at the very least, stun them. The punch can also be thrown when cornered, such as when Sendou Takeshi forced Makunouchi Ippo back. Strong fighters are also able to break through guards with a Gazelle Punch.

Presumably, the Gazelle Punch requires significant lower body strength and best suits shorter boxers, whereas a taller boxer would not be able to get into the right position. Shimabukuro Iwao, being shorter than Makunouchi, is able to use the Gazelle Punch, lifting him off the ground. However, Makunouchi was able to negate the damage with a Cross Arm Block.



Floyd Patterson fights I

Floyd Patterson fights I

Video of Floyd Patterson (in black) utilizing the Gazelle Punch (seen at 0:57, 2:20. and 3:49)