|Romanized Title:||1965-Nen no appākatto|
|Episodes:||Shadow Boxing (anime)|
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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: Uppercut
- Mentioned Boxers: Éder Jofre
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Miyata Ichirou, Takamura Mamoru
A customer at the Makunouchi Fishing Boat notices Ippo's damaged face and asks his mother, about it. She speaks of his desire to become a boxer and how she opposes it, but the customer reminds her of her husband's strength and kindness as well as how it reflected in Ippo. The customer, who is impressed by Ippo's balance on the boat, tells Ippo that boxing will prevent him from rebelling and advises Ippo to look after her, leaving Ippo confused about the message.
Ippo arrives at the gym for his first day of training and shouts an incredibly loud greeting as he enters, startling everyone and earning himself a punch from Takamura. the coach then tells Ippo to get in the ring train with a jump rope, a feat that Ippo fails horribly. The coach decides to let Ippo work on the mitts instead. Ippo, worrying about causing an injury, lands a straight on the mitts and wonders if he hurt the coach, but the latter is actually pleased with Ippo's strength.
The coach, tells Ippo that his strength may be comparable to that of Miyata's, capturing the latter's attention. Ippo denies, but the coach replies that he would be able to fight at the same level and defeat him in three months. Ippo is told that he is to learn the orthodox uppercut during training and, after being shown the movements, he executes a perfect textbook uppercut identical to that of Éder Jofre's. The coach tells Ippo to throw another uppercut, and once again it misses (as the coach had moved the mitt) but was executed perfectly. Takamura notices Miyata's sharp gaze and realizes that the coach's words towards Ippo was an indirect way of raising Miyata's fighting spirit. Ippo wonders why he got praised despite missing both hits.