Peek-a-boo style
Alternate Name(s) Elgin stance
User(s) Makunouchi Ippo
Hammer Nao
Iwao Shimabukuro
Che Jounboung
Kamogawa Genji
Real-Life User(s) Floyd Patterson

Mike Tyson

First Appearance
Manga N/A
Anime Round 12 (The Fighting)

The peek-a-boo style is an unorthodox boxing stance used primarily by series protagonist Makunouchi Ippo.


The Peek-a-boo style emerged from trainers such as Cus D'amato who trained Mike Tyson. Peek-a-boo allows the boxer to maintain a low center of gravity whilst using their elbows to block their stomach area and both fists to cover the chin (ultimately only seeing the boxers eyes--thus the name 'peek-a-boo'). Offensively it is limited at further distances since the boxer would squarely face the opponent, giving them less rotation for punches such as a right straight. However, it is an infighting stance. It allows the boxer to cover majority of the vital spots while giving them the freedom to utilize hooks and uppercuts and maintain a good level of defense.

Ippo did something similar in his first spar when he covered up like a turtle.



  • Prior to its current name it was refered to as "The (D'amato) System".