|Alternate Name(s)||"Three-quarter uppercut"|
|User(s)|| Sendou Takeshi|
|Real-Life User(s)||Donovan Ruddock|
|Anime||Round 32 (The Fighting)|
|Similar technique(s)||Low Smash|
One Centimeter Punch
The smash is a powerful strike forged by Donovan Ruddock. It is also known in boxing as a three-quarter uppercut, or as a shovel hook. In Hajime no Ippo it is Sendou Takeshi's Sunday punch. Despite not having any practice at all using it, Ippo manages to successfully use a variation of the Smash against Sendou.
This punch is naturally between a hook and an uppercut. It is thrown with the same trajectory as an uppercut, starting from the waist and ending over the boxer's head. The difference is the fist is turned sideways, and the arm is more straightened out at the finish. The target is always the chin. It can be performed with either arm.
Strengths & WeaknessesEdit
The Smash strikes from an unexpected angle and can catch a fighter unaware. It is best suited for in fighters who rely heavily on sheer power to destroy opponents who come in contention with it. It is unblockable due to its trajectory.
The Smash shares the same weaknesses as the uppercut: it requires a large swinging motion so it can be easily dodged or countered.