Alternate Name(s) "Upper"


User(s) General
First Appearance
Manga Round 5
Anime Round 4 (The Fighting)
Similar Technique(s)
Similar technique(s) Short Uppercut
Low Smash
Deadly Smash
Tsubame Gaeshi
Beetle's Uppercut
Frog Punch
The uppercut (also referred to as the upper) is a punch used in boxing usually directed towards the opponent's jaw. It is, along with the cross, one of the two main punches that count as power punches.[1]


With their fist positioned at their stomach, the attacker throws an upward punch with their dominant arm while twisting their waist counter-clockwise (clockwise for southpaws). The end position should find their arm at a 90 degree angle in front of them, pointed at the ceiling.

Makunouchi Ippo and Takamura Mamoru are both known to have very destructive uppercuts, with Takamura's animal-themed finishing move being known as the Beetle's Uppercut.

Strengths & WeaknessesEdit

Uppercuts are useful when thrown at close range, causing considerable damage if connected successfully. They are, however, easier to dodge when both fighters are apart. Uppercuts can also be directed to the body (particularly the solar plexus) to cause internal bleeding, nausea, and disorientation.[2]

It is one of the most effective punches against in fighters because they tend to lower their heads directly into the path of an uppercut when charging forward. Out boxers usually dodge uppers with a simple sway, though it has been shown that even one centimeter of contact with a particularly destructive uppercut can rattle the brain enough to shut off their legs, and even force a KO.


See alsoEdit


  1. Wikipedia
  2. Wikipedia

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