"What is it like to be strong?" he asks himself as he stares at his clenched fist. "I want to be strong." Boy Makunouchi Ippo has always been picked on by his fellow classmates.He spent his time on helping his mother run their family business, a fishing boat store,he hasn't the time to make friends and so he remains an introverted loner, doomed to be beaten day in and day out. However,Takamura Mamoru, a professional boxer, leads to the discovery of a dynamite punch that opens up the doorway to a whole new world where that dream can become a reality.