Ok, I'm going to be frank with you all here. Hajime no Ippo is my favorite anime of all time. There, I said it.
Please understand the weight of my words here.
I'm not usually the type of person that can decide so easily on a #1 favorite anything. I don't have a favorite color, a favorite food, favorite dog breed, whatever. I try to be fair and realistic and give weight to everything. When you also consider the fact that I've seen dozens of series, it's no small thing.
Yeah, I haven't really said a thing about the anime. That's because I can't say anything about it that hasn't already been said before. You can read a ton of reviews, synopses, etc that will give you reasons why you should or shouldn't watch. The point of this review is to be that extra weight that finally pushes you to decide to give the anime a shot.