Hard Puncher was released in December 1988 in Japan.
The subtitle of this game translates from Japanese as 'Blood-smeared Glory'.
"The Final Round [Model GX870]
There are plenty of references to "Contra
" such as Rocky Smith and Joe Vulcan looking similar to Bill Rizer and Lance Bean : Contra's 2 main characters. not only that, but one of the CPU contenders named Red Falco is a reference to what else? Red Falcon, the extraterrestrial arch-enemy from Contra.
Another of the CPU contenders, Iron Drago is a spoof of Ivan Drago, the boxer from the 1985 film 'Rocky IV'.
Finally, Black Stallion, the final contender is a spoof of Mike Tyson.
King Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Konami Game Music Collection Vol.0 - 276A-7708) on 21/07/1989.