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After finally being successful in landing his heart break shot, Date wants to connect with a left hook before the referee can stop them. However as he is going to attack, he notices he Kamogawa's towel flying in, and Ippo falling to the canvas.
Having successfully retained his title, Date is congratulated by both Okita and Nakadai. Ippo wakes up to the sound of the cheering Kourakuen Hall, only to see Date wearing the belt before him. Date recognizes Ippo's strength and feels grateful for having an opponent who made him recover his past feelings. Ippo gets up and accepts a handshake from the champion, while the audience is still clapping.