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- Characters Introduced: Saeki Takuma (mentioned)
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Takamura Mamoru, Kimura Tatsuya, Aoki Masaru, Naomichi Yamada
At the gym, the coach informs them that Aoki, Ippo and Kimura will be participating in the Class A Tournament in order to get a chance at a JBC title. Yagi also informs them that Sendou will not be in the featherweight, class and neither will Mashiba, who is now junior lightweight. It also appears that some of the participants retired when they got news of Volg's participation.
The next day at the gym, Ippo is training with the coach when Yagi informs him that his mother collapsed and is in the hospital.