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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
The members of the Kamogawa Boxing Gym, discuss the outcome of the fight between Miyata and Mashiba. Takamura assures the foul was on purpose, and states how depressed Ippo is. Aoki believes that revenge will be a good motivator for Ippo, but Takamura and the coach believe otherwise.
At the Toho Boxing Gym, Mashiba's coach, tells the reporters that Mashiba is not practicing due to his injuries. However Mashiba arrives and when asked about the fight, he admits having stepped on Miayata's foot on purpose. The reporters leave criticizing him, but Fujii stays behind and talks to him about Ippo. After hearing about Ippo's motivation to win, Mashiba laughs (scaring Fujii) and states he will win no matter who the opponent is.
Kimura and Aoki feel relieved when they see a cheerful Ippo punching the sandbag, as they thought he would be feeling bad because of Miyata's fight. However, when Takamura returns, he immediately stops Ippo asking if he had been hitting the bag since he left for road work. The coach removes Ippo's glove, revealing a bleeding fist.