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The count reaches three and Volg is unable to get up after receiving the combination delivered by Ippo. Surprising everyone, he stands at count five but falls back down and gives no signs of getting back up. Fading into unconsciousness, Volg begins to remember his mother and how she still waits for him in Russia. With this thought in mind, he manages to get back up, regain his fighting pose, and resume the fight. They begin an exchange where Ippo pushes Volg to the ropes and the latter clinches in a desperate attempt to survive. Kamogawa tells Ippo to attack, so the latter initiates the motion for a powerful blow, but is stopped by the referee, who ends the round.
Before going back to his corner, Ippo notices that Volg was about to initiate the motion for the whte fang, right before being stopped by the referee.