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- Characters Introduced: Date Eiji
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: Roberto Duran
- Title Page Character(s): None
After the vomiting incident, Takamura names the new member (Yamada Naomichi): "Geromichi". Aoki find's Yamada's wallet, and the latter frantically tries to stop him from opening it. Takamura holds Yamada while Aoki opens the wallet showing a picture Ippo, revealing Yamada to be his fan. They leave Ippo to look over Yamada, so he tries teach him the basics and demonstrates him some moves but the coach reminds him of his injury.
The day of the fights, Ippo and Yamada go to the locker rooms and wish Aoki good luck before the fight. When they leave, Ippo shares his experiences as a pro, but thy are interrupted by Fujii, who wants to introduce Ippo to the Japanese champion of the featherweight class; Date Eiji.