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- Characters Introduced: Nurse Reiko
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
Umezawa drops Ippo's mother by the hospital and goes back to work at the boat, so she can concentrate on taking care of Ippo. While she reflects on the irony of her son being called a hero despite being in the condition he is, someone knocks the door. It turns out to be non other than Volg himself, who apologizes for sending Ippo to the hospital. She tells him it is fine because it happened in a match, and peels an apple for him. Tasting the apple brings Volg memories of his mother, and he asks Ippo's mother how worried she is about her son. She explains how Ippo as bullied and that doing what makes him happy makes her lose her will to complain about it.
Later when Volg leaves and Ippo regains consciousness, his gym mates pay him a visit and reveal that for the past three days they had been taking his urine samples. Disturbed by this, Ippo goes to the bathroom to do it himself, while the trio sets up a group date with Ippo's nurse. When he gets out of the bathroom, Ippo fells dizzy and loses his balance, causing one of the nurses to remind him of his condition. Ippo turns around to notice the nurse is Mashiba's sister, who asks if he remembers her.