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- Characters Introduced: Kumiko Morita, Alexander Volg Zangief
- Locations Introduced: Otowa Boxing Gym
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): None
Kamogawa informs his boxers that the idol Kumiko Morita will be coming to the gym to interview the fighters. As soon as she arrives, the gym members begin to show off their skills in order to impress the idol. Ippo, jealous at first, decides to concentrate on his next fight, and begins training. As he is the only serious person there, he is chosen to spar against Kumiko.
After the interview is over and the reporters leave, the fighters watch their interviews on TV. Not realizing the meaning of it, Ippo states on the national broadcast, that he wants to fight the JBC featherweight champion Date Eiji. He gets nervous when they inform him that he just sent a challenge. On the TV, they notice that here is another interview at the Otowa Boxing Gym featuring Russian boxer Alexander Volg Zangief, who states that he is after Date's belt as well.