|Romanized Title:||Kokujin Bokusaa|
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- Characters Introduced: Hachinohe Coach, Hachinohe Chairlady (Name unknown/Mama-san)
- Locations Introduced: Hachinohe Kentou-Kai
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Takamura Mamoru, Aoki Masaru, Kimura Tatsuya, Makunouchi Ippo
As Kamogawa and Yagi discuss Jason Ozuma's impressive 3-3-0-3 record, Aoki eavesdrops and informs Ippo that his opponent is really powerful. Nervous at first, Ippo thinks to himself that regardless of how strong the opponent it, he is still just human.
Meanwhile at the Hachinohe Kentou-kai, Ozuma pummels his sparring partner, to the praise of his coach, who says that the Rookie Kings is the best place for him to shine. While sewing a bag, the coach's wife hurts her finger, and Ozuma, takes over the sewing. Recalling how he was homeless until he enrolled in the Hachinoe Kentou-kai, he promises to become stronger and earn money to improve the gym and help his family.
Days later in, Ippo arrives at the gym, and Takamura runs up to him saying that Ippo's problem is that he is not used to black boxers, so he has Aoki paint himself black to act as Ippo's sparring partner. At they laugh at him, but after Aoki feels unappreciated, Ippo thanks him for helping ease all the tension he had and prepares for the spar.