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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Mashiba Ryou
Ippo attempts another body blow, but is stopped again by Mashiba's elbow block. At his coach's advise, Ippo tries to use his jabs, but is stopped by Mashiba's own. The positions are inverted, with Ippo against the ropes and Mashiba initiating his finishing pattern. Ippo, despite his pain, still utilizes his right and is once again blocked by Mashiba. Ippo is now determined to keep hitting the elbow block with his right until one of them gives in. Mashiba, now annoyed by Ippo's perseverance, feints a flicker jab, but instead delivers a chopping right. Ippo is stunned and Mashiba tries to finish him, but in a dual exchange, Ippo hits Mashiba's elbow again while receiving a hit to the face. After the exchange, Mashiba is unable to keep his left arm up, therefore becomes unable to use his hitman style. Seeing the opportunity, Ippo charges at him.