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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Fujii Minoru, Fujii's partner
The day of the match arrives, and as Fujii tells his partner, the level of attendance is just like that of a championship match. The audiences cheers are divided between both fighters, but the odds are in favor of Volg. At the commentator's table, where JBC's middleweight champion Takamura Mamoru and featherweight champion Date Eiji are guest commentators for the fight, they transmit an interview where both fighters state how much they want to win. Kamogawa, still angry at Ramuda's attitude, reminds Ippo of the plan but the latter is too concentrated on the fact that he feels like a prey for a caged animal in the ring.
The round begins with Volg immediately charging to Ippo's location, where a battle of jabs begins and neither fighter is able to land a decisive blow. Volg is however able to land an uppercut causing Ippo to be more cautious and tighten his guard. Despite being more careful, Ippo receives another uppercut, which changed from angle when Ippo closed his eyes to receive the impact, and went through the guard. Ippo backs up against the ropes, but Volg follows him relentlessly and attacks again.