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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Takamura Mamoru
After receiving news of a possible world title bout, Takamura is more focused than ever before. Despite the team being used to his regular confidence, they notice that this time he is extremely determined as he states how he will become world champion.
When the day of Takamura's title defense arrives, all the reporters present are wondering if he really did defeat a bear. As Ippo makes his way in, he appears to be attacked by "a giant dog" which turns out to be Hachi greeting him. He then sees Nekota arguing with a member of the Kourakuen Hall's security team who refuses to allow the dog inside. With no other option left, Nekota ties Hachi out and makes his way in. Ippo asks Nekota about the large bag he is carrying, and the latter replies it is something Takamura requested.