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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
Makunouchi Ippo and Takamura Mamoru are in their waiting room, Ippo trains with the coach. Takamura asks if the coach is afraid he didn't prep Ippo to fight a lefty, Yagi Haruhiko states that Antonio Guevarra was the only one that wouldn't run away from Ippo. As Ippo gets ready to leave for his match, he states that he will show everyone the new Dempsey Roll that he and the coach developed, Takamura demands him to deliver.
Antonio and Ippo walk to the ring, Antonio remembers his past, the reason he fights and states "I gotta win". With both fighters in the ring and seconds out, the bell of the match is about to ring.