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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
Makunouchi Ippo and Antonio Guevarra touch gloves, Ippo immediately notices the reversed stance of the southpaw. Fujii Minoru and Sendou Takeshi guesses Ippo will take it easy. Ippo remembers what the coach said to counter southpaws, but is quickly stopped by Antonio's right jabs, Ippo throws a left and misses. Ippo is on the defense as Antonio continues throwing a barrage of rights. After being pushed back, Ippo dashes forward and goes under Antonio's left straight.