|Romanized Title:||Inoshishi no yō ni mae e!!|
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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Hayami Ryuuichi
Despite not landing a proper hit, Ippo manages to push back Hayami, who at the advice of his coach, decides to out fight, but upon hearing Kamogawa accusing him of being afraid, he jumps right in. Hayami increases the speed of his movements and begins outclassing Ippo, while Takamura, Aoki and Kimura, argue with Hayami's fans. Ippo utilizes the strength gained at the training camp, and successfully backs Hayami against the ropes. Feeling the pressure, Hayami plans to uppercut when Ippo enters his range, anticipating this, Ippo is ready to throw his counter hook. As both fighters launch their moves, hoping to connect first, they land at the same time.