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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
The day of Takamura's match, as people speculate on the outcome, Ippo is determined not to lose, so he can set up the mood for the title fight. In the lockers, Kobashi and his coach prepare for the fight, with the latter noting how calm the former is, and the former is studying the information on his opponent. As his turn is up, Ippo goes out with his coach and encounters Takamura, they both wish each other luck as Ippo departs.
Entering the ring, both fighters prepare mentally. When the bell rings, Kobashi assumes a never seen before stance with extended arm. After a few jabs, Ippo throws a straight to Kobashi who blocks, but gets his guard blown away. Ippo attempts to repeat, but Kobashi easily handles him with his extended arm and when Ippo goes for an uppercut, his opponent clinches.