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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
As his turn is up, Ippo goes out with his coach and encounters Takamura, they both each each other luck and 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.