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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Takamura Mamoru, Tamaki Atsushi, Kamogawa Genji, Yagi Haruhiko, Makunouchi Ippo
Later as they walk home, Takamura explains to Ippo, the real meaning of Date's words and the weight a champion carries in his fists from everyone who has supported him. He however states that a champion is by no means invincible.
When Ippo arrives home, his mother lets him know that Kimura is on the phone. Kimura informs Ippo that that Mashiba defeated the lightweight JBC champion. As soon as Ippo puts the phone down, it rings again, and this time it is Kumi. She tells him that to celebrate her brother's victory, she made a cake, but since he does not have any friends, no one showed up, so she asks him if he wants to go over.