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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Sendou Takeshi
Moving in for the finish, Sendou is floored by a punch no one can clearly see. With everyone in shock at the referee beginning the count, Sendou starts to stand up but falls right back down. The count continues with the divided audience cheering for both fighters and Sendou struggling to get up once again. Once he is up, Sendou manages to take his fighting pose right before the end of the count, leaving the referee to decide whether the battle goes on or not. Ippo, knowing that Sendou is not broken yet and will be able to fight, decides to use his Dempsey roll to finish the fight. When the referee signals for the fight to resume, Ippo immediately rushes in and goes for his Sunday punch, but his legs give in due to the damage sustained throughout the match. Sendou sees the opportunity and prepares to attack, but the referee stands in between the boxers and ends the fourth round.
With the round over, the commentator has the chance the review the "strange down", and realizes that Ippo was not falling, but instead preparing to throw the gazelle punch, that landed as a counter and sent Sendou to the canvas. Takamura then goes on to explain that even though one minute will not be enough for Sendou's damage to go away, neither will it be for Ippo, who is still suffering from the damage taken while running away from Sendou. He further states that the damage will accumulate, and once it makes effect, the next down will be the final. Meanwhile in the corner, Ippo tells himself that he was close but will have another chance, and that the real fight starts in the next round.