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|Romanized Title:||Shinro sōdan|
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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
At his school, Ippo has a meeting with his teacher about his future and career choices. When Ippo tells him that he has no intention of entering college, the teacher immediately attributes this attitude to him being "poor" (which he states repeatedly). Ippo explains to the skeptical teacher that why he wants to be a boxer, until the teacher finally lets him go telling him that he will be there if he changes his mind.
After school, Ippo sits by himself while reflecting on how fun boxing is. Kobashi, who is in the middle of roadwork, sees Ippo and approaches him. They both talk about how words can not explain boxing, and Kobashi tells him that he must defeat Hayami and win the tournament no matter what. Now motivated, as Kobashi leaves, Ippo looks forward to his next match.