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With the audience cheering for them, both Ippo and Date approach each other with caution, fearing experience and power respectively. As a test, Date sends a quick jab, which Ippo easily dodges and uses to close the distance. Ippo displays his technical weaving asking for a trade, and in response, Date throws another jab. Both fighters begin the exchange, but as Ippo is confident that the heart break shot will not reach him at close distance, he seems to have the advantage. Date baits Ippo into going down so that he can land an uppercut, but Ippo dodges and leaves Date open for an attack. Realizing he has no time to block or dodge, Date simply receives the liver blow with the intention of attacking immediately after. After landing his hit, Ippo receives one to the face but keeps on fighting. Slowly getting annoyed, Date lands a hit on Ippo, who gets shaken despite being guarded.