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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Date Eiji, Nakadai Coach
In his corner, Martinez tells Stewart how he threw his best punch and still was not enough to knock Date out. Stewart replies that it is because he had felt them seven years ago that Date was strong enough to withstand them. Martinez then explains how he got tired of defending the belt, and reflects on how good it would be to go back to the way he was.
The third round starts and Martinez immediately lands a clean straight, which he follows up with combination blows to a guarding Date. Nakadai tells Date to escape the corner, but the latter knows that with Martinez now aiming for vitals, he can do nothing but protect. As Takamura explains, Martinez is no longer using precision strikes, but instead throwing many more rough punches with no particular pattern. Stewart remarks that Martinez is now fighting his old style due to Date forcing him to recognize him as a formidable opponent. In an attempt to escape, Date throws a straight, but is instantly caught by a counter. Martinez knows that it will not be enough to make him fall, and keeps hitting as he thinks he needs to break his spirit and not his body. Despite the heavy punishment, Date is able to stand and keep on attacking, but the match goes on with Martinez dominating.
After eight rounds of a one sided fight with Date on the losing end, Nakadai asks if he wants to continue, to which he replies that he will definitely win. Martinez is baffled, as he has thrown more punches than he can count, yet Date stands. He once again asks what it is that could keep a man standing after all that. During the break, Ippo and Takamura realize that Date not throwing any punch other than head attacks, means he must be getting ready for his "magic" punch; the heart break shot.