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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
Kamogawa decides to withdraw from the fight, due to Ippo's condition, as he can not even hit the mitts properly. Takamura stops the coach and tells a story about how he entered his fourth match with an injured wrist. He advises Ippo to do the same as he did; knock the opponent out with one punch when the bell rings before feeling any pain. The coach tells Ippo that it is a gamble that if missed, would mean defeat. He tells Ippo to cool his fist from the mitt hitting.
The day of the fight, at the Osaka Furitsu Gymnasium, Ippo is surrounded by reporters, and so is Sendou, who is so focused on the match that he walks besides Ippo and his friends without even looking at them. Ippo now worried about his injury and the pain he is feeling, is surprised when he sees Dr. Yamaguchi there.