|Romanized Title:||Higashinihon shinjin-ō junkesshō|
|← Previous||Next →|
- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Miyata Ichirou, Mashiba Ryou and Hayami Ryuuichi
When the semi-finals for the East Japan Rookie King Tournament finally arrive, both Hayami and Ippo enter the ring, with the latter showing a swollen face full of bruises, and massive media coverage for the former. As the place is divided between cheers (with all girls in favor of Hayami), both fighters are introduced. Before the bell rings, Kamogawa tells Ippo that the counter chance will only come once.
Ippo has in mind what he was told by his coach, and is ready to battle as the bell rings.