Empty Circle
Chapter Info
Volume: 6
Chapter: 46
Japanese Title: カラ回り
Romanized Title: Kara mawari
Total Pages: 19
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 Empty Circle is the forty-sixth chapter of Morikawa Jouji's manga series Hajime no Ippo.


  • Characters Introduced: None
  • Locations Introduced: None
  • Mentioned Boxers: None
  • Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo


The Referee separates Ippo from a clinching Kobashi who clearly dominates the fight by deflecting and dodging Ippo's attacks and making use of his swing punches. When Ippo successfully corners him, the bell rings ending the first round.

Each boxer discusses strategy with their respective seconds, with Kamogawa being particularly concerned about Ippo's situation. Once Ippo leaves his corner, his coach realizes how much sweat there is on the towel, as Aoki and Kimura realize how strong Kobashi really is.

As the second round begins, Kobashi once again sets the pace and dominates Ippo who in desperation throws nothing but "wild punches". After finally landing a hit on a guarded Kobashi, Ippo corners him successfully and prepares to finish him, but Kobashi clinches again, stopping Ippo who looks very exhausted.

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