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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Sanada Kazuki
Sanada is motionlessly kneeling on the floor while the count goes on, and it appears he will not be able to get up. Dankichi however, says that he is actually giving his own body a full check, which Sanada does right before getting back up like he did not receive any damage. Ippo pursues upon Kamogawa's command, but fearful of the Dempsey roll, Sanada clinches to buy time. From the clinch, Sanada sends a series of small punches to Ippo's head before being shaken off. Ippo chases him once more but this time loses his balance due to the strikes. When he recovers, Sanada has enough strength to throw the hien, but this time it is not strong enough to stop Ippo. When he manages to get close Sanada's chest, they are stopped by the the referee and hear the bell ringing.
Back in his corner, Dankichi calms Sanada, who seems to become desperate. The trainer tells the boxer that the hien can no longer stop their opponent, but he must begin an exchange. He tells him how the safest place is as close as possible to Ippo, and from there he must nullify the punches by attacking the body. Kamogawa motivates Ippo by telling him to clear the title defense and remain the champion, which makes Ippo get up with determination for the next round.