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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: Touyou College of Athletics
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
With only one week left for the Class A Tournament, Ippo's footwork has improved, but he is unable to mix punches in, as it ruins his rhythm. As he spars with Yamada, he stops to say he has come a cross a hint.
At the Touyou College of Athletics, Saeki talks with the captain of the team, who is displeased at the fact that Saeki chose professional boxing over amateur. Saeki explains that there is no thrill compared to that of the pro world, and he begs Ippo to give him the greatest "thrill".
After work at the Makunouchi Fishing Boat, Ippo and Umezawa go pick up his mother from the hospital. Once they get there, she gives him a new pair of trunks, and Umezawa gives him a new pair of shoes.
Later that night, after adding cuts to increase the friction of his shoes, Ippo says that even if he can not knock Saeki out, he will definitely win.