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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Kamogawa Genji, Yagi Haruhiko
In his corner, Kamogawa tells Ippo to take one step at a time and not rush things as Saeki is much more confident and calm. They decide that their next goal will be one single hit for everyone who worried about him and helped him get back into boxing.
The third round begins and Ippo charges forward trying to reduce the space between him and Saeki so he can always keep him in his line of sight. His opponent however, is too fast for this and escapes through Ippo's blind side and delivers a barrage of hits to his face. Ippo nearly falls, but remembering what Umezawa told him, he manages to stay standing. Ippo is exhausted to the point that he begins falling over his own missed shots, but hearing the cheers for him, he keeps throwing punches hoping for at least one to hit. Saeki, knowing that there are only twenty seconds remaining, decides to finish it, but is unable to do so before the round ends.
Back in his corner, Ippo tells his coach that he was saved by accidentally stumbling upon Saeki, and thanks to that, he discovered something that might help him catch him in the next round.