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- Characters Introduced: Yamada's Mother
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Takamura Mamoru, Kimura Tatsuya, Aoki Masaru, Naomichi Yamada
After leaving the karaoke, the gym members begin to talk about techniques when Yamada praises Ippo's body blow. As Kimura explains the most effective blows, Ippo demonstrates the correct way to do it, and accidentally hits a sign that immediately breaks upon receiving Ippo's punch. After running far away from the area, Yamada says it is time for him to leave, as he lives far away.
Takamura then reveals to the group that Yamada will be moving in two days. Back at his home, Yamada explains to his mother (who is trying to apologize), that even though constant moving was the reason for which he was bullied, after spending time with his new friends, he knows that he has changed and will be OK in the future.
More upset than anyone else, Ippo insist that it is not right to simply let Yamada go and pretend nothing happened. Reluctant at first, Kimura suggests they do a farewell party customary of the gym for retiring boxers.
The next day, Yagi informs Yamada that they are waiting for him in the basement ring. Thinking it is a conventional party, Yamada goes down exited only to find they are waiting for him, in order to have a one on one sparring match with each of the members. As Ippo is hurt, he is supposed to only watch and be Yamada's second. He tells him that he must land at least one punch, but after seeing Takamura's sadistic face, they agree it is enough to simply survive.