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- Characters Introduced: Jeff Blakes
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: Julio César Chávez
- Title Page Character(s): None
When he arrives at the gym, Ippo is informed by Kamogawa that the title match against Sendou has been decided. However he will have to wait, as Sendou must defend his title once more, before facing Ippo. Kamogawa then explains that on a special training camp for Takamura, Ippo will be going as well but it will be the hardest camp yet.
Later that night, Ippo and Takamura watch Date's fight against the man ranked fifth in the world: Jeff Blakes. From the beginning of the match, Date has the advantage and in the ninth round it seems Blakes can barely defend himself. Date lands his heart break shot on Blakes, giving him the opportunity to land a punch that knocks him out.
With the match over, they go to congratulate Date, who tells them how disappointed he is about his performance. Date also mentions to Ippo how the Dempsey roll will not work against someone pressing always forward like Sendou. Ippo knows this and asks himself what to do in order to make Sendou retreat. Before leaving, Date hints at a different, "complete" form of the roll and wishes them luck.
The day of the training camp, the crew is ready with items for the beach but are surprised when Kamogawa tells them that their destination is the mountains.