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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Sendou Takeshi, Kamogawa Genji, Takamura Mamoru, Kimura Tatsuya, Aoki Masaru
Kamogawa reveals that the difference that gives Sendou the advantage in the exchange, is his larger body that can store more energy. Ippo begins to falter, and backs up, when he can no longer attack. Having no option but to block, Ippo protects himself, but begins to crumble under Sendou's pressure, as he receives more and more punches. Ippo covers his face in an attempt to not get knocked out, and takes a low stance, but Sendou takes an equally low stance and resumes his attack. As he receives the champion's devastating blows, Ippo wonders why he was looking forward to something like that. He begins to fall victim of fear as he notes that the punches are "killing" him. His waste drops after a damaging hit, but he manages to hold on to the ropes before the referee separates them and ends the second round.
Both fighters make their way to their respective corners, with Ippo clearly having more damage than Sendou. Yanaoka notes that hitting the guard was not a random act, but instead a psychological tactic. As Ippo barely manages to make it back to his trainer, the latter asks him how badly hurt he is, to which a shocked Ippo can not respond.