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- Characters Introduced: Ponchai Chuwatana (picture)
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): None
Ippo is now two months away from his comeback match against an opponent he knows nothing about, aside from his record and name (Ponchai Chuwatana). He knows that the situation is not uncommon but he can not help feeling uneasy about the fact that he has never seen his opponent.
Kamogawa decides on a new training menu for Ippo, focused thirty percent on offense and seventy percent on defense. The training will not only aim to improve his defensive skills but also regain the stamina lost while resting from the title match. After the training is done, Ippo is exhausted to the point he can not move. Takamura reminds him that losing two fights straight would put him in a situation like Volg's. After hearing this, Ippo is determined to have a decisive win in his next fight.
Wanting to know more about his opponent, Ippo searches for him in a magazine and notices most of his matches are decision victories but he managed defeated Jimmy Sisphar via knockout. He now knows that superior defensive skills alone, will not be enough against him.