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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: Thomas Hearns
- Title Page Character(s): Miyata Ichirou, Mashiba Ryou, Fujii Minoru, Takamura Mamoru and Makunouchi Ippo
The fight continues with a highly technical trade where neither fighter connects a hit, but as noted by Fujii, they are only "checking each other out". Miyata Ichirou displays a higher level of technique and speed slightly dominating an exchange, which forces Mashiba to utilize his hitman style. Mashiba attempts a flicker jab which Miyata appears to dodge, but is connected in the end. Stunned by Mashiba's reach advantage, Miyata realizes his mistake, and switches to a southpaw version of the hitman. Thinking he is being underestimated, Mashiba attacks with another flicker, but is deflected by Miyata's shoulder. Miyata closes in, and as Mashiba attempts a straight, he is hit with a counter, sending him to the mat.