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The bell rings and the first round begins with Ippo on the attack. He launches a powerful punch but misses, giving Mashiba the opportunity to retreat an change to his hitman style, causing Ippo to use his trademark peek-a-boo style. Ippo cautiously measures the distance and gets close to his opponent, but is hit in the face by a flicker. Now confused about Mashiba's reach, Ippo tries to get close once more, but is again hit in the face. Mashiba overwhelms Ippo with his usual knockout pattern and throws a chopping right, which Ippo barely avoids by holding on to the ropes.