|Episodes:||Round 16 (p.1-19)|
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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: Yamanaka Bakery
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: Kobashi Kenta, Yoshida Mitsuo
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
Motivated by Miyata's match, Ippo spars with Aoki and Kimura in order to shorten the gap between the two of them. He later runs home, and notices a new bakery. When he goes in to purchase some bread, he sees that the girl from Miyata's fight works there. As he leaves, she gives him some extra bread for free because it's close to closing time and she doesn't want it to go to waste.
The next day at the gym, Ippo with a goofy nostril-flaring smile, which Takamura recognizes as a sign that he is thinking about girls, causes Aoki to tell Ippo that he knows from experience that women slow boxers down, but refuses to talk about. Takamura explains to Ippo that the girl was extremely ugly and dumped him.
Fujii arrives and updates Ippo on the tournament, informing him that Mashiba had advanced to the next round. He then tells him that his next opponent, Kobashi Kenta, gained an upset victory over a favorite.
- This chapter marks the first mention of Aoki's weird taste in women (which becomes a recurring gag in the series).