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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Yagi Haruhiko
After hearing the news about his mother, Ippo immediately heads to the hospital to check on her. Upon arrival, he is informed that she simply fainted due to anemia cause by overworking and that she will be there for a month. Realizing that she has been doing all the work while he has fun at the gym, Ippo feels guilty and apologizes to his unconscious mother.
Taking care of the business, Ippo realizes just how much difficult work his mother had been doing. After she suggests they close the shop so he can train, he tells her that he can train as he works.
As the gym members theorize, Ippo's situation will not only impede him from entering the tournament, but it might actually force him to quit boxing. After a week of training and working on his own, Ippo begins to contemplate retirement.