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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Okita Keigo
Yagi informs the coach that if Ippo fights Okita, it must be within a month, as a replacement for a fighter that can not assist. Kamogawa, knowing that Ippo wants to fight Date, accepts after verifying his weight, and orders him to start training.
Meanwhile at the Nakadai Boxing Gym, Nakadai informs Okita that Ippo accepted. Okita begins training, and Date asks why he asked for Ippo. Okita refuses to give any concrete reason, and Date warns him that Ippo is better than his rank says. Okita says he will not run by winning a decision and reveals he can perform the corkscrew as well.