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After Hammer Nao used his solar plexus blow to stop Ippo on his tracks. Ippo is seem in really bad shape, but still somewhat recollected, he recognizes Nao as a true challenger, even if there's something important that Yamada doesn't know yet, and in a final bet, opens his guard and starts exchanging blows with his former kōhai. Even after taking many hits, Ippo doesn't fall, making the challenger starting to question if his punches couldn't affect the champion. Ippo manages to land his trademark liver blow, Nao can't endure the hit and falls. Ippo reveals that what Nao doesn't know is experiencing a loss, only this way Ippo could mature and reach the belt, the same can be said for Naomichi. Nao's coach promptly notes that his boxer has the ribs broken. Yamada's mother appears praying in the crowd, she knows what this match means for her son. "This is my own personal world title match", is what he thinks, as he tries getting up.