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The Kourakuen Hall is full and in their respective waiting rooms, each fighter is dealing with the pre-fight nervousness. While Ippo seems unusually exited, Kamogawa is worried that the pressure is getting to him. On the other hand, Sanada is only slightly agitated, which considering the situation is better than many.
The fighters make their entrances, with the former champion having many supporters in the audience, but they are surpassed by Ippo's fans when he makes his appearance. Despite the people's enthusiasm, Ippo seems to be just as nervous as he was when he debuted. He gets in the ring and is petrified, until he hears Kamogawa telling him that by dodging the first hit he will regain his usual condition. Ippo is frozen with fear as the bell is about to ring.