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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
Kamogawa gets very angry at Ippo's request of learning a counter in the remaining time. The coach initially refuses, but after being "cornered" by Ippo's determination, he agrees and warns him that it will be difficult training. They immediately begin. With Aoki as sparring partner, Ippo is unable to get the timing right, and receives many blows over the course of the days.
While at Chuuka Soba, Takamura, Aoki and Kimura, are talking about an article where among the four best fighters of the East Japan Rookie King Tournament, Ippo's article is the smallest. After this, they decide to place bets, with Kimura choosing Hayami, Takamura, choosing Miyata, and Aoki being forced into picking Ippo.
The trio go to Ippo's house where they find him with a fever, but despite this, he still wants to test his counter with Aoki, intent on not wasting any time.