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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Kamogawa Genji, Yagi Haruhiko
In Mashiba's corner, his second tells him to use his feet and distance himself from Ippo. Kamogawa on the other corner notices that Ippo's fists are bleeding, and realizing that he can not convince him to stop (as he is using Miyata as an example of someone who bet his career for the tournament), advises his boxer on how to win the fight by taking the minimum amount of damage to the injured hand.
As the second round begins, both fighters begin to exchange blows, with Ippo dominating once again. Mashiba's sistser, unable to watch the beating her brother is receiving, walks out of the Kourakuen Hall, but is soon stopped by her brother's boss who convinces her to cheer for him as they re-enter the hall.
Ippo, who has outclassed Mashiba, is ready to finish the fight, but the latter begins to remember his sister and the reasons he has for fighting. Despite the massive pain from the damage in his left arm, he is able to once again switch to the hitman style.