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- Characters Introduced: Ponchai Chuwatana, Snake Thomas, Pone Morocotte
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Kamogawa Genji, Makunouchi Ippo, Aoki Masaru, Kimura Tatsuya
The members of the Kamogawa Boxing Gym arrive to the weigh in and Ippo is surprised to see his opponent is not as scary as he imagined. Despite his looks, it is clear that he is a strong fighter who has build up his body for the fight.
Knowing that one single powerful punch will not be enough to defeat an opponent who has as much stamina as Ponchai, Ippo decides to do some training. As Ippo slides in an attempt to attack and defend at the same time, he displays a move that leaves Umezawa speechless. Umezawa notes that it is the first time he has ever done it like that and wonders what kind of move he plans to use.
While Ippo is in his dressing room, he hears the ruckus outside and comes out to see Kimura being overwhelmed by his opponent. However he gets up and tells himself he has nothing to lose (the contrary of Aoki) because the girl he likes, is with another man.