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To everyone's surprise, Ippo is able to stand back up, leaving a particularly stunned Sanada in admiration. With the goal of making it back to Kamogawa in order to learn how to protect against the tsubame gaeshi, Ippo manages to keep fighting. Sanada rushes to Ippo but the latter attacks first as he tries to keep him away until the round ends.
Takamura explains that the trick behind the tsubame gaeshi is nothing but a "sideways uppercut". Given the fact that the glove is seventeen centimeters long but only ten centimeters tall, if turned sideways, the impact area is seven centimeters smaller; this means that the first uppercut creates a small opening, while the second uppercut being a smaller weapon passes through the guard and connects on the target.
When Ippo finally makes it back to his corner, Kamogawa has no way of telling him the strategy due to the fact that he is too hurt to understand anything at the moment. With the time up, Ippo gets up and goes to the center of the ring right after Kamogawa tells him to remember Kobashi.
The third round starts and wasting no time, Sanada throws his tsubame gaeshi right as Ippo remembers Kobashi. The hit lands on Ippo but this time it is unable to break through the guard, leaving Sanada confused.