|← Previous||Next →|
- Characters Introduced: Rusak Paddy, Payao Jimmy Sisphar (picture)
- Locations Introduced: Thailand, Pataya,
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: Khaosai Galaxy
- Title Page Character(s): None
Fujii goes to the gym and shows Ippo the upcoming issue of Monthly Boxing Fan featuring an article on his victory over Okita. Takamura notices that there is also an article on Miyata, whose first fight overseas ended in a draw despite him knocking his opponent down twice. His father protests the decision, but the people answer with hostility.
Depresses about the gap between Ippo and himself, Miyata struggles to make weight despite knowing that the class better suited for him is lightweight. His father receives an offer to fight Jimmy Sisphar, which they plan to refuse, as he is too strong for Miyata, who is being used to build up Sisphar's popularity.
Miyata finds out about this and immediately goes to his father and tells him that he will not run away from his opponent because of his diet.