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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Fujii Minoru, Fujii's partner
Inside of the Kourakuen Hall, both fighters are introduced as the crowd anticipates the bout between the former and the current rookie king. With Ippo fighting to challenge Date, and Okita betting his pride as a man, both fighters are motivated and charge at each other as soon as the bell rings.
Before the referee can even get out of the way, both fighters exchange jabs. They both have the same thing in mind: set the pace for the match by landing the first hit. As they both dodge and block, Okita finds an opportunity to hit after stopping a punch. The punch however is stronger than he had anticipated, and it blows his guard away. He covers, both Ippo quickly strikes with a straight that sends him back. Ippo charges confident that Okita does not have a special punch like Sendou's, but is surprised when a corkscrew blows his guard away.