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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: Thomas Hearns, Marvelous Marvin Hagler
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Okita Keigo
After receiving Ippo's uppercut, Okita begins to fall. As he falls, moments of his career start flashing before him, after remembering how much he admires Date's style, Okita manages to hold on to the ropes and remains standing. Kamogawa, encourages Ippo to finish the fight quickly in order to get to Date. Ippo charges forward, but Okita throws a left jab causing Ippo to move left. The left Okita throws, is revealed to be nothing more than a feint to set up a final corkscrew blow. Realizing he can not block in time, Ippo launches an attack as well, but Okita misses his shot due to lingering damage on his legs. Ippo lands his punch on Okita's face, and the latter falls to the canvas. Okita holds on to the ropes and begins to get up, but despite the cheers and Date's encouragement, he falls again. The referee goes over to inspect Okita, and crosses his arms indicating the match is over, and that Ippo is the winner.