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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Umezawa Masahiko, Takemura and Matsuda
As Umezawa and his friends prepare to cheer for Ippo, their cheers are utterly drowned in those from the people of Osaka cheering for Sendou. First to enter is Sendou, who is acclaimed by his people. Next, is Ippo who is antagonized by the public. However, once in the ring and after seeing Sendou and being encouraged by his coach, Ippo realizes he is fighting only one man. Ippo tells Kamogawa that he is not sure his fist will work properly, but the latter tells him to use whatever he has.
The bell rings and Sendou, whose presence overwhelms Ippo, causing him to freeze still, calmly walks towards him, and delivers two left jabs that blow away Ippo's guard.