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- Characters Introduced: Okita Keigo
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: Heart Break Shot (mentioned)
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
Once in the ring, Date refuses to wear any headgear, which worries Ippo. Date tells him that it is alright, and to not hold back. As Ippo feels uneasy for not having a second with him, the bell rings.
As soon as the fight starts, Ippo is overwhelmed by Date's presence alone, and receives a powerful hit that does not knock him out because of the headgear. He focuses and attempts to block a punch, but is outclassed by the champion. As the match progresses, Ippo begins to improve his performance as he dodges and lands a few attacks. When a straight knocks Date off balance, Ippo goes for a finisher, but the bell ends the round.
As Date walks to his corner and notes how annoying "young opponents" are, he states that it is time to use his "magic punch", which leaves Ippo very confused.