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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Alexander Volg Zangief
Ippo is extremely upset about the way Volg has been treated, but every other member of the gym knows that it is only natural. Kamogawa explains to Ippo how the business in a gym works with a foreign expensive fighter. He also states that the reason for which Volg fought so well against Sendou, was because he knew it was his last chance. Ippo then remembers how Volg survived the smash and how Ramuda was protesting, and realizes it was because they knew already what would happen if he lost. Takamura gives Ippo money (stolen from Aoki) for a cab to the airport.
Ippo arrives at the airport and asks for the way to the flight to Russia, but he spots Volg, who is getting ready to leave. Volg admits to Ippo that he has regrets and that a boxer is measured by his results, so it is normal that since he failed in the professional ring, he would be sent back. Ippo cheers him up, and Volg lets him know that not everything was in vain. He tells Ippo that thanks to him, he is now aware that he does like boxing. He also states his plans to continue and become something beyond a national champion one day. Before leaving, Volg gives Ippo his old gloves and speaks his last words in Japanese: "sayonara".
As Volg leaves, Ippo begins crying and promises to never forget he fought with such a man.