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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Takamura Mamoru, Aoki Masaru, Kimura Tatsuya, Nurse Reiko
Takamura and Kimura, who are competing for second place after the invincible Aoki, begin to get worried as Ippo's score keeps getting closer to theirs. Ippo, nervous about not ending up paired with Kumi, misses his shot and the game ends with Aoki as the winner. Despite winning the game, Aoki chooses the least attractive of the nurses in an iconic display of his bad taste in women.
The group is divided in pairs, and Ippo escorts Kumi to her house. Once they arrive, she invites him in and they have a cup of tea as they wait for Mashiba to return. Ippo's behavior makes Kumi wonder if he is afraid of her brother, to which he replies that he is not. Her suspicions however are confirmed when Mashiba arrives and Ippo runs away. As he is out wondering where to take a cab to go home, Mashiba approaches Ippo and implies that he must win his match against Date so that he can be crushed by Mashiba himself. Motivated by Mashiba's way of encouragement, Ippo gets excited about the fight.