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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
In the locker room, Dr. Yamaguchi examines Ippo's fist and determines that due to his pain, the only solution is give him a shot. She also warns him that by feeling no pain, he will not be able to know if he gets a worse injury. after taking the pain killers, Ippo can now punch, even though he does not feel anything.
Meanwhile in Sendou's room, his coach informs him of Ippo's spar with Komori. Sendou dismisses this as he thinks a spar means nothing, and that in the ring, just like himself, Ippo will be at his best.