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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: Ryogoku Kokugikan
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Kimura Tatsuya, Takamura Mamoru, Aoki Masaru
Arriving at the Ryogoku Kokugikan for the first time, Ippo is mystified by the venue, and furthermore by the fact that the one fighting is Date. As he takes a seat along with Takamura, Aoki and Kimura, they see Okita fighting in the preliminaries. Takamura says he is putting on a performance to get the people exited for the main event. When Okita wins, a video showing memorable moments of the fighters involved in the main event's past begins playing. Takamura states that the odds are in the champion's favor, but adds that it is a fight between someone who wants to get to the top, and someone who does not want to leave. The winner will be the one who wants it more. Fujii tells Ippo that Date wants to see him in the waiting room, and Ippo immediately goes.
Ippo gets to the waiting room, and sees Aiko and Yuuji greeting him. Yuuji tells Ippo that his father will become the world champion, and Ippo replies by confirming it. When Ippo goes in, Date is already being called for the match, but tells Ippo that he will be waiting for him at the top. As the former champion walks away, Ippo begs him to please win and become his "eternal goal".