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- Characters Introduced: Yamaguchi Tomoko
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Makunouchi Hiroko, Miyazaki
Ippo goes to see the doctor, who tells him that the reason for his injuries is the fact that the muscles of his arms can not withstand the punching power he has. She tells him that he will be able to fight in the next match but also warns him about the dangers of it. In order to able to punch full power without getting injured, Ippo must develop his shoulder muscles.
Back at the Naniwa Kentou-kai, Sendou is hitting the mitts with his coach, when he receives a package from Ippo. In the box, along with the souvenirs he left, there is a note from Ippo saying that he might be able to make it to the All Japan Rookie King Tournament. Excited by the news, Sendou resumes training.