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Everyone present is in shock at the sight of Ippo standing back up, with Sendou even more so than anyone else. Kamogawa has faith in the fact that Ippo has improved since facing Date, while Sendou is extremely angry at his opponents resistance. The champion then states that his punch was too light and that Ippo's determination is stronger than the hit was. Ippo is impressed at his opponent's strength but is not willing to give up on the fight. Sendou rushes in once again, and throws a succession of punches to a cornered Ippo, who in the middle of the barrage, sees the opportunity to counterattack with a liver blow that cracks Sendou's sixth and seventh ribs, but is unable to stop him completely. Realizing that Sendou is hurt, but not enough to stop, Ippo follows up with another body blow that completely breaks Sendou's ribs, and then lands a third one that makes him take a stance that clearly favors his right side. Full of determination, Sendou can think of nothing other than beating Ippo in order to be recognized as the best, but the referee steps in between them and ends the round.
Back in his corner, Sendou simply tells Yanaoka to take care of the blood, and he will handle the rest. On the other corner, Ippo asks Kamogawa what it means to be strong, and the coach replies that in order to know, he must beat the champion first. Ippo agrees and walks to the center of the ring as the bell signals the beginning of the sixth round.