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- Characters Introduced: Bonchai Chuwatana
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Date Eiji
As Date introduces himself to Ippo, Takamura walks by and starts talking to Date. He tells Ippo how they met, and Date lets them know that he will be commenting on the fights. As Date walks away, Takamura informs him of Ippo's abilities and tells him to be careful. The champion replies by inviting Ippo to "play" at his gym.
Later that night, as the Kamogawa crew is discussing the fights, Aoki and Kimura are ranked higher, meaning with a few more fights they could get a title shot. They encourage Ippo to do the same, but he replies there are "still" nine people before the champion. The coach, hearing this, tells him that in actuality there are "only" nine.