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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
Kobashi continues to heavily attack hoping aiming for his first knockout. Ippo, who is using the same tactic he used against Miyata, finally takes advantage of the opportunity and gets out of the corner to deliver a straight. Kobashi dazed by this, receives a body blow and falls with thirteen seconds left to the end. As his coach encourages him, Kobashi gets up with much struggle but immediately falls over. The Referee declares Ippo the winner with only two seconds left.
After the fight, Kobashi in his locker room, discusses with his coach about how naive he was attempting a knockout, but the coach encourages him by telling him that he can achieve it if he tries hard enough. Meanwhile, Ippo excited over his victory, informs Takamura, who is focused on his own match and ready to fight.