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The first exchange of the round begins seemingly even, with Ippo believing that following his coach's advise is all he needs to win. Volg slowly begins to emerge victorious in the trade and outclasses Ippo who can no longer hit back and is beat to a point where the referee must stop Volg and begin a standing count. After determining that Ippo is able to continue, the referee gives the signal and the fight resumes. Volg attacks again and this time attempts to finish it with the white fang, but Ippo falls before he can initiate the combination. As Yagi suggests the coach to throw the towel in, the latter replies that he knows Ippo will keep fighting, because he clearly responded to him when he told him to "go for it". Remembering all he has learned from the coach, Ippo stands back up and delivers powerful blows to a surprised Volg. With only a few seconds left for the ending of the round, the fighters trade hits and are stopped as soon as the bell rings. Kamogawa takes Ippo to his corner and lets him know how well he did.