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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
After the matches are over, Ippo and Takamura go to the locker room in order to cheer Aoki and Kimura up. The fighters, who are in in a better mood than expected, are congratulated by their gym mates, and encourage Ippo to win before they leave.
Later that night (as Kamogawa predicted), despite their act, Aoki and Kimura are very upset about the way their matches went, and spend the night reflecting on the events.
The next day, Ippo is training as hard as he can to live up to his friends's expectations, but is troubled as he can not find a good strategy to face Volg. He goes looking for advice from the coach, who is just returning in a bad mood after having a conversation with Volg's trainer. After hearing Volg's coach talk in a negative way about Japan's boxing and the people involved in it, Kamogawa is extremely angry and tells Ippo that he will give him his "new weapon".