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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
Knowing that it is his last chance, Ippo charges at Kobashi, who is surprised to see Ippo moving the way he is despite his condition. To maintain distance, Kobashi swings at Ippo repeatedly, till he catches him on the jaw, leaving Ippo confused. Ecstatic by the feeling of almost knocking Ippo out, Kobashi decides to finish his opponent and delivers a barrage of blows. This however gives Ippo the opportunity to deliver a body blow of his own. Just as Ippo, Kobashi is determined to win via knockout (much to his his coach concern), and they begin the final exchange to decide the winner.