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|Romanized Title:||Tensai no sugao|
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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: Otowa Boxing Gym
- Mentioned Boxers: Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard
- Title Page Character(s): Hayami Ryuuichi, Makunouchi Ippo
Ippo watches slow motion videos of Hayami defeating his opponents, hoping to learn a way to defeat him. His mother asks if she can watch TV, but he says he needs to study, they end up conversing about Miyata's chances with his counter, which gives Ippo an idea.
The next day at the Otowa Boxing Gym, Fujii and his partner arrive to talk to Hayami. The boxer tells them that he will not study any of Ippo's matches as he considers him a disappointment. He also tells them that his arrogant attitude is just a way of making boxing in japan more popular, which is the reason for which he takes advantage of all the attention from the media. He then begins training, and as Fujii leaves, he notes that Ippo just might lose this fight.