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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Mashiba Ryou
After the damage inflicted by Ippo's consecutive strikes, Mashiba becomes unable to use his flicker jab, due to the pain in his left arm. Realizing that he was the winner of the exchange, Ippo quickly rushes in and delivers combinations of body blows to Mashiba's body. As Ippo dominates the fight, Mashiba begins to lose control of his legs. Determined to finish the fight, Ippo goes on the attack, but suddenly starts suffering from the damage he has received. Despite this he manages to keep standing and trade blows with Mashiba. Ippo clearly has the upper hand as Mashiba is on shaky legs. Mashiba catches Ippo with a clinch, but the latter gets away ready to strike when the bell rings. Both fighters go to their corners as they tell themselves how they will win the fight.