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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Takamura Mamoru, Aoki Masaru, Kimura Tatsuya, Naomichi Yamada
While eating hamburgers with Yamada, Ippo reflects on his sparring match with Date. He notes how far apart they still are, and that it was a good lesson. Yamada tells him that he acts the way he does because he is constantly bullied. Ippo tells him a story of how he was bullied himself, and Yamada moved by this has even more admiration for him now.
Back at the gym, Kimura tells Ippo that Date will be fighting for the world title if he wins a few more fights. Ippo says that he is not satisfied with that, as he wants it to be Date he fights for the the belt. Yagi interrupts them, to say that there is a challenge from the Nakadai Boxing Gym. Ippo's predecessor as the rookie king; Okita Keigo has requested a match. As the coach thinks about it, Ippo asks without hesitation to let him fight.