|Romanized Title:||Kazaguruma no riron|
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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
Despite Ippo being the better in fighter, it is Hayami who dominates the fight by blocking all of Ippo's attempts and landing a high amount of punches. Takamura notes that it is because of the fight not going the way he wanted, that Ippo is not following his game plan properly. Hayami continues to overwhelm Ippo with a series of combinations until Ippo finally falls, marking the first down of the match. Ippo struggles to get up, but is unable. As the count reaches eight, Ippo remembers Ozuma and Kobashi, and finally stands to continue fighting. The exchange continues with Hayami seemingly dominate, but with more determination than ever, Ippo manages to graze Hayami a couple of times, which is enough to make him feel his power, and afraid, backs away.