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- Characters Introduced: Suzuki Toshio
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): None
By defeating Okita, Ippo has now been ranked number ten by the Japanese Boxing Commission. Okita goes to the opposite corner and greets Ippo. He then turns around and leaves the ring as he apologizes to Date. As Okita leaves, Date says to himself that Okita lost because he tried to reach him, while Ippo won, because he tried to surpass him.
After an interview, Ippo dresses in his locker room and goes to watch Date's match with Takamura. The second ranked opponent is no match for the champion and falls victim to a heart break shot, a corkscrew left to the face (which knocks him out), but before falling, he takes a straight as well.
In the post-fight interview, Date states that he will not relinquish his belt for the time being as he still has "business" to take care of in Japan. He then looks at Ippo implying he was the business he meant. Ippo unable to stare back at him, but showing some resolve, simply gets up and leaves.