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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: James J. Braddock
- Title Page Character(s): Sendou Takeshi
After receiving the smash from Sendou, an enraged Takamura reacts by knocking him out. While Ippo is getting water for Sendou, he reflects on how he does not want to lose in spirit to someone like him.
Kimura and Ippo take Sendou back to the train station in Aoki's car. While driving, both Ippo and Sendou silently analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the smash (which causes an awkward situation as the level of tension is high).
Upon arriving, Sendou's train is about to leave when he turns around and tells Ippo that he will be waiting for the fight at the All Japan Rookie King Tournament. The train leaves and Sendou reflects on his moves and training before realizing that he left behind a bag with souvenirs for his trainer.