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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: Hien (mentioned), Tsubame Gaeshi (mentioned)
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Sanada Kazuki, Hama Dankichi, Mashiba Kumi
A few days later at the gym, Kamogawa receives a call from Nekota, who lets him know about an article of Monthly Boxing Fan. Upon seeing the article, Kamogawa is clearly shaken by it and thanks Nekota. Ippo notices the picture of the old man in the magazine and tells his coach how he met him. Kamogawa then goes on to tell him about how Hama Dankichi was a rival of his and Nekota's during the days of the war. He also tells how he used to be considered a genius with a special technique, but had a weak jaw that proved to be his end. He ends by saying he is currently a well respected trainer in Mexico. They are suddenly interrupted by the man himself, who has come to greet Kamogawa after many years. He reveals that his fighter; Sanada, is now the top ranker in the featherweight division, and will be fighting Ippo at the champion carnival. He says to Kamogawa that it is not revenge and he has no ill feelings towards him since his memories of fighting his eternal rival were the best of the war. He states he only regrets his jaw, but rejoices at the idea of their students facing each other in the ring. Expressing much confidence in Sanada's skills, Dankichi leaves after warning that he has thought Sanada a new technique they must be aware of.