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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Takamura Mamoru
When he gets home, Ippo has a conversation with his mother, where she tells him that when he was bullied he would simply laugh it off, but now that he lost the fight, he is concerned like a true man. He admits his true feelings, and apologizes for wanting to keep fighting. She lets him know that she supports his decisions, so he should fight for as long as he wants.
He goes to Osaka in order to watch the Sendou vs Volg featherweight title bout. On his way in, he encounters Miyata, who saves him from a hostile group of Sendou-fans. In the stadium, the fight is about to start, and the cheering is all for Sendou. Ippo and Miyata sit to watch as the bell rings and the fighters approach the center of the ring.