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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
The fight starts with both boxers engaging in a highly technical exchange where neither one connects a proper hit. Ippo has in mind that there is only one chance for a counter, and Hayami gradually speeds up his movements. Ippo cornered, is finally caught with a punch, but it has no effect, he responds with a hook that despite hitting on a guarded opponent, still sends him away. Ippo successfully gets close to Hayami and attentively watches his left, waiting for the uppercut, but Hayami never uses it. It is revealed by Hayami's coach, that Hayami intends to in fight, as a way to prove his superiority. Ippo realizes this and accepts.