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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Saeki Takuma
Both fighters discuss strategies with their trainers while Date and Takamura analyze the match. Date implies he thinks Saeki will win, then he says that he will learn from Ippo how to deal with the speed.
The next round starts and Ippo repeats his strategy by throwing punches that miss, but slowly push Saeki to the corner. Once in the corner, Ippo throws left jabs to force Saeki to the right so he can land a body blow on him. Saeki however, utilizes the ropes and dodges, but instead of retreating like he previously did, he attacks. Using flicker jabs, Saeki corners Ippo and begins a one sided beating. Charging forward as he covers his face, Ippo finally escapes, but he now has a swollen eye. Hiding in Ippo's blind spot, Saeki delivers a straight and the bell rings saving Ippo, who barely makes it to his corner.