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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Umezawa Masahiko
Umezawa, knowing that Ippo is retiring, asks him if he can allow him to work at the Makunouchi Fishing Boat. He tells him that he wants to live his dream of becoming a mangaka, and create a manga based on Ippo's rise to become the champion, and that the only way to do it, is to help Ippo's mother so he can keep boxing.
After only three days of hard work, Umezawa realizes that he can not keep up, and considers quitting. Later that night as he walks away, he sees Ippo shadowboxing, and regains his determination, saying that if Ippo does not do boxing, he can not do the manga.