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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Techniques Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Kamogawa Genji, Ruslan Ramuda
In his corner, Ippo is praised by Kamogawa for surviving, but all he replies with is how incredible Kamogawa is for always knowing what to do. In the other corner, Ramuda realizes that Ippo is still standing due to his ability to absorb damage, which was gained after Kamogawa's training. He explains this to Volg, and tells him that his opponents has no more weapons.
The fourth round begins with Volg knowing how Ippo absorbs damage taken to the head through his legs, so he targets the body instead. At his coach's order, Volg attempts a blow to finish the fight now that Ippo can not absorb the damage, but as Kamogawa notes; Ippo, with the courage that makes up for his lack of talent, counters with a body blow. They begin an exchange that at first is even, but is soon dominated by Volg, who with a damaging punch, manages to stop Ippo's movements.