|Romanized Title:||Namida no ribāburō|
|Anime:||Round 45 (p.1-17)|
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- Techniques Introduced: Double Punch
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Takamura Mamoru, Naomichi Yamada
After been beaten by Takamura, Yamada falls victim to Aoki's Double Punch, and Kimura's superior footwork. However, all members are able to notice how much Yamada has improved his techniques and acquired courage. Not wanting to be the only one to not spar, Ippo decides to fight as well. As he is the closest in fighting style to Yamada, Ippo fights as best as he can without holding back in order to be an example for him, and delivers a liver blow which cause Yamada to vomit. By the time they are over, the seniors can see how much Yamada has grown and let him know that he is always welcomed at Kamogawa Boxing Gym. Yamada himself promise to not forget his friends after leaving and wishes them good luck.