Ippo makes his way to the ring in fear of people's reactions after five months of inactivity but is surprised when he hears the entire audience cheering for him. Not nervous anymore, Ippo enters the ring while Umezawa tells Fujii about the move he witnessed.
The bell rings and Ippo extends his arms in a show of respect but Ponchai hits the arm away and throws a straight. Ippo manages to block it but is caught with many combinations that leave him unable to react. As Kamogawa informs Yagi, Ippo is simply getting used to boxing again. Ponchai keeps punching but Ippo, who has regained his confidence, delivers a one-two that stops his opponent on his tracks.