|Romanized Title:||Higashinihon shinjin-ō junkesshō|
|Anime:||Round 21 (p.4-19)|
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When the semi-finals for the East Japan Rookie King Tournament finally arrive, both Hayami and Ippo enter the ring, with the latter showing a swollen face full of bruises, and massive media coverage for the former. As Kōrakuen Hall is divided between cheers (with all girls in favour of Hayami), both fighters are introduced. Before the bell rings, Kamogawa tells Ippo that the counter chance will only come once.
Ippo has in mind what he was told by Kamogawa, and is ready to battle as the bell rings.