- Characters Introduced: Tanaka
- Mentioned Boxers: Hamada Tsuyoshi
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Mashiba Ryō
Meanwhile at their respective gyms, both Ippo and Mashiba are in the middle of sparring sessions, with both of them easily outclassing their opponents and impressing spectators. As the fighters finish the sparring, their respective coaches note to themselves that they are going to win.