After Leaving the Ring... Imai has knocked the opponent down, and the ref stopped the fight. Imai wins with a First Round KO. The crowd comments that Imai's entrances take longer than the actual matches, and they wonder if there is anyone in Japan that can beat him.
Itagaki thinks he can, even though he lost to Imai before. Those three matches combine are less than 10 minutes long.
At the end of the match, Imai gets asked by the female reporter if he has any plans for the future. Imai mentions he has his eyes on a World Ranking, and he wants to take on two Japanese boxers in particular.
The reporter asked Imai if he wants to fight those two. Imai answers, "No, the person I wanted to fight was... Makunouchi Ippo.
With Ippo gone, Imai fills a void for the fans, where they think the next generation is taking over. Even with Ippo gone, the crowd still think it would have been nice to see Ippo in a World title match.
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HAJIME NO IPPO #1210 - Review