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By Lee Bates
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) is well ahead of schedule in training as he preparation for his title defense against WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs). Lopez released the following statement upon hearing Penalosa’s comments that Lopez will suffer the same fate as former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez who was knocked out by Penalosa. “There is no comparison between his fight with Gonzalez and the fight he is going to have with me. Gonzalez is right handed and I’m a southpaw for one. Also, Gonzalez was well known to have been struggling to make the 118 pound weight limit for the fight with Penalosa whereas I make 122 pounds very comfortably. I respect Penalosa’s power but I’ve been in with strong fighters as well such as former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, who I defeated to win my world title. Penalosa is a come forward type of fighter which works perfect for me. I’m going to fight my fight as normal and fully expect a spectacular victory for me,” said Lopez. Lopez-Penalosa takes place on April 25th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and is promoted by The fight card is being promoted by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera).
By Robert Coster
Rafael de La Cruz is one of the best known boxers in the Dominican Republic, better known by his nickname, “Kalunga.” Record: 2-31. Weight class: hard to tell. So, why waste ink over such a professional loser ? Well, for one, promoters in the Carribean islands just love “Kalunga.” He is always ready to fight at any time, at any weight from 122 to 160(!), will always put up his best effort while giving young prospects a good scrap. Not the type of opponent to go in there and lay down, “Kalunga”comes to fight and will always try to earn his bucks (pesos, in this case). In his nine-year career as a crowd-pleasing loser, De la Cruz has fought boxers like Joan Guzman, Agapito Sanchez (world champions), Victoriano Sosa, Edison Miranda, Giovanni Lorenzo and more. (more…)
Jason “The American Boy” Litzau (23-2, 19 KOs) will return as a lightweight on April 18th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It will be the exciting Litzau’s first fight since his devastating IBF featherweight title loss to Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in February 2008. Litzau will face Daniel Mitchell (5-0-1, 2 KOs) in an eight round bout. In the main event, Matt “The Predator” Vanda (39-9, 22 KOs) is looking to get his career back on track against the “Bismarck Bomber” Tocker Pudwill (40-6, 14 KOs). Vanda has lost his last two fights by decisions against undefeated fighters John Duddy and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Also featured is the other half of “The American Boy” duo Allen Litzau (13-3, 7 KOs), who is hoping to spoil Wilton Hilario’s (10-0-1, 8 KOs) undefeated record and take home the IBA Super Featherweight America’s Belt title in a ten rounder. Tickets ($15, $25, $50 and $75) are on sale now at the Target Center box office and Ticketmaster. Call 651-989-5151.
North Philadelphia’s 23 year old welterweight Kaseem Wilson (11-1-1, 3 KOs) will box veteran Louie Leija (21-10-1, 15 KOs) and junior middleweight Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (9-6, 6 KOs) meets Jerome Ellis (11-9-2, 10 K0s) in a pair of eight-round fights Friday evening May 1 at the Legendary Blue Horizon, 1314 North Broad Street. Topping the seven-fight card is a ten round battle between world-ranked super bantamweight Rogers Mtagwa (25-12-2, 18 KOs), of South Philadelphia, and Ricardo Medina (31-33-5, 17 KOs), of Mazatlan, Mexico. Tickets are priced at $45 and $60. They are on sale at Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. (215-765-0922) and Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. (215-364-9000). They also can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.com.
WBC #7 flyweight contender Manny “Suavecito” Roman (14-0-1, 5 KOs) returns to action tonight against Anthony Villarreal (8-2, 4 KOs) in the main event at the “Battle in the Ballroom” event at the Irvine Marriott. The 21 year-old Roman and 22 year-old Villarreal will battle for the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental flyweight title. Also in action, one of Southern California top amateur stars makes his pro debut, as Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr faces John Dunham (0-2) in a four-round welterweight contest. Centeno had an 85-5 amateur record plus he won Jr. Olympics and PAL national titles. The seven bout card features top local talent from across the State of California and the west coast.
Special guests include the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard, “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas, Jorge “The Clown Prince of Boxing” Paez, “Mighty” Mike Anchondo and current WBA female super featherweight champion Kina Malpartida. Englebrecht said: “This is the first time that I have had five former or current world champions at a ‘Battle in the Ballroom’ event.” The promoter was quick to note that over 36 current or former world champions have fought at the Marriott during in 25-year history of the “Battle in the Ballroom” series.
Another highlight of this special night will be the second induction ceremony for the “Battle in the Ballroom Hall of Fame” which will include former WBO junior lightweight champ “Mighty” Mike Anchondo; former California State super bantamweight champion George “Rocky” Garcia; former California State welterweight champion Ernie Chavez; 90’s light heavyweight standout the late Ernie Magdaleno; and promoter Don Frazier who was the first promoter at the Marriott. Both Garcia and Chavez won their State titles at the Marriott.
Less than a hundred tickets remain for tonight’s event! Doors open at 6:30pm and the first bell rings at 7:30pm. Tickets are available by calling 949-553-0100 or at the box office.
When Miguel Angel Torres defended the WEC® bantamweight title against Japanese striker Takeya Mizugaki at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL last Sunday, fans were treated to an early candidate for Fight of the Year. For five grueling rounds, Torres and Mizugaki traded leather and proved why the WEC’s 135-pound division is one of the most exciting in all of mixed martial arts. Tomorrow night, fans have the chance to witness the Torres-Mizugaki clash, plus the entire main card again on VERSUS at 8PM ET/5PM PT and at 11PM ET/8PM PT.
Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor says he’s is bigger and stronger than he ever has been in his boxing career — and he wants Carl Froch to know it. Taylor, still in the middle of an intensive training camp in Miami, will fight as a super middleweight for the second time in his career when he tries to take Froch’s WBC Super Middleweight belt from the Englishman on April 25. “I will have a lot of power at 168 pounds,” Taylor said. “Pound-for-pound he’s not the fighter I am, and he knows it. He won’t be able to hold up to the firepower I’m bringing in the ring on April 25th.” Taylor dispatched Jeff Lacy in his first fight at 168 pounds, and is prepared to be the aggressor and take the fight to Froch for 12 rounds. The fight card is being promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Hennessy Sports. Tickets are on sale now and priced at $200, $100, $75 and $50. Showtime Championship Boxing will telecast live from MGM Grand Theater at MGM at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn. at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs) is having a very solid training camp for his next bout. Penalosa will challenge WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22KOs) on April 25th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Penalosa is currently training at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Penalosa is very confident of victory and responded to Lopez’ recent comments on saying he was hoping to stop Penalosa within 5-6 rounds. “I hope he trains very hard. Jhonny Gonzalez said the same thing and look what happened to him. The same will happen to Lopez. I will win this fight,” said Penalosa. Lopez-Penalosa is promoted by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera).
Amir Khan will step up a division to light-welterweight and challenge WBA World Champion Andreas Kotelnik promoter Frank Warren said today. Hot-shot Khan, fresh from his win against Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera – WBO #1 and WBA #3 ranked at the time – last month in Manchester, gets his dream opportunity on June 27 with a venue to be confirmed shortly. Warren said, “This is the moment that Amir has been waiting for and I’m delighted to deliver him the opportunity. Amir put in a sensational performance against a three time world champion and future Hall of Famer in Barrera in only his 21st fight and now he has to produce the same form against Kotelnik who is a good hard fighter.” (more…)
“Mike Jones is being frozen out by the networks,” said promoter Russell Peltz of his undefeated welterweight prospect. “Jones is 17 and 0 with 15 knockouts. He ranked #10 by the IBF and the WBA, plus he is #11 by the WBO.” A pro since 2005, Jones broke into the world ratings in 2008 by scoring knockouts over veterans Juliano Ramos and Luciano Perez, plus decisions over experienced opponents Germaine Sanders and Gilbert Venegas. It was the sixth-round knockout by Jones over Ramos in August 2008 that earned him the vacant NABA 147-pound title. “Why can’t he get on ESPN2 or ShoBox or HBO’s Boxing After Dark?” asked Peltz. Answering his own question, Peltz replied: “Because there is a ‘closed-shop mentality’ at the TV networks. Everybody knows what is going on. Why do fighters like James De La Rosa and Luis Carlos Abregu, both of whom flat out rejected Jones, get dates while Jones gets shunned? The networks are throwing a birthday party and giving gifts to particular promoters and fighters but not to Mike Jones. And only particular promoters and their fighters are invited to party. Jones will fight De La Rosa, Abregu, (Andre) Berto, (Luis) Collazo, (Delvin) Rodriguez, or (Luis) Abregu but they will not fight Mike Jones! Where is the invitation to the birthday party for Mike Jones?”
Jones is scheduled to defend his NABA title against Larry Mosley at Bally’s in Atlantic City on June 6th but Peltz would like to match his fighter against top-ten contender or a champion. “Mosley is a hard-nosed veteran. He went twelve rounds with Saul Alvarez in his last fight (Oct 2008). Alvarez is now the #3 contender in the WBC and the #8 contender in the WBA. We would prefer to fight Alvarez but he is not available.”
World champion Edwin ‘Superman’ Valero, 25-0 with 25 KOs and the biggest KO artist in boxing since Mike Tyson was in his prime, will next fight July 25 on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 9 pay per view. Bob Arum of Top Rank said he is looking for a lightweight challenger “…but it is difficult to find someone brave enough to face Superman. “After all, nobody wants to become #26 on the Hit Parade,” said Arum. Valero, 27, of Bolero Alto, Venezuela is the WBC Lightweight champion. Top Rank will soon announce more details about the July 25 event.
Tickets are on sale at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for Top Rank’s May 1 card featuring Urbano Antillon vs. Tyrone ‘Fists of Fury’ Harris in a lightweight fight. Tickets at $75, $50, $35 and $20 are available on Ticketmaster.com and at the Hard Rock box office.
Looks like unbeaten Olympic heavyweight gold medal winner Odlanier Solis (13-0, 9 KOs) and longtime heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo (29-5, 18 KOs) will collide on the May 22 ESPN2 show. The bout will take place at the famous Fontainebleau Hotel directly on Miami Beach. The bout will be a step up in class for Solis, who has impressed against lesser competition. Oquendo is coming off a controversial split decision loss to James Toney in December.
By Scott Foster
Jeff Lacy is a risk taker. Never one to fight from the backseat, Lacy is most comfortable with his foot lodged firmly on the gas pedal, walking down his opponents like a beefed up BMW barreling down the autobahn. So rather than settle for the customary tune-up in the wake of the Taylor loss, Lacy chose to roll the dice instead, forming his own promotional company with an eye on illuminating the burgeoning Florida fight scene. “Left Hook Promotions” will kick-off it’s inaugural event this Friday night at the USF Sun Dome when Jeff Lacy (24-2, 17 KOs) takes on Otis Griffin (19-4-2, 7 KOs), winner of Oscar De La Hoya’s boxing reality show, “The Next Great Champ.” (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
Today’s UFC 97: Redemption conference call offered a brief glimpse into what fans can expect on April 18 at the sold-out Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, when the UFC middleweight champion, Anderson “The Spider” Silva (23-4) looks to add on to his growing legacy when he meets Thales Leites (14-1) in the night’s main event. (more…)
A press conference was held today to officially announce a heavyweight showdown between Timo Hoffmann (38-6-1, 22 KOs) and the “White Buffalo” Francois Botha (47-4-2, 28 KOs) on May 15 at the famous Bördelandhalle in Madeburg, Germany. Hoffmann, the only fighter ever to go the distance with WBC champion Vitali Klitschko, was on-hand in person while Botha appeared via live video chat. The fight will be for the WBF title.
Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, announced today the hiring of boxing veteran Carl Moretti as Vice President, in charge of Boxing Operations. “We are ecstatic about Carl joining the Top Rank family,” said duBoef. “He’s a great fit for the company. He understands Top Rank’s goals and will be a huge asset in helping to achieve them. Most of all, Carl is just plain good and I can tell you right now, Top Rank is already the better for signing him.” Moretti, 48, of North Arlington, NJ, has been in the boxing business for 23 years, starting as an assistant matchmaker at Madison Square Garden’s boxing department, followed by stints as Vice President at Main Events and DiBella Entertainment. Carl and his wife Judy have two daughters, Katie, 17 and Colleen, 11. “I’m going to miss working with the gang at DiBella Entertainment, they’ve all been great. And Lou, well, he’s a man’s man and I thank him for everything he has done for me. He realized Top Rank was offering me an incredible opportunity and he gave me his blessing the second I discussed it with him,” said Moretti. “I’ve known everyone at Top Rank for a long time and I look forward to being in the same corner with them. Bob and Todd have a vision I believe in and I look forward to making that vision a reality.”
Tickets will go on sale this Friday morning for “FISTS OF THUNDER II”, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, May 2nd at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, PA. “FISTS OF THUNDER II” is presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, curators of the highly acclaimed national boxing series “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” and Team Taylor Made Boxing in association with Rezk Medical Supply . . . . Click here for more
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) organization today officially launched a new text alert service for mobile devices, giving fans the opportunity to receive UFC news as it happens, as well as event updates and other information about UFC . . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBO 130 pound world champion Billy Dib (22-1, 11 KOs) talks to Fightnews and explains why he has IBF featherweight champion Cristobal Cruz in his sights, the best win he scored in the USA, and why Sugar Shane Mosley is his greatest supporter, plus reveals that the Grange Gym will be promoting him in 2009. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has announced the undercard for the IBF junior lightweight title fight between Cassius Baloyi and Malcolm Klassen to be held at the North West University Sports Complex in Mafikeng on Saturday April 18. There are a scheduled 70 rounds of boxing with the main attraction being Baloyi’s second defence of his IBF belt against the mandatory challenger Malcolm Klassen. The 34-year-old Baloyi 36-3-1; 19 who has won six world organisation belts will be taking part in his 24th “world” title fight in his sixteenth year as a professional fighter. It has been reported that Baloyi will be receiving his biggest purse ever against the 28-year-old Klassen 23-4-2; 13, a former South African featherweight champion who also held the IBF junior lightweight belt for less than six months. This will be Klassen’s third “world” title fight and also his richest purse ever. (more…)
Two-division world champion Paul Williams (36-1, 27 KOs) battles former undisputed junior middleweight world Champion Winky Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs) this Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Owner of world titles at welterweight and junior middleweight, Williams is now chasing after glory at middleweight. With wins over Antonio Margarito, Carlos Quintana, Sharmba Mitchell and Vernon Phillips, the 160-pound weight class had better watch out for “The Punisher.”
Get up-close and personal with Paul “The Punisher” Williams during a recent Everlast photo shoot. Learn how “The most feared man” in boxing feels about his upcoming April 11th middleweight bout with Winky Wright, and his thoughts on why even world title holders won’t meet him in the ring. Click here for more videos of the “The Punisher” in action.
Tickets for UFC 100 go on sale Thursday, April 9, at 10 AM PT for FightClub members . . . Click here for more
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Boxing will make its triumphant return to the scenic town of Wilkes-Barre PA on Saturday night April 11th at the beautiful Woodlands Inn and Resort. Headlining the card which is promoted by Andre Kut of KEA Boxing Promotions is the hard hitting former Scranton Police Officer, Jason Gavern (16-5-3, 8 KOs) in the six round main event. Gavern the former 2001 PA State super heavyweight champion, recently captured a unanimous decision victory over Butler, PA’s Jim Emrick (7-3-1, 2 KOs) and looks to take that next step up as he moves toward national contention, when he tangles with Michael “Big Daddy” Rhodes (3-4-3, 1 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA. Doors open at 7 PM with the first bout scheduled for 7:30 PM. Tickets are priced at $100, $60, and $40. For more information contact the Woodlands Inn and Resort at 574-824-9831. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
Former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (21-1, 7 KOs) returns on May 2nd for a rematch WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno (24-1-1, 8 KOs) in Bremen, Germany. Their first fight took place on May 31st, 2008 and ended in a unanimous decision 116-113, 116-112, 116-112 for Moreno. Sidorenko has granted an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
For the first time in three decades, professional boxing returns to Lynchburg, VA with a seven-bout Major League Boxing card at the Lynchburg City Armory. Headlining the card will be light heavyweight Scott “Cujo” Sigmon of nearby Bedford, VA. Sigmon (5-1, two KO’s) is coming off a second-round stoppage of Frankie Fillipone in Fluvanna, VA on March 7. Fillipone injured his right hand and could not answer the bell for the third round. Sigmon will participate in an eight-round encounter against Toris “The Bull” Brewer of Charleston, SC. Brewer (14-2, six KO’s) has not fought since winning a four-round unanimous decision over Norman Johnson in May of 2008 in Charlotte, NC. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Former WBA light-heavyweight champion Danny Green insists a lucrative re-match with Anthony Mundine is still firmly on the cards, despite recent comments from the former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion. Mundine stated last week that he preferred to campaign in the middleweight division for the near future, targeting Kelly Pavlik, Arthur Abraham and Felix Sturm. He is currently ranked WBA#1 for Sturm’s 160 pound title and takes on IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale in Brisbane on May 27th. The 36-year-old Green told the Sydney Morning Herald, “The only reason he is trying to put the fight off is because he’s obviously worried about my power at light-heavyweight but it is 100% that the fight will take place. What you’ve got to understand is that the brains of the outfit with Anthony Mundine is with (his manager) Khoder Nasser and I think if you were to ask Khoder whether the fight would take place it would be a resounding yes. Financially, there is no bigger fish to fry than me.” Green (25-3, 22KO’s) makes the first fight in his comeback when he takes on South African Anthony van Nierkierk (21-6-1, 13KO’s) at the Challenge Stadium in Perth on 26th April. The fight can be seen on a PPV basis in Australia from 7pm EDT via Main Events. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Fightnews spoke with Kronk boss Emanuel Steward regarding comments that appeared on the site last week concerning the cancellation of last month’s show at Madison Square Garden in which promoter Eddie McLoughlin stated that the “real reason” the show was scraped was due to difficulties in dealing with headliner Andy Lee and his people. Steward was eager to respond. “We did everything that was asked of us. I think the real problem was the promotion’s legal issues regarding John Duddy that caused them to lose focus. We participated in the original press conference and Andy and all of us were ready to do whatever else was necessary to help the promotion. However, there were no flyers, no TV, no radio, no posters, virtually nothing to promote the card consequently ticket sales were naturally soft.” (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Rising Finnish junior welterweight prospect Jaakko Myllylä (now 8-0, 2 KOs) scored his biggest career win this Saturday in Haapavesi outpointing upset-minded Russian journeyman Andrey Devyataykin (14-18-1, 5 KOs) over eight hard-fought rounds. With the win Myllylä acquired the vacant Baltic Boxing Union 140lb belt. (more…)
In an IBF junior welterweight eliminator, two-time former world champion Randell Bailey (39-6, 34 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round knockout over Frankie Figueroa (20-3, 13 KOs) last Friday night outdoors on the famous Beale Street in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Click here for photos.
Young prospect Sylvester Lopez demolished Korean national champion Jong-Nam Park in round eight to win the vacant WBC International super flyweight title Sunday night at Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City , Metro Manila, Philippines. Lopez caught Park with vicious left hook to the body to send the 26-year old Korean on the canvas and referee Bruce McTavish stopped the fight at 2:16 of the round. The 21-year-old boxer of promoter Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde Jr. was comfortable ahead on three judges’ scorecards at the time of stoppage. Park went down three time from body shots in the first round, but he gave Lopez hard times, particularly in round 4. Lopez, 21-year old native of Kabasalan town in Zamboanga Sibugay, take his time and his patience paid off. Lopez improved to 9-2-1 with six knockouts. He dedicated his victory to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and to the boxing fans.
Jose Santiago at the Octagon
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In front of 5,257 fight fans at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, local superstar Miguel Angel Torres defended his WEC bantamweight title against Takeya Mizugaki, who pushed the champ through five tough and rugged rounds.
In the opening round Mizugaki surprised Torres and the crowd by standing toe-to-toe with Torres and holding his own in the cage as the two exchange vicious blows. Torres appeared to be a little tentative after experiencing a few solid shots from the challenger . . . Click here for more
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Box Latino and PM Promotions joined forces on Saturday night to put on an exciting seven bout fight card billed as “The Revenge” at the legendary El Foro Theatre in the heart of TIjuana, MX. The theatre housed Jai Alai matches in its previous life but now is known at the house that the sweet science built since its considered the home of Tijuana club shows. In a stunning upset, Carlos Rueda (12-3, 11KO) of Nicaragua stopped previously unbeaten David “Flecha” Gaspar (9-1-1, 6KO) with a third round TKO in a scheduled ten round super flyweight match up while in the semi main event Juan Luis “Perla Negra” Hernandez earned a tough split decision over Costa Rica’s Alejandro Martinez in ten bantamweight rounds. (more…)
The World Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has called for an April 13th purse bid for a heavyweight championship fight between WBA champion Nicolay Valuev and champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev. Minimum bid is $1 milllion. The purse disbursement will be 55% for Ruslan Chagaev and 45% for Nicolay Valuev. The bidding will take place at 6PM at the at European Boxing Association office in Vitoria, Spain, and be directed by Bartolome Torralba. The bid will be monitored by WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza via internet video conference from Panama City, Panama.
By Alexey Potapov
Team Klitschko has informed Fightnews.com that WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will fight former WBC/WBA/WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye on June 20th at the Veltins Arena in the German city of Gelsenkirchen. The stadium can hold 65,000 spectators and is home to the famous German football club Schalke 04. Previously it was planned to stage the Klitschko-Haye fight in London at Stamford Bridge Stadium, which is home to Chelsea Football Club.
The fight may be taking place 2,500 miles west, but Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton currently have a big presence in New York City’s Times Square. A giant billboard highlighting the upcoming Pacquiao-Hatton collision will be on display through the May 2nd pay-per-view event. An estimated 40 million impressions will take place in one of the world’s busiest intersections.
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