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Former world title challenger Alexander Alexseev (19-1, 17 KOs), continued his reign of terror in the cruiserweight division with a brutal second round knockout over Australian Daniel Ammann (18-3-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night in Schwerin, Germany. A former Olympian and amateur world champion, Alekseev is seeking the fastest possible route to another world title shot. (more…)
Here’s a chance for all the last minute shoppers to meet former two-division world champion and current heavyweight contender Tomasz ‘Goral’ Adamek (37-1, 27 KO). Adamek will host a “Meet and Greet” at Jersey Gardens Mall, 651 Kapkowski Road, Elizabeth, NJ 07201 Lower Level Center Court, this Wednesday (12/23) from 6:30pm-7:30pm. On February 6th at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, Adamek will take on Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs) in a 12 rounder. Also on hand Wednesday will be three undefeated boxers who will also be featured on the February 6th show: Patrick Farrell (4-0 3 KOs); Olympian Sadam Ali (4-0 2 KOs), and Denis Douglin (6-0 3 KOs). Tickets for the fight will be available for purchase. The fighters will sign an official fight poster for each person who purchases tickets during the Meet and Greet.
Heavyweight hitters Derek Chisora (11-0, 6 KOs) and Matt Skelton (22-4, 19 KOs) are both promising explosive performances when they meet in a crossroads fight on February 13 at Wembley Arena. The pair will slug it out on Frank Warren’s first show of 2010 featuring British Champions Kevin Mitchell and Kell Brook, more heavyweight action with Sam Sexton versus Danny Williams, plus The Olympians James DeGale, Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders. Chisora vs Skelton will also double as an eliminator for the British title. (more…)
Chris Cozzone runs down the year’s action in New Mexico and El Paso: Who were the top fighters? The best cards? The worst fights? Who was the ‘Fighter of the Year?’ Click here for 2009 in review
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC female middleweight champion Wang Ya Nan (8-0, 3 KOs) of China defended the title successfully by clearly outpointing Charity Mukami (4-3-1) of Nairobi, Kenya at Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Sunday. The 5’9 champion used her superior height and reach advantage effectively and outworked her 5’4 opponent in most of the rounds. At the conclusion scores were Andrew Campbell 98-92, Aneeka Williams 99-91 and Allan McColl 98-92. (more…)
by Robert Coster
Not too many European boxers come over to the American continent nowadays to pursue their career. But French/Haitian junior middleweight Jimmy “Pitbull”Colas (28-6, 12 KOs) has decided to do just that. Colas, a two-times European Union champion and three-times French champion, won yet another belt last Friday in Haiti (his birthplace) with a two round blowout of Dominican Junior Ramos, adding the WBC Latino interim title to his collection. The stocky 29 year-old Jimmy, signed up by Haitian promoter Jacques Deschamps, dreams of big fights in Las Vegas, the Madison Square Garden and Montreal while promoter Deschamps predicts that Colas will become a favorite of US television stations because of his non-stop action style. Fightnews caught up with Jimmy Colas, proudly harboring his newest belt with the purpose of knowing more about him and to discuss his plans for the future. (more…)
Cageside by Anthony Springer Jr.
When the WEC announced a December event in Las Vegas featuring a bout between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Ed “9MM” Ratcliff, hardcore MMA fans knew they were in for a treat. Both fighters are known for their respective striking skills and both have a reputation for finishing fights.
Despite coming off a loss in an interim lightweight title bout to Benson Henderson, Cerrone’s record stood at an impressive 10-2 (1NC). On the other end, Ratcliff boasted a 7-1 record with six of those wins coming by stoppage . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Brady Crytzer and Antonio Castro
Photography by Gary Sarti
In a phone booth affair, WBC and WBO world middleweight Champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) battered challenger Miguel Espino (20-3-1, 9 KOs) for five rounds until the challenger’s corner threw in the towel giving Pavlik the TKO victory. In front of a supportive hometown crowd Pavlik dropped the challenger three times, each with a ripping right uppercut, en route to earning the TKO victory.
Despite being just six days before Christmas, the loyal followers of Pavlik came out in stride to support their hometown hero in the quaint basketball gymnasium that is the Beeghley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University. With 3,409 spectators in attendance, numbers paled in comparison to Pavlik’s February defense against Marco Antonio Rubio, but one would never know the difference judging by the vocal crowd support given to “The Ghost.” With the snow flurrying outside, fans were giddy with excitement . . . click here for more
(From left to right) Former junior featherweight world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former two-time junior featherweight world champion Israel Vazquez pose on Saturday at the 28th Annual Miracle On 1st Street Toy Giveaway in East Los Angeles, California.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs) retained his title by sixth round TKO against Héctor Velázquez (51-14-2, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Caracas, Venezuela. Valero battered Velázquez throughout the fight and the challenger did not come out for the seventh round. Valero suffered small cuts on the bridge of the nose and over the left eye, both caused by unintentional headbutts in the first round. “It was a little frustrating,” Valero said of the cuts, “but gradually I realized that the fight was mine.” The cuts aren’t expected to cause any problems with his scheduled February 6th fight against Antonio DeMarco scheduled to take place at a site in Mexico. It was Valero’s first fight in his homeland in nearly four years. “This is a gift for all of Venezuela,” he said after the fight. More photos…
Report by Anthony Springer Jr.
WEC 46: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff contained no title fights, and none of the superstars the WEC has been known for.
Yet, after “Cowboy” and “9MM” slugged it out for three hard fought rounds, WEC general manager Reed Harris couldn’t have been happier . . . Click here for more
“It felt great to get back in there,” said WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik after his fifth round stoppage of very game WBC #3 Miguel Espino on Saturday night. “There was a little rust in there, but I tip my hat to the kid. He came to fight.” The champion said his injured left hand came through the bout in good shape. “It’s a little tender right now but no problems in the fight tonight. We threw hooks, we threw jabs, we threw body shots and it held up.”
Pavlik was originally slated to fight Paul Williams, first on October 3rd, then on December 5th, however when a lingering staph infection on Pavlik’s left hand would have postponed the fight a second time, the Williams Camp would agree to no more delays and chose to fight Sergio Martinez instead. Pavlik now wants to take care of unfinished business with Williams. “That’s the top name in the division and I want him,” stated ‘The Ghost.’ (more…)
Unbeaten light flyweight Johnriel Casimiro (13-0, 8 KOs) won the vacant WBO interim light flyweight belt on Saturday night with an eleventh round KO over former WBA interim beltholder César Canchila (28-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at Denis Martínez Stadium in Managua, Nicaragua. Casimiro dropped Canchila twice in the eleventh round and referee Jose H. Rivera stopped the fight after the second knockdown. Time was 1:40. The bout headlined a fight card dedicated to the memory of ring legend Alexis Arguello.
By Alexey Sukachev and K2 East
WBA I/C light middleweight titlist Zaurbek Baysangurov (23-1, 17 KOs) retained his title by the fifth round TKO over Frank (Faruk) Shabani (18-2-0, 6 КОs) on Saturday night at the Yunost Sport Palace in Zaporizhya, Ukraine. Baysangurov against Shabani headlined a huge boxing fight card, billed the “Champions league” and held by the K2 East Promotions company of the Klitschko brothers in this Ukrainian city in the southeast of Ukraine. Shabani suffered a left hand injury, forcing referee Jose Ignacio Martinez to wave the contest off and to declare Kiev-based Russian the winner during the break before round six. (more…)
By Alexey Uralets (ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
Natascha Ragosina (22-0, 13 KOs), Russian best and only world boxing champion, pulled off a Roy Jones-like performance and followed his path by jumping over the 175lb weight division to capture some championship regalia as a full-fledged heavyweight. The historical effort was witnessed yesterday by visitors of DIVS palace of sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia, as a part of the event, presented by Ulf Steinforth’s SES Boxing in association with German Titov and Kirill Pchelnikov. In fact, Ragosina weighed-in at subtle 172 lbs, which, however, hasn’t prevented her to fight for the vacant WIBF heavyweight belt. Her opponent Guyanese Pamela London (6-4-1, 1 KO), though several inches shorter than 6’0’’ blonde Ragosina, was at career heaviest 236 lbs. The weight difference resulted in the same correlation between their mobility and agility inside the squared circle, which was well shown throughout the whole contest. (more…)
Good physical condition and great boxing skills allowed José M. Cotto to get a comfortable TKO victory over Colombian Ilido Julio, who abandoned the fight in round six on Saturday night in Caguas, Puerto Rico. “I felt great. Ilido is a very strong boxer, but I was determined to win and I did it,”, said JM Cotto(31-1-1, 23 KOs), who also assured that he’s expecting to go after a junior welterweight championship next year. (more…)
Defending his WBO world light heavyweight championship for the first time in his hometown of Schwerin, Germany, Jürgen Brähmer went through hell in the tenth round against unknown and untested Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky. The champion, however, managed to get back on track and retain his belt by unanimous decision. The second world title bout of the “Universum Champions Night” card saw a clear cut victory for WBC-interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik against formerly unbeaten Italian Emmanuele della Rosa. Click here to see the video.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#8/WBC#29 Akihiro Kondo (13-1, 6 KOs), 135, barely retained his Japanese national lightweight belt as he allowed top contender Yoshitaka Kato (17-3-1, 5 KOs), 135, take the initiative from the outset, floored him with a solid left hook in the third and managed to earn a close split verdict (96-94, 96-93 and 94-95) over ten heats on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Having surprisingly dethroned world-rated Ryuji Migaki by a 45-second demolition this August, Kondo, making his initial defense, experienced a very tough defense, but his hit-and-run tactics paid off in later rounds to earn points enough to keep his national belt. Promoter: Tokuhon Shinto Promotions.
WBC#3 Daigo Nakahiro (21-2-1, 8 KOs), 115, barely kept his Japanese super-fly belt when he was held to a split draw (96-94 for him, 95-95 and 96-96) by unbeaten and hard-punching Ryo Akaho (13-0-2, 7 KOs), 115, over ten sizzling rounds on Friday in Hiroshima, Japan. Almost at the same time with Hozumi Hasegawa’s tenth successful defense with Alvaro Perez in Kobe, this national title bout took place some 200 kilometers west and people watched the local favorite Nakahiro’s tough defense. Nakahiro made a good start and was in command in the first half, utilizing his versatile combinations to the nervous challenger. Akaho, however, turned loose from the sixth and connected well with strong body shots to weaken the champ. Akaho, five years his junior at 23, should have started his engine a little earlier. Promoter: Hiroshima Sanei Promotions.
A fight between IBF featherweight champion Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz (39-11-2, 23 KOs) and #15 ranked Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (38-7-1, 25 KOs) ended in a third round technical draw on Saturday night at the Palenque in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. An unintentional headbutt left Cruz unable to continue before the bout had gone the four rounds required to go to the cards.
Cageside by Anthony Springer Jr.
In the night’s main event, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone defeated Ed “9MM” Ratcliffe in the third round via rear naked choke. Cerrone lost two points in the first two rounds due to illegal low blows that appeared to slow Ratcliff considerably. Cerrone—known for being a notoriously slow starter—kept the pressure on from the opening bell, pressing the action.
The second and third rounds saw the former 155-pound number one contender open up his striking with punches and leg kicks that repeatedly found their mark. When the fight hit the mat, it was all “Cowboy” all the time, as he easily took the back of Ratcliff and sunk in the rear naked choke, much to the crowd’s delight. The official time of the bout was 3:47. (more…)
WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs) retained his title by sixth round TKO against Héctor Velázquez (51-14-2, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Caracas, Venezuela. Velázquez did not come out for the seventh round. Valero suffered a cut on the bridge of the nose, but that isn’t expected to cause any problems with his scheduled February 6th fight against Antonio DeMarco in Mexico.
Brady Crytzer and Antonio Castro at ringside
WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) scored a brutal fifth round TKO over WBC #3 Miguel Espino (20-3-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Both fighters went right at each other immediately and traded punches non-stop. Espino was deducted a point for a punch after the bell in round one. The war continued through rounds two and three. Pavlik dropped Espino twice in round four and after he sent him to the deck in the fifth, Espino’s corner asked referee Steve Smoger to stop the fight. Time was 1:44.
In a wildly entertaining bout Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (33-3, 26 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over 363lb Gabe “Big G” Brown (18-13-4, 12 KOs) at 2:58. Although Peter dominated the action, Brown’s antics won the night as he taunted the former world champion repeatedly. After eating a hard punch, Brown proceeded to stick out his chin and absorb four clean shots only to call for more. After being knocked down in the fourth round, Brown unloaded the classic bolo punch on Peter bringing the crowd to a frenzy. Peter pounced on Brown shortly after and referee Randy Jarvis waved off the contest. Upon leaving the ring Peter returned to the locker room and “Big G” was mobbed at ringside for fan pictures. For more details and photos click here…
WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno (19-0, 11 KOs) scored an eleventh round KO over Alejandro Valdez (22-4-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Itson in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Valdez suffered a cut over his right eye from an unintentional headbutt in round one. Cermeno was credited with two knockdowns of Valdez (both of the flash variety) in round two, and gave him a boxing lesson for most the fight. Cermeno was deducted a point in round eleven for kneeing Valdez, but Cermeno came back to knock out Valdez in the same stanza. Time was 2:40.
WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto (50-7-2, 32 KOs) moved up to lightweight and won a ten round unanimous decision over former titleholder Jesus Chavez (44-7, 30 KOs). Soto dropped Chavez in round one, but Chavez was super aggressive and gave Soto problems. Chavez was deducted a point in round five for throwing Soto through the ropes, and put Soto on the deck for several minutes with a low blow in the sixth. Soto, however, overcame the adversity to win handily 100-87 on all cards. For more details and photos click here…
Female super middleweight champion Natascha Ragosina (22-0, 12 KOs) won the WIBF women’s heavyweight crown with an eighth round KO over Pamela London (6-4-1, 1 KO) on Saturday at the DIVS Palace for Sports Games in Ekaterinburg, Russia. In other action, middleweight Lukas Konecny (41-3, 20 KOs) outpointed Sergey Khomitski (21-7-1, 8 KOs) over eight rounds. Welterweight Ilian Ares (17-2-1, 8 KOs) also won an eight-rounder against journeyman Sergey Starkov (16-54-2, 2 KOs).
WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (35-2, 28 KOs) won a bloody and hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Dmitry Sukhotsky (14-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sport And Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany. Hometown favorite Brähmer, making his first defense, rocked Sukhotsky with a big straight left in round two and generally got the better of the exchanges for the first seven rounds. WBO #10 Sukhotsky, connected with the good shots in round eight, possibly the first round he won. The fight was on in the ninth as both fighters landed strong punches with the challenger doing more. Sukhotsky had his chance in round ten as he really worked over Brähmer and almost stopped the champion. Brähmer got a reprieve when referee Michael Ortega halted the action for the ring doctor to look at a deep cut over Brähmer’s eye. Brähmer was able to recover during the pause and Sukhotsky never regained the advantage. Rounds eleven and twelve were good rounds for Brähmer, despite bleeding heavily. Scores were 116-112, 118-110, 116-112.
WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (28-0, 10 KOs) retained his belt with a twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten Emanuele Della Rosa (22-1, 7 KOs). Both fighters were cut by an unintentional headbutt in round two, with Della Rosa getting a bad cut over the right eye that bled for the rest of the way. After eight rounds it was known that slick boxing Zbik was ahead on two cards and Della Rosa was ahead on the other card. The bout finished with the same pattern, so the split nod was no surprise. Scores were 116-112, 120-109 Zbik, 115-113 Della Rosa. For more details and photos click here…
By Rocco Morales
Before a near capacity crowd, Battle in the Ballroom made its final appearance of the year at the Irvine Marriott. In the 6 round light heavyweight main event, Anatoliy Dudchenko, toyed with his over-matched opponent, late substitute Ernesto Zamora, for 5 rounds, beating him up in the process and opening a bad cut over Zamora’s eye. Dudchenko proved to be too fast for Zamora and rather than mixing it up, Dudchenko was happy to land a couple punches at a time and then move out of harm’s way, to the disdain of the crowd in attendance. Zamora, despite being significantly lighter than in his last fight, a heavyweight contest earlier in the year, appeared winded by the third round, making the superior conditioned Dudchenko’s job even easier. For more details and photos click here…
On Tuesday, Top Rank will announce “Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3” taking place February 13 at the Las Vegas Hilton. The four-bout pay-per-view broadcast will feature WBA interim super flyweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (22-1, 14 KOs) defending his title against top-rated contender Gerson Guerrero (34-8, 26 KOs), WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (39-2-2, 29 KOs) facing Top-10 contender Ciso “Kid Terrible” Morales (14-0, 8 KOs), former WBA flyweight champion and current No. 1 bantamweight contender Eric “Little Hands of Steel” Morel (41-2, 21 KOs) taking on two-time world champion Gerry Peñalosa (54-7-2, 34 KOs) in a 12-round WBO bantamweight title elimination bout, and a 10-round featherweight rumble between world title challengers Mario Santiago (21-1-1, 14 KOs) and Bernabe Concepcion (29-2-1, 17 KOs).
Update: The card scheduled for Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD has been postponed until tomorrow at 8 PM, with the doors opening at 6 PM.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for Saturday’s card (weather permitting) at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:
Seth Mitchell 244 vs. Zach Page 202.5
Dwayne McRae 252.5 vs. Burnell Stewart 220.5
Maurice Byarm 252.5 vs. Mike Miller 268
The Washington, DC area will be under a winter storm warning beginning at midnight ET on Friday and lasting until 6 AM ET Sunday. Local meterologists are saying the area could get anywhere from 14 to 20 inches of snow. As of this writing, the card is still on for Saturday, as all the boxers who will be on the card are in town. Two bouts were dropped from the card because of travel issues. There is a contingency plan to have the card on Sunday if necessary.
By Robert Coster, reporting from Haiti
The nine-bout card in Petionville, Haiti was a resounding success as local fans packed the Karibe Convention Center to watch two regional title bouts. For the WBA Fedelatin featherweight title, Nicholas Walters(13-0,10 KOs) of Jamaica won a unanimous but hard fought eleven round decision over rugged Carlos Reyes (13-1,7 KOs). Walters controlled the bull-like rushes of Reyes with crisp counterpunches but did get caught in the eighth round, suffering a flash knockdown. By then, however the Jamaican had built up a solid lead. Reyes desperately tried to turn the tide in the last three rounds but it was too little too late. The victory will now propel Walters in the top 15 of the WBA.
The second title match saw French-Haitian middleweight Jimmy”Pitbull” Colas( 28-6, 12 KOs) delight the local fans with a two round blowout of Dominican Junior Ramos (10-5, 6 KOs). Colas just let Ramos punch himself out in the first round, using an intriguing rope-a-dope tactic then come out in the second round and knock out his spent foe. (more…)
Brian Halquist Productions and the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, will start their 14th year of pro boxing on January 9. The main event will feature jr welterweight David “El’ Torrito” Torres (21-1, 13 KOs) vs. Raymundo Beltran (22-4, 14 KOs) in a ten-rounder. Also on the card will be George “Monk” Foreman III (4-0, 4 KOs), son of former three time heavyweight champion George Foreman. Also in action will be local fan favorite Walter “2 Guns” Wright (13-3, 7 KOs), best known for appearing on “The Contender” reality television show, 2008 Olympic alternate David “Thunder” Clark (who is trained by Freddie Roach), 3 time Tacoma Golden Gloves champion Mike Gavronski in his pro debut. (more…)
As far as high-flying kicks and slang lingo goes, no fighter in the WEC tops Ed Ratcliff.
When you’re talking to the super-chilled out Chicago native, phrases like “off the hook,” “you know what I’m saying” and “I’m with it” consistently get sprinkled throughout the conversation.. . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian light welterweight star Brunet Zamora (19-0, 8 KOs) won a unanimous decision over French warrior Christophe De Busillet (23-8-2, 11 KOs) Friday night at The Pala Bianchini in Latina, Italy. With the win the Cuban born Zamora defended his WBA Intecontinental Title at 140lbs for the third time. It was not a great fight, much too tactical with both fighters being careful and many of the rounds following a similar pattern. Zamora used his jab beautifully throughout the fight and was aggressor in the last four rounds which proved to be enough for the three judges to award the Italian fighter. The three judges, Jean-Francois Toupin, Pierluigi Poppi and Gudjon Vilhelm scored the bout 116-114, 115-113 and an incredible 119-110 for the ‘Italian Salsero.’ (Fightnews had it 116-113 for Zamora.) (more…)
Former bantamweight contender Z Gorres, who underwent brain surgery after a boxing match on November 13, remains in serious condition at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Reportedly the left side of Gorres body is paralyzed, he can’t speak and requires a machine to breathe. He communicates by handwriting with his right hand.
Top Rank has plans for a new Saturday night boxing TV series to run on Fox Sports en Espanol and Fox Sports Net. According to ESPN, there will be 36 dates beginning January 16. More details to come.
By Graham Houston
This hasn’t exactly been a year from hell for Kelly Pavlik, but I’m sure the middleweight champion will not remember 2009 with a great deal of warmth. Pavlik entered the year after having suffered his first defeat, and a demoralising one at that, when Bernard Hopkins gave him a boxing lesson. The year didn’t start off too badly as Pavlik pounded Marco Antonio Rubio into defeat on a nine-rounds corner retirement in February. Nothing went right after that. A stubborn staph infection of the left hand led to inactivity and an HBO fight against Paul Williams was postponed, then cancelled. There were also rumours of Pavlik not exactly leading a Spartan lifestyle in his hometown of Youngstown, OH, which the fighter attributes to exaggeration and innuendo, what he calls the pressure of being a big fish in a relatively small pond. On top of all this, there was the suggestion that he used his hand problems to duck Williams. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Jürgen Brähmer will be seeking to close out a highly successful 2009 in style when he defends his WBO interim light-heavyweight title against little-known Dmitriy Sukhotsky, of Russia, in Brähmer’s hometown of Schwerin in northern Germany on Saturday. This has been a terrific year for Brähmer, the one-time bad boy of German boxing whose brushes with the law have been well-chronicled. Beaten on points by Hugo Hernan Garay in a game title bid in November 2008, Brähmer has stopped all three of his opponents this year, and he was punching particularly hard in his last couple of fights as he halted Italy’s Antonio Brancalion in 93 seconds and then hammered the strong, game Polish boxer Aleksy Kuziemski in the 11th, scoring four knockdowns, two of them in the first three rounds. (more…)
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