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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is headed to Portland for the first time ever and it’s bringing a couple of true heavyweight heroes. Mixed martial arts legends and former UFC champions Randy “The Natural” Couture and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira will face off for the first time in their storied careers at UFC 102: COUTURE vs. NOGUEIRA, live from Portland, Oregon’s Rose Garden on Saturday, August 29, 2009. (more…)
Undefeated middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero headlines in his first pay-per-view main event Friday night, headlining the “Boxing’s Future Champions” pay-per-view card in front of his passionate hometown fans at Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland. “Boxing’s Future Champions,” presented by Prize Fight Boxing, will air on PPV at www.PrizeFightTV.com, starting at 8 PM/ET, for only $4.95. “We’re excited to launch this series and bring world-class boxing to diehard fans all over,” promoter Brian Young said. “For a nominal fee fans can watch a first-class production featuring tomorrow’s champions today. We have six unbeaten fighters, including two former International amateur champions, and two pairs of brothers on this card.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
A renowned Filipino boxing figure told Fightnews on Monday that Manny Pacquiao deserves the lion’s share of the money in the event a proposed fight with Miguel Cotto is penciled for Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Rudy Salud, who crafted the by-laws of the World Boxing Council (WBC), also stressed that the Filipino pound-for-pound king will easily dispatch the rugged Puerto Rican “provided that they fight at a catch weight of 143 or 144 lbs.” (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
Photos: Pavel Terekhov
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WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev held a press conference today in advance of their fight on June 20th at the Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Wladimir Klitschko: “It’s sad that David cannot compete. However, I’m looking into the future and forward to fighting against Ruslan. He is WBA Champion, very experienced and a tough challenger. For my preparation, I had to change my sparring partners from orthodox to southpaw.“
Ruslan Chagaev: “Last week my fight against Valuev was cancelled. Now I am fighting against Wladimir Klitschko in front of 60.000 spectators. I am looking forward to the arena in Schalke, the crowd as well as Klitschko’s three belts which I will take home with me. I have no fear of Wladimir. I’m also a world champion, not only him. I’ve always said I would box against anyone. The size difference doesn’t bother me. That’s Wladimir’s problem because I have already defeated a big boxer in Valuev. (more…)
OPI 2000 headed by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi were in New York City yesterday to sign undefeated welterweight prospect Phil Lo Greco (17-0, 9 KOs). Lo Greco’s first fight under the OPI 2000 banner will be announced soon.
WBA super lightweight Andreas Kotelnik’s world title defense against Amir Khan’s will now take place at the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena on July 18.The bout was originally scheduled to take place in London on June 27, but because Kotelnik suffered a minor injury and tooth infection the bout had to be postponed. The postponement means the London’s O2 Arena cannot stage the big fight. Michael Jackson has the O2 Arena that night and is performing. However, the M.E.N Arena, host to so many big UK fights nights in the past, have come to Khan’s rescue and have rearranged things to host Khan’s first world title challenge at the scene of his fifth round victory over Mexican legend, Marco Antonio Barrera in March. Fans who have purchased tickets for the fight at the O2 Arena are asked to return them to their point of purchase only in order to exchange them for identical tickets for the new date at the MEN Arena or receive a full refund.
By Bob Logist/EBU President
This year, and for the very first time since 1948, the EBU General Assembly was held in Italy, in the pearl of Sardinia the beautiful city of Alghero. More than 80 delegates, promoters and managers from 38 different European countries were attending the meeting. As usual it was a great and a profitable get together. This year the local federation was not in charge of the organization, it was a personal idea of Salvatore Cherchi and we all could appreciate his sense of hospitality. For the year 2008 the awards for the best EBU championships promoters went to Sauerland Events and to Frank Maloney Promotions. The award for the best EU championships promoter to OPI 2000 Salvatore Cherchi , the award for the best EE-EU championships promoter to Yuri Ruban from Union Boxing Ukraine. The award for the fight of the year was for the fight between Rafal Jackievicz and Jan Zaveck. Rendall Monroe received the award for the best boxer 2008.
By Johnny B’
A show in Tinley Park Illinois found Promoter Octavius James’ One in a Million Promotions having to deal with the main event of middleweights Michael Walker vs. Orphius Waite having to be scratched. Walker was severely dehydrated on the day of the weigh-in and was required to go to the hospital so that his fluids could be replenished. In the action that did take place, welterweight Edward Ochoa moved to 9-0 as he decisioned Jessie Davis over six rounds. Judges’ scores were Patrick Morley 59-54, John McCarthy 58-55 and Emily Cain 58-56. Referee Gerry Scott handled the bout.
Other results were, junior welterweight Angel Hernandez winning a majority decision over Guadalupe Diaz in a six round bout….referee Scott stopped a bout in favor of lightweight Jose Guzman giving him a TKO 4 win over Bobby Jaskierny….Chicago Heights junior middleweight Meegal Harper KO’d fellow middleweight Scott Wilson as referee Scott halted the bout at 2:14 of the first round. Referee John O’brien halted the bout where Josh Crouch KO’d Joshua Rodriguez in the third of a scheduled four round middleweight contest.
By Boxing Bob Newman
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In terms of weather, one couldn’t ask for a more glorious day on which to witness the enshrinement of boxing immortals at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. 2009 marks 20 years since the first induction back in 1989, and how special it was to see three deserving modern greats, Lennox Lewis, Orlando Canizales and Brian Mitchell earn their place among the lords of the ring. Not to be overlooked, among the nonparticipants being inducted this year were HBO broadcaster Larry Merchant, journalist Hugh McIlvenney, promoter Akihiko Honda and matchmaker/publicist Bobby Goodman. (more…)
By Mark Vaz at ringside
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports returned to Memorial Hall in downtown Plymouth , Massachusetts with a highly entertaining Pro/Am show this past Friday titled “Brawl at the Hall!” The main event featured CES prospect Chris Traietti from nearby Quincy , MA returning to the ring after a sixteen month layoff. Testing the waters in MMA during his hiatus, the multi-time New England amateur champ and high school wrestler took a 7-1 record into the six-round light heavyweight main event versus the tough Shawn Kirk (4-3, 2 KOs) from Lexington, KY. (More)
By Joe Koizumi
Former WBA flyweight champ Takefumi Sakata (34-5-2, 15 KOs), 114.75, returned to action after his forfeiture of the WBA 112-pound belt via second round annihilation by Thailander Denkaosen Kaowichit on the last day of the previous year, and pounded out a unanimous decision (97-94, 99-92 and 99-91) over Korean titlist Jinman Jun, 115, over ten on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Sakata made a slow start as usual, but finished warming up his engine in the fourth and swept all rounds thereafter by battering the durable Korean upstairs and downstairs. Sakata says, “I’ll try to win back the world belt either in the 112-pound or 115-pound category.” Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.
“We’re very proud to be working with Peter as he works his way up the middleweight rankings towards a championship bout. He’s been a world class fighter for a long time and we’re very happy to add him to our growing stable of outstanding talent” said Koerner . . . Click here for more
Story by Brady Crytzer
On Saturday, June 20th the Ultimate Fighting Championship offers up some much needed closure in the ongoing battle between the USA and UK at live finale of The Ultimate Fighter 9 live of SpikeTV. Against the backdrop of the Trans-Atlantic slugfest lays a cast of some of the UFC most promising talent, veterans and newcomers alike. Amongst the undercard bouts is the highly anticipated welterweight clash between the all-action slugger Chris Lytle and Iowa native Kevin Burns. Though he is coming off of his first UFC loss, Burns is confident that his Octagon future is still a bright one. . . . Click here for more
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Fightnews.com caught up with WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm last week after a hard training session in Cologne, Germany. The champ is currently preparing for his July 11 title defense against European champion and stablemate Khoren Gevor. The 30-year-old Sturm spoke about his preparation, boxing critics, why his upcoming fight can’t be compared to Gevor’s knockout loss against Sturm rival Arthur Abraham, and the possibility of big fights against universally recognized middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik or Australian boxing-star Anthony Mundine. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
For a guy who can’t seem to pin down a high profile opponent, cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek’s name has been thrown around a lot lately. It seems like every significant opponent from Bernard Hopkins to Glen Johnson to Wladimir Klitschko has been mentioned as a potential foe. Why, then, is the always exciting Adamek fighting journeyman Bobby Gunn on Comcast on July 11? “Showtime and HBO, they didn’t want to take the fights,” Adamek (37-1, 25 KO’s) explained to Fightnews last weekend. So this one we’re doing on Comcast. We want to keep busy because a fighter needs to keep practicing to be good. We couldn’t put it together because the TV networks didn’t want it. The TV had to make up their mind…I’m ready to fight anybody.” (More)
By Alex Dombroff
Minutes after overcoming a vicious cut and an equally vicious Joshua Clottey, welterweight champion Miguel Cotto was asked what lies ahead for him. His response – one word – was as confident as any punch he threw all night. “Vacation!” And who could blame him? (more…)
By Matt Richardson and Andreas Hale
He still has it. Any questions regarding what Miguel Cotto had left after the beating he absorbed from Antonio Margarito last summer were put to rest last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City when the WBO title-holder proved he still had a lot of fight in him, beating Joshua Clottey by split decision in front of a deafening crowd of 17,734. Judge Don Trella submitted a score of 116-111 for Cotto. Judge John McKaie also thought Cotto won, handing in a score of 115-112. Judge Tom Miller, meanwhile, had Clottey ahead by a point, 114-113. In a close fight that could have gone either way, Fightnews came up with a score of 114-113 for Cotto. It was an excellent fight with swings in momentum, an early knockdown and lots and lots of blood. In the end, however, it was Clottey who slowed down just enough for Cotto to edge by in what is bound to be one of the better fights of this year. (More)
The highly anticipated July 18 fight between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez has been postponed due to a rib injury sustained by Mayweather while training. The mega-fight was scheduled to take place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View. “I am extremely disappointed that this fight has to be postponed. I was training very hard and looking forward to getting back in the ring on July 18th,” said Mayweather. Marquez, commenting from his training camp in Mexico, stated “I was very disappointed to hear the news about the fight being postponed. I will remain focused, in shape and ready to fight whenever the fight is rescheduled for.” Information about a new fight date will be made available as soon as possible.
In the main event of UFC 99: The Comeback, former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin defeated former PrideFC middleweight champion Wanderlai “The Axe Murderer” Silva via unanimous decision after a three round firefight.
In its first appearance in Continental Europe, the Ultimate Fighting Championship presented a catchweight special attraction featuring two of the sport’s most revered former champions . . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
The rematch between former Australian heavyweight champion Bob Mirovic (29-20-2, 20 KOs) and John Hopoate (11-3, 11 KOs) will be contested at the AIS stadium in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia on July 23. Leading Australian promoter Fidel Tukel of the BHS gymnasium got the signatures on the contract Sunday and this clash will be televised on the Channel Ten free to air television network. “I am looking forward to this rematch – I will be 100% fighting fit on July 23 when I jump through the ropes,” said Mirovic. “I had a few problems when we boxed last time but there will be no excuses this time.” (Hopoate was declared the winner in round nine in September 2008 when Mirovic’s trainer former three time world champion Jeff Fenech signaled to the referee Bob was in no condition to continue.) Hopoate is coming off a recent second round knockout loss to former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall in Las Vegas in May. Mirovic has boxed several world class heavyweights including WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev, Shane Cameron, Kali Meehan, Danny Williams, Timo Hoffman, Matt Skelton, Rob Calloway and Sinan Samil Sam. “I lost on points – in good fights to Valuev, Hoffman, and Calloway. I will have to much experience at the top level for Hoppa.” ” I will be the winner on July 23,” he concluded.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-OPBF welter champ Taisei Marumoto (24-9-1, 12 KOs), 154, chalked up a fine TKO victory over Thailander Denyan Sithsaithong (8-5, 3 KOs), 153, at 2:41 of the eighth round on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Marumoto once captured the OPBF 147-pound belt by an upset stoppage of Hiroshi Yamaguchi in 2006, but yielded it to former ruler Rev Santillan via sixth round TKO the next year. The ex-champ, 33, is campaigning in the super welter category.
In a supporting ten, formerly two-time world challenger Hidenobu Honda (31-6, 14 KOs), 116.75, was awarded a unanimous technical decision (88-85 twice and 87-86) over Thai national super-fly champ Norasingh Kiatprasanchai (17-12-1, 14 KOs), 117, at 2:27 of the ninth round. The southpaw veteran, 33, is scheduled to have an ambitious shot at world-rated Japanese champ Daigo Nakahiro in Hiroshima on August 29. A head-collision opened a nasty laceration on the forehead of Honda, who was declared unfit to go on at the second medical exam in the fatal ninth. Promoter: Green Tsuda Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#13 Kengo Nagashima (37-3-2, 17 KOs), 135, barely kept his OPBF lightweight belt as he looked sluggish from the outset, came off the canvas in the ninth and managed to eke out a split decision (114-113, 115-112 and 115-116) over OPBF top ranked Korean champ Heejae Jo (14-3, 8 KOs), 134.75, over twelve close rounds on Saturday in Koga, Japan. The 33-year-old Japanese southpaw looked like another person than who outboxed and outlegged hard-punching Filipino Randy Suico to acquire the vacant OPBF throne this March. After the eighth, the open scoring system showed a split interim verdict: 78-74 for the champ, 78-77 for the challenger and 76-76. Then, in the next ninth, Nagashima absorbed a good one-two of Jo, twelve years his junior at 21, and downed on the seat of pants to make his local adherents gloomy, sensing the champ would lose his belt. Nagashima, however, displayed his heart and good combinations to dominate the last three to barely keep his regional throne. Promoter: 18 Koga Promotions.
By Lee Bates reporting from South America
Four time world title challenger Luis Alberto Lazarte of Argentina (43-9-1, 18 KOs) made short work of Pedro Cardenas (11-6, 6 KOs) of Chile stopping him in round two. The bout took place at the Club Once Unidos, Mar del Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was promoted by Mario Margossian. From the opening bell, Lazarte punished Cardenas with a barrage of body punches resulting in a knockown in round one. Cardenas got up at the count of eight and survived the round. In round two Lazarte picked up where he left off, trapping Cardenas against the ropes mixing body and head shots. At that moment the referee stepped in an gave Cardenas a standing eight count. Moments later Lazarte sent Cardenas to the canvas again with more crunching body punches and this time the referee waved the bout off without a count. Lazarte at the age of 38 retained his South American light flyweight title and is seeking a 5th opportunity at a world title. Among the most notable of Lazarte’s unsuccessful title challenges was against WBC champion Edgar Sosa in 2007.
The attractive Zanfer boxing show featuring three time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (51-5-1, 39 KOs) against Fernando Lunmacad (19-1, 7 KOs) that was scheduled for June 20 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, will now take place in the border town of Tijuana, Baja California. The event now billed as “Desafio en Tijuana” will take place in the Auditorio Munucipal de Tijuana and will be televised by TV Azteca and Azteca America. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC interim minimumweight champion Juan Palacios (26-2, 21 KOs) retained his belt with a tenth round TKO over local favorite Eric Ramirez (25-7-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City. Palacios dominated the fight and referee Hector Afu finally waved off the beating in the tenth. Palacios and WBC champion Oledydong Sithsamerchai may now possibly meet in a showdown for the absolute WBC 105lb title this October in China.
Ana María Torres won a ten round unanimous decision over Ussanakorn Kokietgym in a clash for the WBC female super flyweight crown. Scores were 95-94, 98-92 and 96-94.
Former world champion Hugo Fidel Cazares (30-6-1, 22 KOs) needed just 66 seconds to demolish journeyman Margarito Lopez (10-23-1) in a super bantam clash.
Super bantamweight Melinda Cooper outpointed Miriam Avila over four by scores of 40-36, 40-36, 39-37.
By Alex Dombroff
Miguel Cotto: “I’m little tired and I have a huge cut on my left eye. I didn’t see the right hand coming. The last five rounds I handled it pretty well. I knew if I moved like I did the last four or five rounds, I was going to win the fight.” (Regarding his future plans) “Vacation…the people have to wait until I rest a little bit.”
Joshua Clottey: “I think I won the fight but I didn’t get the decision. The thing that would make me happy is a rematch. I’m very upset, but I have to move on. What would make me happy is for Mr. Bob Arum to give me a rematch.”
Bob Arum: “We’re going to have to talk to the Cotto people. He has a lot of options. I would like for him to fight Manny Pacquiao. That would be a tremendous fight and I hope we can get it done for November. This was a great fight, and under ordinary circumstances Clottey deserves a rematch. But we have economics. It’s just not going to happen next.” (Regarding where Floyd Mayweather fits in the mix) “Floyd has a fight coming up with Marquez. Then he’ll probably want to fight Calderon. Floyd just doesn’t fight big guys. Let’s be honest, he doesn’t fight big guys.”
A day of controversy from the Robin Park Centre in Wigan England Saturday as John Murray won the fight but had lost his British lightweight belt Former British lightweight champion John Murray as he weighed in .08 kilogram (approximately 2 ounces) heavy at the previous day’s weigh-in of the Hennessy Sports promoted card. Despite the setback on the scales, Murray (27-0 15 KO) was relentless in his pursuit of opponent Scott Lawton, dropping him at the end of the first round and finally stopping him at 1:50 of the sixth round. Although a dominating performance where he was able to pin Lawton on the ropes for much of the night, the victory rang a bit hollow for Murray. “I was gutted,” said the undefeated fighter of what was to be the second defense of his British Championship. “It was unprofessional of me to come in heavy,” the fighter told ITV announcers after the fight expressing his desire to continue fighting at lightweight. “You learn from your mistakes, I just took my eye off the ball for a second, it was just a lapse.” (more…)
By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (25-4, 24 KO’s) stopped Larry “Super King” White (3-7, 3 KO’s) in round two earlier tonight in Mounds View, MN. Abell cleverly landed big left hands to the head in round one while bobbing and weaving away from White’s counter punching attempts. White did a lot of talking and mocking of Abell in round one, inviting the big southpaw to engage him. Abell smiled as he rocked White on several occasions. A big right uppercut from Abell rocked White agsin early in round two. White switched his passive strategy after taking the shot and came forward with heavy punches. A slugfest momentarily broke out as both men looked to land a knockout punch. Abell put an end to White’s KO hopes with a crushing right hand to the head that sent him slumping to the canvas where referee Mark Nelson waived the fight off midway through the round. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a disappointing fight Malawi’s Isaac Chilembe won the vacant WBO Africa light-heavyweight title when he beat David Kitooke of Uganda on points over 12 rounds at the Graceland Casino in Secunda on Saturday night. Judges Ismail Khoali and Sazi Xamlashe scored it 118-110 and 116-111 whilst judge Thabo Spampool had 120-110. (more…)
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of UFC 99: The Comeback, former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin defeated former PrideFC middleweight champion Wanderlai “The Axe Murderer” Silva via unanimous decision after a three round firefight. Franklin and Silva exchanged punches throughout round one. Though the southpaw Franklin controlled the rounds with superior boxing, Silva rocked the Cincinnatti native many times throughout the fight with wild haymakers. The bout ended with the fighters tied up against the cage and exchanging blows. No judge’s scores were announced, but all three favored Franklin.
By Matt Richardson and Andreas Hale at ringside
WBO welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto (33-1, 27 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Joshua Clottey (35-2, 21 KOs) to keep his world title on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cotto dropped Clottey with a jab at the end of the first round, but suffered a bad cut over the left eye from an accidental head butt in round three. Cotto’s face was a bloody mask in the fourth, but he still outworked Clottey in the fourth round. Clottey landed some good rights in the fifth, but suffered an injury to his left knee when pushed off by Cotto. Cotto had a big round six punishing Clottey in the corner. Clottey turned the tables in rounds seven and eight as Cotto had difficulty seeing the right hand. The rest of the fight was close as Cotto boxed from the outside. Scores were 115-112, 116-111 for Cotto, 114-113 for Clottey.
WBO mini flyweight champion Ivan Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) and challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) fought to a six round technical draw. The fight was stopped due to a cut from an accidental headbutt in the sixth round. Judges scored the fight 58-56 Calderon, 58-56 Mayol, 57-57. Earlier, an accidental clash of heads in round four opened up a cut on Calderon’s forehead. Two more headbutts in the fifth worsened the cut. In the sixth round the cut reopened from either a punch or another butt (unclear) and doctors advised to stop the fight at 1:50 in the sixth round. Under WBO rules the fight goes to the scorecards (including the sixth round). (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins (Sacramento Bee)
In a battle between undefeated middleweight prospects , Sacramento’s Brandon Gonzales will have hometown backing when he faces James Parison of San Diego in the main event of a July 24 boxing card at the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento, California. Gonzales (8-0) posted his seventh knockout victory last month, a first-round stoppage.. Parison (11-0, 3 KOs) hasn’t fought since a decision win last June. Both are former high-ranking amateur fighters who are stepping up to 10-round status for the first time. Their fight could be scheduled for 12 rounds if promoters Nasser Niavaroni and Jeff Berger gain sanction for a vacant U.S. title fight.
By Edgar Gonzalez at ringside
It’s been over 62 years since the people from Glendale CA last had a taste of the fistic arts but thanks to Bash Boxing and Art of Boxing Promotions they were able to enjoy the sweet science once again at the Glendale Civic Auditorium for six bouts of professional boxing dubbed as “Glendale Glory” on Friday night. Heavyweight Andrey Fedosov from Saint Petersburg, Russia (20-1, 16KO’s) was featured in the main event against Galen Brown (32-12- 7KO’s). Fedosov was in command from the opening bell forcing Brown to use his defense but Brown was hopeless and was immediately sent to the canvas with a right body shot. Brown from Missouri beat the count but it was futile as Fedosov unleashed some heavy artillery forcing Jack Reiss to bring the bout to an end at 1:36 of round number two. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Former WBC super lightweight champion Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs) stated today that he will take on WBC # 1 contender Devon Alexander (18-0, 11 KOs) August 1st. Witter didn’t specify a location but stated that the fight would take place in the U.S. and that Don King who is Alexander’s promoter would promote the fight.
By David Robinett
Moments after an unintentional clash of heads in the seventh round in his bout again Efren “Huracan” Hinojosa, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero felt a familiar sensation over his left eye. “You can tell when you’re cut because it feels warm [there],” explained Guerrero. “I felt it right away, and inside I smiled a little.” In a fight aimed at gaining redemption for a controversial no-contest months earlier, where Guerrero advised the referee he could not see after suffering a cut over his right eye against Daud Yordan, the tension was palpable as the hometown crowd waited to see how their fighter would react to a somewhat poetic déjà vu. To their relief, Guerrero remained unfazed. (more…)
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