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McMorrow edges Enriquez for WBO female title

McMorrow edges Enriquez for WBO female title

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Female flyweight "Mighty" Melissa McMorrow (9-5, 1 KO) dethroned previously unbeaten WBO champion Kenia Enriquez (13-1, 6 KOs) by ten ...

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Nava stops Gomez in six

Nava stops Gomez in six

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBC/WBA female super bantamweight champion Jackie "Princesa Azteca" Nava (32-4-3, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Mayra "La ...

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Wake keeps OPBF 115lb belt by icing Paypa in one

Wake keeps OPBF 115lb belt by icing Paypa in one

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat WBC#3/WBA#2/IBF#6/WBO#15 Japanese southpaw Shingo Wake (18-4-2, 11 KOs), 122, quickly kept his OPBF super-bantam belt as he ...

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Weights from Mexico

Weights from Mexico

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Jackie Nava 122 vs. Mayra Gómez 122 Kenia Enríquez 109.5 vs. Melissa McMorrow 112 Luis Nery 117 vs. Jether Oliva 117 José Uzcátegui ...

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Adrien Broner on his new son, settling down and John Molina

Adrien Broner on his new son, settling down and John Molina

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Former Philly bantamweight Baby Kid Chocolate passes

By John DiSanto

North Philadelphia bantamweight of the 1970s, Baby Kid Chocolate passed away Friday, January 30th. He was 57 years old. Chocolate was born Ronnie Walker in 1957, and once told Nigel Collins that he took his ring name because he believed he was a dead ringer for the original “Kid”, the great Cuban Bon Bon, Eligio Sardinias. Whatever physical similarities the two may have shared, their boxing styles were quite different.

Philly’s Kid Chocolate was like a tiny-Joe Frazier or mini-Curtis Parker. He was five-feet, five-inches, and 118 pounds of forward-moving energy. He went 25-3 as an amateur, and then started his professional career with a sparkling 18-0, 8 KOs, winning streak. Along the way, Chocolate beat Billy Wade, Carlos Zayas, James Martinez, Francisco Cruz, Tony Rocha and Socrates Batoto. (more…)



February 2nd, 2015



Boxing News

2015 Illinois BHOF Inductees

IBO founder and Chairman John W. Daddono, trainer Peter George and the late former heavyweight champion Ernie Terrell will be inducted into the boxing category of the Illinois MMA/Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2015.

Daddono, who formed the IBO in 1988 at the age of 25, is the youngest founder of any of boxing’s governing bodies.

George trains several of Illinois top professionals along with his son, world rated Don “Da Bomb” George.

Terrell, who passed away in January, was a former WBA heavyweight champion who lived on Chicago’s far south-side. He promoted multiple Illinois pro boxing cards in the 1970s and 80s. Ernie will always be remembered for his grueling decision loss to Muhammad Ali.

They join past inductees trainer Sam Colonna (2013) and referee Pete Podgorski (2014). The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday April 4 in Homewood, Illinois.



February 2nd, 2015

UFC

Rousey-Zingano new UFC 184 main event after Weidman injury

Due to a rib injury, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 184 main event bout against Vitor Belfort on February 28 . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Lonergan: SBW will not fight Parker

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

New Zealand boxing promoter Dean Lonergan, who helps guide the career of WBA #10,WBO #11 heavyweight Joseph Parker and London Olympian WBA #14, WBO #11 welterweight Jeff Horn talked to Fightnews about a possible Joseph Parker vs. Sonny Bill Williams fight and what is scheduled for Parker and Horn in 2015

“Sonny Bill Williams would never fight Joe as he gets knocked out in one or two rounds. I have been chasing Lucas Browne for two years. It’s fair to say he is elusive,” said Lonergan.

“We are very, very excited by the prospects of both Jeff Horn and Joseph Parker this year. It’s going to be a massive and challenging year for both of them. We intend to push them both hard up the ranking by testing them against the best we can secure. In the second half of the year.”



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Browne: I would bash Sonny Bill Williams

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #4, IBF #5, WBC #7 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) talks with Fightnews and says he would welcome a bout with Sonny Bill Williams, who defeated Chauncy Welliver on Saturday night. Browne also says Bryant Jennings cannot defeat Wladimir Klitschko, and says he has the power to be the first heavyweight to put WBC champion Deontay Wilder on the canvas.

“Always keen to bash Sonny Bill Williams and get a pay day,” said Browne. “I think Jennings will get his ass handed to him against Klitschko – not enough size or power.

“I would love to put Wilder on his ass for the first time and take that title.”



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Luis-Dargan Giant Photo Gallery

Photos: Emily Harney

Canadian lightweight Tony “Lightning” Luis (28-5, 18 KOs) handed Philadelphian Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (17-1, 9 KOs) his first career loss on Friday night at Foxwoods. Click here for report and many previously unpublished exclusive photos…



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Another article on – what else? – Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: more

“Don’t take me lightly,” says Keith Thurman. More

The Source on American heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder. More

Donnie Nietes and Nonito Donaire honored in the Philippines. More



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Evander Holyfield Road Rage

A message to think twice and avoid getting involved in road rage – because you never know what the consequences might be.



February 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Statement from Mikkel Kessler strongly suggests the Danish warrior is retired

By James Slater

Danish superstar and former super-middleweight king Mikkel Kessler has taken to Twitter and Facebook to release statements that suggest the 35-year-old possible future Hall of Famer has fought his last fight. Recently, Kessler – who has not boxed since losing a rematch to British warrior Carl Froch in May of 2013 – talked of his hopes of getting a third fight with Froch and/or a second fight with the soon-to-return Andre Ward. Now, however, with neither fight materialising, Kessler seems content to call it a day on his great career.

“I have thought long and hard over the options, which have been made available, but none of these options are enough to get me motivated,” Kessler wrote on his Facebook page. “I need big events to make me train to get me to the standard that I have been used to presenting my fans with. I said I would like nothing more, than to avenge my loss against Andre Ward and also to have the decider with Carl Froch. These are fights that motivate me but for one reason or another, they do not want to fight me. I am always in training, it is part of my life, but I consider myself in a state of retirement.” (more…)



February 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Welliver ponders boxing future

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Heavyweight Chauncy Welliver spoke to Fightnews.com after his decision loss to Sonny Bill Williams.

[Regarding Sonny Bill Williams] Athletically, he’s on top. I feel his legs are great. I never came close. He was smart. So long as he keeps his team of the Mundines and Khodar, he’ll be moved properly as he’s built to a title shot.

[On Sonny Bill Williams vs. Lucas Browne] It’s hard to say on Lucas Browne verdict, as SBW is still growing. This second Browne smashes him. A year from now, who knows? I love this kid’s potential.

[On his boxing future] I will have a bout sometime in New Zealand then retire. I’m finished. I see shots coming and can’t get outta the way. I love boxing and will only hurt my beautiful sport if I keep the route I am. I will start training fighters at my gym BoxFit in Spokane. I love helping out the next generation.



February 1st, 2015

UFC

Henderson steps up for Broomfield main event

Eager to get back in the Octagon after his controversial decision loss to Donald Cerrone last month, former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will make his UFC welterweight debut on February 14 when he steps in for the injured Stephen Thompson against Brandon Thatch in the UFC Fight Night main event in Broomfield, Colorado . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



February 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Chaichotchuang receives Doctorate

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Leading Thai promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang has received a Doctorate in Sports Management from Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. Chaichotchuang is the manager and promoter of several of the most outstanding boxers in Thailand including the current IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng and IBF #3 super bantamweight Mike Tawatchai, IBF #8 light welterweight Patomsuk Pathompothong and IBF #8 light flyweight Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, who is son of former IBF mini-flyweight champion Fahlan Sakkreerin.

“I would like to thank my teacher at the University who helped me obtain the diploma in Sports Management,” Chaichotchuang said. “It will help me in the great sport of boxing.”

Ruenroeng will defend the IBF flyweight title against Zou Shiming on March 7th in Macao, China



February 1st, 2015

Boxing News

OPBF 122lb champ Wake to defend belt against Filipino Paipa

Photo: Boxing Beat

Photo: Boxing Beat


By Joe Koizumi

Japanese boxing fans jokingly say, “If Hisashi Amagasa could knock down Guillermo Rigondeaux twice, Shingo Wake might be able to drop him three times to capture his belt.” It is because WBC#3/WBA#3 Wake, OPBF champ, is regarded as a better 122-pounder than Amagasa, a legitimate 126-pounder who had the OPBF feather belt prior to his ambitious and unexpected crack at The Jackal on New Year’s Eve. For Rigondeaux, his visits to the deck in the unlucky seventh round were just a nightmare or a careless mistake, but his stock apparently dropped here since the Cuban southpaw revealed his vulnerability.

This isn’t a note on the Rigondeaux-Wake confrontation, but is on an announcement by Wake (17-4, 10 KOs), a tall fast Japanese southpaw, that he will defend his OPBF super-bantam belt against Filipino Jimmy Paipa (16-2-1, 6 KOs), at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, on this coming February 27. (more…)



February 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Jardon, Lopez victorious in Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Promociones del Pueblo

Boxing was back in Mexico City on Saturday night at the famed Arena Coliseo. In the main event, local super lightweight Dante “Crazy” Jardón (25-5, 20 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Patricio “Picudo” Moreno (15-1, 11 KOs). Scores were 99-92, 98-92 and 97-92. The bout was for the WBC Fecarbox belt.

The co-feature was a war between lightweights Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (17-3, 11 KOs) and two-time former world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-5-1, 16 KOs) that ended in a split decision going the way of Lopez. Salgado suffered his fourth straight loss.

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February 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Rodriguez defeats Fajardo in rematch

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Former IBF and WBO minimumweight champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (17-2-1, 11 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Jomar Fajardo (14-6-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Now the WBO’s #1 junior flyweight, “Chihuas” dropped Fajardo in round two and went on two win by scores of 99-90, 97-92 and 100-92.

The two battled to a ten round draw two months ago in Cebu City, Philippines. Rodriguez, who vacated the WBO and IBF crowns to move up in weight, now wants to fight for the WBO jr. flyweight title currently held by Donnie Nietes.

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February 1st, 2015

UFC

UFC 183 Main: Silva Returns With Win Over Diaz

It may not have been the Anderson Silva of old Saturday night in the UFC 183 main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, but after more than a year removed from the sport due to a broken leg, the fans of the Brazilian icon will be satisfied that it wasn’t an old Anderson Silva who scored a near-shutout unanimous decision win over Nick Diaz in an emotional victory for the 39-year-old . . . click here for more

Also see: Woodley Wins But Others Steal Show

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



February 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Colon stays unbeaten in Philadelphia

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Unbeaten junior middleweight Pritchard Colon (13-0, 10 KOs) satisfied the pro Puerto Rican crowd at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia PA by dropping wily veteran Hector Munoz (23-14-1, 15KOs) once, on his way to a one sided six round unanimous decision victory by scores of 60-53 x 2 and 60-51 respectively. In the co-feature of the eight bout card promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s Kings Promotions and XFE, welterweight Grayson Blake 6-3, 2KOs) returned to the winning side of the ledger after three straight losses with a razor thin unanimous decision victory over Anthony Prescott (5-5-2, 2KOs). (more…)



January 31st, 2015

UFC

UFC 183 Prelims: Tate Rallies to Beat McMann

Former world title challenger Miesha Tate was nearly stopped by fellow women’s bantamweight contender Sara McMann in the first round of their UFC 183 prelim bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night, but she roared back over the next two frames to take an impressive three-round majority decision victory . . . click here for more

Also see: Santos and Alcantara Start It Off Right for Brazil

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Cedric Tita stops Tabaghua; wins Belgian title

Cedric Tita impressively stopped durable Belgian licensed Karlo Tabaghua in the 8th round to win the vacant Belgian welterweight title on Saturday night at the Sporthal Sint Pieter in Sint Truiden, Limburg, Belgium. Tita, who is now 3-0 since his comeback last year, dominated the whole fight with accurate combinations. Tabaghua was only counting on his power and in the 5th round he briefly dropped Tita which seemed a genuine knockdown only to be ruled a slip by the referee. In the 8th Tabaghua survived 2 (standing) counts before it was finally stopped. Tabaghua only looked a shadow of the once promising Swedish born boxer.



January 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Glowacki defeats Seferi, earns shot at Huck

By Przemek Garczarczyk

In a WBO cruiserweight eliminator, WBO #1 ranked Krzysztof “Head” Glowacki (24-0, 15 KOs) cruised to a twelve round unanimous decision over #3 rated Nuri “Albanian Tyson” Seferi (36-7, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hala Sportowo-Widowiskowa in Toruń, Poland. The unbeaten hometown hero Glowacki used his height, reach and movement to keep the shorter Seferi at bay. Seferi stalked Glowacki around the ring but was nowhere near busy enough. Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 120-108. Glowacki claimed Seferi’s WBO Europe belt and is now mandatory challenger for WBO champion Marco Huck.



January 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Mitchell pummels Estrada to win WBC silver belt

WBC #7 lightweight Kevin Mitchell (39-2, 29 KOs) outclassed WBC #6 Daniel Estrada (32-4-1, 24 KOs) over eight one-sided rounds to claim the vacant WBC silver belt on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. Mitchell dropped Estrada in round three and dominated the fight until referee Ian John-Lewis waved it off. Time was 1:12.

Super lightweight John Wayne Hibbert (15-2, 9 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Tyler Goodjohn (11-4, 4 KOs) in a bout for the WBC International super lightweight title. Hibbert cut Goodjohn over the left eye with a punch in round two, dropped Goodjohn in round three, and punished Goodjohn until Goodjohn’s corner threw in the towel in round eight. Time was :53.

Middleweight John Ryder (20-1, 12 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over late sub Billi Godoy (31-4, 15 KOs). Ryder and Godoy stunk out the arena for the first nine rounds, then Ryder dropped Godoy on his back with a left hand in round ten. Godoy was up at nine, but referee Phil Edwards waved it off anyway over the protests of Godoy. Time was 1:52.

Unbeaten super lightweight Tommy Martin (10-0, 3 KOs) outworked Ricky Boylan (12-1, 4 KOs) over ten rounds to claim the vacant BBBofC English belt. The score was 97-93, 97-93, 99-92.



January 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Unbeaten Colon in action tonight in Philly

On the eve of the Super Bowl, Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions presents a live boxing show tonight at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. Undefeated jr. middleweight Prichard Colon (12-0, 10 KOs) will take on Hector Munoz (23-13-1, 15 KOs) in the featured eight round main event. The 22-year-old Colon, of Orocovis, Puerto Rico, will be fighting for the 13th time in just under two years.

Jr middleweight Grayson Blake (5-3, 2 KOs) will take on Anthony Prescott (5-4-2, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout that will serve as a local attraction.



January 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Rodriguez and Fajardo collide in rematch tonight

Former IBF and WBO minimumweight champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (16-2-1, 11 KOs) and Jomar Fajardo (14-5-2, 7 KOs) battled to a ten round draw two months ago in Cebu City, Philippines. Tonight at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, the WBO #1 rated 108-pounder “Chihuas” wants to settle the score. Rodriguez, who vacated the WBO and IBF crowns to move up in weight, wants to fight for the WBO jr. flyweight title, but first he has to take care of Fajardo. The bout will take place in the flyweight division as both weighed in at 110. UniMas will televise at midnight ET/11PM PT.



January 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Soro annihilates Micsko in 40 seconds

Former world title challenger Michel Soro (24-1-1, 14 KOs) needed just 40 seconds to annihilate Sandor Micsko (25-8-2, 19 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round junior middleweight clash on Friday night at the Salle Polyvalente Du Ramier in Blagnac, France. Among those cheering on his knockout victory was friend and top rated middleweight challenger Hassan N’Dam.



January 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Sonny Bill Williams defeats Chauncy Welliver

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermont

Unbeaten heavyweight and Australian rugby hero Sonny Bill Williams (7-0, 3 KOs) hammered out an eight round unanimous decision over 302lb veteran Chauncy Welliver (55-10-5, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Williams was in command all the way, winning by scores of 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.

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January 31st, 2015

UFC

Joe Lauzon’s Assault on 2015 Begins

Joe Lauzon does not have a picture of Anthony Pettis on his mirror. There is no call for revenge against the UFC lightweight champion, no daily talks to himself about a quest for the title and a rematch with the man who defeated him nearly three years ago . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from México City

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez and Alma Montiel

Dante Jardon 139.70 vs. Patricio Moreno 139.70
(WBC International súper featherweight title)

Juan Carlos Salgado 135.75 vs. Jairo “Doberman” Lopez 134.65
Jacky Calvo 111.75 vs. Guadalupe Bautista 109
Diego Cruz 154 vs. Luis Prieto 150

Venue: Arena Coliseo in México City
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

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January 31st, 2015

Boxing News

South Africa saddened by Kushner’s death

By Ron Jackson

News of the sudden death of legendary promoter Cedric Kushner on Thursday in New York City came as a shock to the tight-knit boxing community in South Africa. Kushner was involved in many big-time world championship promotions around the world, including joint promotions with top SA promoter Rodney Berman. Among the fighters they promoted were Vuyani Bungu and Welcome Ncita, both world champions. Berman tweeted on Friday: “Very sad to hear about the passing of Cedric Kushner, my larger-than-life friend and co-promoter; one of boxing’s most charismatic figures.”

Kushner, who died of a heart attack, was born in Cape Town in 1949, and became a popular and highly respected promoter after moving to the United States. (more…)



January 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Philadelphia

Prichard Colon 151.4 vs. Hector Munoz 153.8
Stephen Fulton 123.1 vs. Eric Gotay 122.9
Anthony Prescott 150.2 vs. Grayson Blake 146.7
Kyrone Davis 159.8 vs. Jonathan Garcia 160
Raynell Williams 133.9 vs. Ryan Picou 135.5
Jamontay Clark 150.6 vs. Dominique Foster 150.6
Earl Newman 180 vs. Yuwshua Zadok 181.1
Antonio Russell 116.2 vs. Harold Reyes 120

Promoter: King’s Promotions & XFE
Venue: 2300 Arena
1st Bell: 6:45 PM



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Luis upsets IBF #15 rated Dargan; Barrera stops Lacy in four

Photos: Emily Harney

In the first big upset of 2015, Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-2, 7 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated IBF #15 rated Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (17-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. In a bout that could have been fought in a phone booth, 7:1 underdog Luis pressed the action and outworked Dargan all night. Luis should have been credited with a knockdown in round three after putting Dargan down with a left hand. He dropped Dargan officially in round ten to punctuate a 97-92, 99-90, 97-92 win.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera (15-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over faded former world champion Jeff Lacy (27-6, 18 KOs). Barrera dropped Lacy with a right hand in round one, then punished him until the bout was stopped at 2:05 of round four. Lacy was game, but didn’t look to have much left at age 37.

In a good action fight between New England middleweight rivals, Thomas Falowo (13-3, 8 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Russell Lamour (11-1, 5 KOs). Falowo, who was 1-4 against Lamour in the amateur ranks, was the aggressor and took a deserved 78-74, 77-75, 77-75 nod on the judges’ cards. *Note: Russell Lamour’s official Fight Fax pro record is 14-5, 4 KOs, counting eight World Series of Boxing fights.

Middleweight Shane Mosley, Jr. (3-1, 3 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Rafael Machado (0-3). Mosley knocked down Machado twice before the referee stopped it. photos



January 30th, 2015


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