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On Saturday afternoon, March 1st, Ricky Burns will make his 4th defense of the WBO Lightweight title when he takes on highly regarded and undefeated Terence Crawford in a 12-round bout from the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.
The fight can be viewed live and exclusively across the United States on AWE, A Wealth of Entertainment.
“This world title fight showdown has the makings of a ‘fight of the year’. Crawford is undefeated and coming off some big wins. Burns is a proven champ. We’re ecstatic to be bringing this world-class title fight to boxing fans across the United States”, said Charles Herring, president of AWE.
Burns of Coatbridge, Scotland has a record of 36-2-1 with 11 knockouts and has not lost a fight in over seven years which spans 22 fights. He won the WBO Super Featherweight title with a thrilling 12 round unanimous decision over Roman Martinez. He made three defenses of his crown which includes wins over Andreas Evensen and Joseph Laryea. Burns then stopped former WBO Super featherweight champion Nicky Cook in one round. (more…)
Report & photos: Przemek Garczarczyk
Just a couple of days before leaving cold Chicago and boarding the plane for Monte Carlo, Osumanu Adama (22-3, 16 KOs) is all smiles and confidence in advance of his world title challenge against undefeated WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs)
“Everything went well during the duration of our training camp,” said Adama “It was the longest, hardest camp I had in 18 months, and it will be very visible against Golovkin. We worked the whole time to make me a better, different fighter. I don’t know what Abel Sanchez is expecting to see, but they he will be surprised and see a different guy on February 1. They pick the wrong fighter. Me!” photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After 38 years, the presidency of the World Boxing Council is vacant following the recent death of its longtime leader Jose Sulaiman. The WBC Board of Governors will now elect a new president in the coming weeks. Unofficially there are a number of candidates, with the frontrunner being Jose Sulaiman’s son Mauricio Sulaiman. Other names that could be in the mix include Belgian Bob Logist, Thai Kovid Bhakdibhumi, American Rex Walker, Britain’s Charles Giles, Tunisian Houcine Houichi and Korean Ju Hwan Kim.
“The World Council is strong and united with its ten federations where there are people with much ability and desire to continue fighting for boxing. For now it’s very important to maintain the commitment to continue the legacy of Jose Sulaiman. The main objective is that the WBC remains the number one boxing organization,” said Mauricio Sulaiman, the WBC Executive Secretary who is currently serving as acting president.
For the moment, Mauricio says he isn’t thinking about or discussing the possibility of taking over for his father. “These are days of reflection and conversation about the life of my father and keeping in touch with all those who identified with my father.”
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
The New Year paints to be a good one for undefeated light welterweight Antonio Orozco (18-0, 14KOs) of San Diego, CA. The first step in that direction is this Friday night when he faces the much more experienced Miguel Angel Huerta (27-11-1, 18KOs) in a ten round contest from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA, and televised by Fox Sports 1. The main event, Orozco’s first on a network, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
The twenty-six year old Orozco is as much a blue chip prospect as they come. A strong amateur pedigree, signed to a name manager in the likes of Frank Espinoza (who guides the career of Abner Mares, Daniel Ponce de Leon and Olympian Oscar Valdez among others) and under the banner of arguably the biggest promotional company in the business, Orozco is just now getting some of the recognition he deserves.
For Orozco, geography has something to do with it, “we obviously know that L.A. is the mecca of boxing in the west coast. We are at a little disadvantage being here in San Diego but thanks to Fightnews and other sites that cover boxing; my name is getting out there.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
In a bout for the vacant IBF flyweight title, unbeaten former Beijing 2008 Olympian and IBF #7 rated Amnat Ruenroeng (12-0, 5 KOs) of Thailand scored a twelve round unanimous decision over IBF #5 Rocky Fuentes (35-7-2, 20 KOs) of the Philippines on Wednesday night at Liptapanlop Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. It was a competitive scrap with both fighters having their moments, but Ruenroeng was a deserved winner. Scores were 117-111, 116-112, 116-112.
The bout was for the title formerly held by Moruti Mthalane, who was stripped of the belt for refusing to defend against Ruenroeng.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Former super welterweight champion Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) and Mexican slugger Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) are set to clash Saturday March 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime pay-per view. The fighters met and faced off Tuesday afternoon at the Café Pinot in the outdoor plaza at the Los Angeles Central Library in downtown Los Angeles. The bout shapes up as a classic all-Mexican showdown.
“I feel enthusiastic to be back in the ring and I’m just awaiting the night of the fight,” Canelo told Fightnews.com
Angulo told us, “This is a very important fight. It’s interesting because many are wondering about this one, in fact many years ago people in Mexico and in the U.S. wanted to see this fight!” (more…)
There will be a laundry list of top ten fighters on display when the UFC returns to Chicago on Saturday night for the latest installment of the FOX UFC Saturday series, this time showcasing former lightweight champion Benson Henderson in his first fight since dropping the title when he faces former Strikeforce king Josh Thomson.. . . More
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ABC News has a feature on Thailand’s brutal child boxing scene. More
Tony Bellew to make his debut as a cruiserweight in Liverpool on March 15. More
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George Groves says he’s “waiting for Carl Froch.” More
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Hundreds of fans turned out on a Tuesday afternoon to witness up close and personal Mexican boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez, fan favorite Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo and four other world-class action fighters for a jam-packed press conference hosted by Golden Boy Promotions to formally announce “TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo,” a four-fight PPV telecast on March 8 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Joining the popular main event fighters at the Los Angeles Central Public Library Outdoor Plaza undefeated Two-Division World Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz, former Three-Time World Champion Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares and Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez, a brother of Canelo Alvarez,
Moments before the press conference officially began, a nervous Angulo had several inches of his shoulder-length hair cut. It will be donated to Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, who emceed the proceedings, mentioned that “almost 6,000″ seats had already been sold for the event and that he expected “a full house.”
Canelo Alvarez: Alfredo Angulo is a very strong fighter, and he knows how to come forward. He knows how to throw a punch and take a punch and he comes to fight. I’m sure you want to see a fight and you don’t want to see a guy who is going to be running all night. I’ve prepared myself very well to give you all a great fight. I’m glad Alfredo has some fans here today, but my fans are better.
Alfredo Angulo: I’m the same Alfredo Angulo as I’ve always been and I’m going to always give the fans great fights. I think that I earn respect in my fights and March 8 is going to be no different. He knows the heart that I have. He’s knows it very well; that the advantage I have over him. I know I have some doubters. But if you doubt me, go ahead and look up my fights on YouTube. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Undefeated Lightweight sensation Felix Verdejo arrives in New York City from Puerto Rico for his upcoming feature fight against Lauro Alcantar of Mexico on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia vs Juan Carlos Burgos card, Saturday, January 25 and televised live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, on HBO Boxing After Dark®.
The Garcia – Burgos world championship event will be promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Banner Promotions, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Warriors Boxing Promotions, Madison Square Garden and Tecate. Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (86-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com. photos
The first father-son combination of Floyd Patterson and Tracy Harris Patterson highlight the announcement of the Class of 2014 inductees heading into the third-year New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF). The third annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), March 30, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. The NYSBHOF is sponsored by Ring 8
“This is another very strong class of inductees,” Ring 8 & NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy said. “We are honoring New York’s finest in our sport. This is all about recognizing great fighters, as well as others involved in boxing, from the state of New York.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work this Saturday, January 25, in the world title defenses of champions Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia and Marco Huck, to be held in United States and Germany, respectively.
At the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York, USA, the WBO junior lightweight (130 pounds) champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) will defend his crown for the first time against the #1 ranked Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KOs). For this fight the referee will be Harvey Dock, from United States. The judges for the Garcia-Burgos clash, a Top Rank presentation, will be Julie Lederman, Michael Pernick and John Poturaj, all three from United States. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be John Duggan.
At the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, the WBO cruiserweight (200 pounds) champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) will make his 12th defense versus the #1 ranked Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs) in a Sauerland Event presentation. For this fight the referee will be Mark Nelson, from United States. The judges for the bout between Huck and Arslan are Andre Van Grootenbruel, from Belgium, Donald Trella, from United States and Terry O’Connor, from United Kingdom. The WBO supervisor for this bout will be Istvan “Koko” Kovacs.
By Rick Scharmberg
IBF #15-ranked welterweight Ray “The New Ray Robinson” Robinson (16-2, 7 KOs) will headline the February 21 show against an opponent to be named at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. Robinson last fought on August 2, 2013, when he won the vacant USBA welterweight title with a spectacular seventh round KO over Ray “The Emperor” Narh at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware. Robinson has won five straight fights since dropping a decision to current IBF welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter in a nationally televised bout back in 2010. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
U.S. boxing fans will apparently be shut out of seeing a television broadcast of WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s February 1 world title defense against Chicago-based Osumanu Adama. Citing “logistics,” HBO (which has an exclusive deal to televise Golovkin’s bouts in the U.S.), has announced will not carry the fight. However, Canadian television rights distributor Octapixx will be providing the fight card from Monte Carlo to millions of viewers from all over the world, and it’s very easy for a network to pick up a satellite feed and add their own announcers either on-site or remotely. HBO could easily air this card if they really wanted to.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO jr. lightweight champion and 2013 Fighter of the Year nominee Mikey Garcia and two-time world title challenger and current #1 contender Juan Carlos Burgos worked out for the press during “Media Day” in New York City. Garcia will be making his first defense of his 130lb world title. Garcia vs. Burgos will take place on Saturday and will be televised live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, on HBO Boxing After Dark. The Garcia-Burgos world championship event will be promoted by Top Rank in association with Banner Promotions, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Warriors Boxing Promotions, Madison Square Garden and Tecate. Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.
Former super welterweight world champion and Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez and former interim junior middleweight world champion Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo held an international media conference call Tuesday to discuss their PPV clash taking place on March 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo Alvarez: We made the decision that Angulo had the best style for me. He’s strong, comes forward and is exciting. A good fight for the fans…I’m not taking him lightly.
[On losing to Mayweather] Nobody ever wants to lose, but I see it as a learning experience and I’m going to take the best out of it.
Alfredo Angulo: I have a very good game plan, we’ve been working hard and I think people are going to be very surprised…Canelo is a great fighter, but on March 8, the fans will find out which Mexican fighter will stay on top!
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley are poised to face each other in a rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a source from the US told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Tuesday. The press tour will start next month with LA and New York as stops. More details will be revealed next week.
IBF Youth cruiserweight beltholder Dennis Ronert (19-0, 14 KOs) meets Shefat Isufi (12-0-2, 8 KOs) in a clash of unbeaten hot prospects on the big March 1 title card at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. The main event is the third match in the trilogy between WBO champion Robert Stieglutz and former two division champion Arthur Abraham. Unbeaten WBO/WBF female middleweight champion Christina Hammer will also defend her belts.
On Saturday, January 25th at the Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, West Virginia will host a light heavyweight clash between Eric Watkins (10-5-1, 6 KOs) from Morgantown, WV, against undefeated Dustin Echard (8-0, 5 KOs) from Parkersburg, WV. The fight will be a ten-rounder for the State light heavyweight title and top a nine bout card promoted by Simons Promotions. “Everyone is excited to see the Watkins-Echard, a boxer vs. puncher match-up,” said promoter Steve Simons. “It was supposed to happen last summer but an injury delayed it until now. We are expecting a sell out.”
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Billy Briscoe
Gabriel Rosado, 21-7, 13 KOs, 1 ND, takes on undefeated Jermell Charlo Saturday night at the (Washington) DC Armory in a 10-round junior middleweight fight that offers the North Philly veteran a chance to go back to the days when a 154-pound championship looked like a foregone conclusion. That was before a rise in weight class and three big fights in 2013 all but brought the popular warrior to a dead end.
A victory against Charlo could put Rosado’s career back on the rails and return him to the top of the 154-pound division. But another loss could very well close the door on Rosado’s title dreams, and perhaps have him wishing that he had avoided that profitable path to the middleweight division.
About one year ago, after a trio of emphatic victories at 154, Gabriel Rosado gave up his #1 ranking as a junior middleweight for the opportunity to challenge middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on HBO. Few gave the North Philadelphian much of a chance of taking the 160-pound title. So the lucrative move upward – both in weight and in class – was understood to be a calculated risk with a huge upside if Rosado could manage to pull an upset. Even in the worst case scenario Rosado would just go back to 154. (more…)
Very few 20-year-old fighters have been thrust into the spotlight the way Sergio Pettis has since being signed by the UFC last summer . . . More
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By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr.
North Philly super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart gets 2014 underway on January 25th when he takes on Derrick Findley in a 6-round bout at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York. Hart, now 11-0 with 10 KOs, has zipped through every opponent put before him during his first two years as a pro, and made it look easy. The fighter certainly appears to have both the star power and the talent to take him a long way in the sport. However, Findley represents his first real test for Hart, after two years in the game.
Matchmaking in the first chapter of any promising pro career is a careful dance, an art form that requires finding foes tough enough to put up a decent fight, but soft enough to fold once the prospect starts throwing real leather.
Such has been the case with Hart’s first eleven bouts. The combined record of those opponents have been a below average 38-46-9. The best opposing record on Hart’s resume so far was that of his last foe, Tyrell Hendrix, 10-2-2, 3 KOs. As it turned out, Hendrix only lasted one minute and twenty seconds. (more…)
Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KOs) will face former interim cruiserweight beltholder Valery Brudov (41-4, 28 KOs) in his first fight at the weight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England on March 15. Bellew steps up a weight after challenging Adonis Stevenson for the WBC light heavyweight crown in November, and the 31-year-old doesn’t have an easy test in his debut at cruiserweight. Brudov is a former WBA interim belt holder and longtime contender with all four losses coming in world title fights, although the 37-year-old will be facing his first significant opponent in two years in Bellew.
In other action, Stephen Smith is expected to challenge Fernando David Saucedo for the Argentinian’s WBC silver featherweight title in a crunch eliminator bout. Stephen’s older brother Paul is is expected to fight for the outright ownership on the Lord Lonsdale belt with a british super middleweight title defense on the card. The youngest Smith, Callum, is also in action as he looks to build on an incredible year in 2013 where he raced to 9-0 with a stunning sequence of six first-round wins in the super middleweight division. Welterweight star Kell Brook and popular lightweight Kevin Mitchell will both be in action in tune-up bouts.
Warning: Contains Strong Language
Things heated up Monday in a heated Twitter exchange between current WBA interim lightweight champion Yuriorkas Gamboa and former champion Brandon Rios. Gamboa and Rios have some history as they were scheduled to fight in April 2012, but Gamboa never showed up at the press conference in Miami. Top Rank sued Gamboa for breach of contract, but that was dropped after an out-of-court settlement. Gamboa has recently been trying to stir something up with Rios’ stablemate Mikey Garcia, but the dispute between Rios and Gamboa has now erupted full scale. (more…)
Miami’s Joey Hernandez on the verge of a title shot. More
Australia’s Anthony Mundine is talking about running for prime minister. More
A showdown between Adonis Stevenson and Jean Pascal is in jeopardy. More
Plotting Floyd Mayweather’s last four fights. More
Junior middleweight contender Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez says he’s in the best shape of his life for his IBF elimination fight against former champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage this Friday, January 24th, at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Hernandez just finished training camp in his hometown of Miami, Florida with chief second Herman Caicedo for what is the biggest fight of the 29-year old’s career. With a win Hernandez could secure his first world title shot against current champion Carlos Molina.
Hernandez (23-1-1, 13 KOs) has won eight bouts in a row since suffering his only professional defeat. He has also started to develop, and display more punching power, stopping five of those last eight opponents. The wins have done enough to earn him this opportunity to become the mandatory challenger for Molina. “A win against Bundrage could change my life,” Hernandez said. “I have worked hard to get here, and this is the chance to take my career to the next level. This is a dream come true.” (more…)
Due to inclement weather this month’s Ring 8 meeting, scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 21), has been postponed until next Tuesday (Jan. 28 – 5 pm ET) at historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York.
By Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO Jr. Lightweight champion and 2013 Fighter of the Year nominee Mikey Garcia arrives in New York City for his first defense of his new world title against two-time world title challenger and current #1 contender Juan Carlos Burgos of Tijuana, Mexico. Garcia vs Burgos will take place on Saturday, January 25 and will be televised live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, on HBO Boxing After Dark. The Garcia-Burgos world championship event will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with Banner Promotions, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Warriors Boxing Promotions, Madison Square Garden and Tecate. Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com. More photos…
WBC Flyweight Silver Champion, Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (30-3, 22 KOs) risks his title against Mexican Carlos “El Divino” Fontes (17-1, 14 KOs) on Thursday, February 20 at Figali Plaza in Panama City, Panama. “It’s summer time and there are low possibilities of rain so we take the risk of presenting a boxing card outdoors by the Figali Convention Center where we have promoted years ago,” said Rogelio Espiño, President of Promociones del Istmo, during a press conference held at the Fantastic Casino Dorado.
If Concepcion defends successfully, his next fight could be against regular WBC Champion Akira Yaegashi from Japan. “We have started a conversation with Japanese promoters and we also offered Concepcion for a previous fight in case they want to use him to help promoting the Yaegashi clash,” Espiño added.
World ranked minimumweight Leroy Estrada (11-1, 5 KOs) and undefeated Jr. Welter Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (20-0-2, 13 KOs) are also scheduled to be part of the February 20 show.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
On Monday, a mass was held in honor of former WBC President Jose Sulaiman at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City. Hundreds of friends and members of the boxing fraternity were on hand to remember one the best known figures of contemporary world boxing. “It was very hard to be sad because the demonstration of affection of many people in all possible ways. My dad was a great fighter, so he tried and fought and dreamed and in the end it was worth his work,” said Mauricio Sulaiman.
Jose Sulaiman’s ashes will rest for a few days at his home in Lindavista, and then be transferred to French Pantheon where they will remain forever. Last October, Sulaiman had undergone a delicate heart operation, from which he never recovered. (more…)
By Steven J Canton
The SJC boxing gym in Fort Myers played host to a fun filled Saturday with its 4th annual open house and fundraiser. Approximately 150 fans came from all over the state to participate in the many activities, meet the VIP guests in attendance, enjoy the refreshments and see what has made the gym so successful during its 25 years in Southwest Florida. Several SJC boxers entertained the audience with lively sparring sessions, while others hit the speed bags, skipped rope, and trained.
There was a moving tribute and ten-count for former world champion Ezra Sellers, who trained at the SJC Gym and sparred with some of the fighters present while preparing for his title winning victory in Manchester, England against Carl Thompson in 2001. Ezra was just inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame last June and died suddenly of heart complications last month, leaving behind his wife and two sons. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
2013 came in like a lamb but went out with a bang, leaving a promise for an exciting 2014. A special thanks to all the promoters and venues which have persevered through the tough fiscal times to keep our great sport alive.
Brian Halquist and the Emerald Queen Casino’s “Battle at the Boat” series is now the oldest running show in the Northwest. Their commitment to the “Sweet Science” sustained many fans through lean years, and has remained a constant for hard core fight fans. Their signing of Zahir Raheem (35-3) has provided EQC fans with some much deserved excitement.
Likewise Ringside Ticket and Patrick Ortiz have resumed the great shows at the Seven Feathers casino in Roseburg,Oregon, as well as continuing the successful shows at the new arena at the Silver Reef Casino in Ferndale, Washington. (more…)
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr.
Now that Artur Szpilka’s visa issues have been resolved and he’s successfully entered the United States, Philadelphian Bryant Jennings can fully focus on his upcoming HBO debut. Then again, Jennings barely took notice of his opponent’s problems while preparing for the biggest opportunity of his three-year career. He always keeps his nose to the grindstone.
“I trained,” Jennings, 17-0, 9 KOs, said a few days before it was clear that Szpilka, 16-0, 12 KOs, would be available to fight. “I’m fighting on January 25th. I haven’t even given it a thought.”
The anticipated 10-rounder between the two undefeated rising heavyweights happens at Madison Square Garden Theater on Saturday night, just before the Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Carlos Burgos championship main event. The fight could help to determine a future force in the heavyweight division, or at the very least, clarify the next generation of contenders that could make a run at a title shot. (more…)
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