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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) continued his preparations for his September 15 showdown against WBC silver welterweight beltholder Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18KOs), holding a media workout Wednesday at the TSB 44 in Santa Monica, California. “I feel good and I have trained well and am practically ready,” Canelo told Fightnews.com. The Mexican superstar from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico is on track and ready as he looked sharp working with father and son duo trainer Eddie Reynoso and manager Jose “Chepo” Reynoso.
“We have been training hard for eight weeks we will do ten leading to the fight. Saul is looking sharp,” trainer Eddie Reynoso told Fightnews.com. Alvarez had previously trained up in the mountains in Big Bear, California for his previous bouts and now has made the transition to training near the beach in Santa Monica. (more…)
By Chito Yu Katangkatang
Giovani “The Aztec Warrior” Segura (28-2-1, 24 KOs) will be back on the boxing scene after his stoppage loss to Brian Viloria last December. The former WBA and WBO Light Flyweight Champion was advised by his doctors to take some rest from boxing for some months. After the much needed vacation, the tough Mexican Champion is back.
“My doctors and good friends all advised me to take some rest so that I can fully recover both physically and emotionally. It was also fun taking my time away from boxing. I got myself busy with Politics. I openly campaigned for our new Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. It was worth it ‘coz we are victorious. I never stopped keeping myself in shape. Yes I gained weight some time but I am okay right now. I can fight in October. I learned a lot of the Viloria loss. If you don’t give boxing 100%, then it wont give you back a 100% victory. Indeed it’s a jealous sport. I’m still in my prime. I am young and strong and I can still fight the top guys out there and be a champion again,” Segura told this scribe. (more…)
The four-time world champion Juan Manuel ¨Dinamita¨ Marquez plays with this stunning Cheetah one of the fastest felines in the world, along with his promoter Fernando Beltran after a long meeting held yesterday planning the possible fourth fight against Manny Pacquiao or also against Timothy Bradley scheduled for November or early December. Juan Manuel will start training for the fight and said that in his next fight he will be fast and effective in the ring like a cat and for this he will make it one of the best preparations of his life. ¨Me and my promoter Fernando Beltran talked about all possible scenarios for my next fight, first to face Pacquiao again, that it’s almost for sure, but in this business anything can happen. If for some reason Pacquiao will not fight then I will face Timothy Bradley in November, we will be ready for anyone that does not hesitate,” said the Mexican boxing idol. Promoter Fernando Beltran said that he will confirm Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV along with the final date in very short time. “While we wait for the confirmation a lot can happen, but we already have several plans to Marquez in the unlikely case that Manny Pacquiao doesn´t happen.” said Beltran.
Electronic artist deadmau5 premieres his “Professional Griefers” music video today, Wednesday, August 29 at www.youtube.com/deadmau5. The “Professional Griefers” video—which also features vocalist Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance—directed by Paul Boyd and Jeff Ranasinghe and produced by Dave Stewart’s Weapons of Mass Entertainment with Method Studios as the visual effects company. In it, deadmau5 and Gerard Way engage in a futuristic Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) bout, where both parties battle it out in a post apocalyptic Octagon™ with massive CGI mau5 robots (see attached promo poster). Check out behind the scenes footage at: http://youtu.be/hfDoZ9dVuuY. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has confirmed to Fightews.com the date of October 27 to the fight between WBC super bantamweight world champion Abner Mares and WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo Moreno at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Initially the date of the Golden Boy Promotions/Showtime card was slated for October 13 in Las Vegas. Mares-Moreno will be part of a TV tripleheader with the others two fights to be announced shortly.
Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) announced yesterday that its ninth year of operation will commence in a few weeks. The popular GYM Boxing Series, “Fast & Furious,” as previously announced, returns this coming season with an improved Version 3.0 to the famed Bell Centre in Montreal. GYM will launch the new season series Oct. 12 at the Bell Centre, headlined by the IBF super middleweight title eliminator between Quebec favorite Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (18-1-0, 15 KOs) and American invader Donovan “Da Bomb” George (23-2-1, 20 KOs). The winner between these two powerful hitters will automatically become the mandatory challenger to IBF champion Carl Froch.
The “Fast & Dangerous 3.0” series will be accessible to Canadian boxing fans in the comfort of their homes on television through Canal Indigo, Bell TV, and Shaw TV, as well WealthTV and WealthTV.com in the United States. (more…)
San Leandro, California’s Glenn Donaire #3 WBA, #6WBO, #14WBC, older brother of jr. featherweight phenom Nonito Donaire Jr., has positioned himself for another title opportunity under the guidance of his father Nonito Donaire Sr. Sources close to Donaire’s camp have confirmed that if Glenn was to come out victorious on Septemeber 14th against the rugged and savvy Mexican Omar “Lobito” Soto televised on the Telemundo Network he will have positioned himself to possibly challenge the winner of the Hernan “Tyson” Marquez vs Brian Viloria unification bout slated for September 29th.
“As always I never look past the fight that I have in front of me, but if everything goes accordingly I will to be taking a close look on September 29th. I’m dedicated now more than ever. I look to make my own legacy and not ride under my brother’s shadow. As everyone knows, I’m being trained by my father Nonito Donaire Sr. which I consider the best trainer in boxing,” said Glenn. The Donaire vs Soto, Septemebr 14th showdown from Tampa, Florida will be for the WBO NABO title currently vacant. Telemundo HD Network LIVE 11:35pm ET.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Sebastian Andrzejczyk/ringpolska
“It will be almost impossible to win against a world champion like Wladimir Klitschko, on the scorecards. So, most likely, I have to knock him out. I don’t want to say when, 8th or 9th round. I just don’t know if I want to do it, because I’m not sure if the last guy I knocked out is still in the hospital or not,” – quipped Polish heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KOs) during a second press conference taking place in Warsaw, announcing his fight against IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO titleholder Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KOs) on November 10 in Hamburg.
“Dr Steelhammer” was mildly amused. “So, do you want to knock me out or not? You have to decide it. Knockout is the best way to win the boxing fight, this is what fans are expecting from us” – said Wladimir. “I heard a lot about my so-called glass chin, and Wach is just one of my previous opponents who are predicting my KO. It’s all fun and games now, but when we will be in the ring all the fun will be gone. Wach would have to fight Lamon Brewster or Corrie Sanders to know how tough is to fight them and for me, all of this knockout talk just helps my motivation.” Click here for giant photo gallery
By Joe Koizumi
Some foreign fight scribe once asked this reporter, “Are all Japanese boxers southpaws?” No way, but his question might partly make sense, watching our current world champions. Out of eight current titlists five are southpaws. WBC bantam ruler Shinsuke Yamanaka and WBC fly kingpin Toshiyuki Igarashi, both of whom are slated to defend their belts against Tomas Rojas and Nestor Narvaes respectively on November 3, are both lefthanders. Also southpaw is WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Ao, who will put his throne on the line against Mexican Gamaliel Diaz on October 27. WBC super-bantam champ emeritus Toshiaki Nishioka, who had kept his belt on seven occasions to his credit, is also a southpaw who will square off against IBF/WBO champ Nonito Donaire in Las Vegas on October 13. WBA bantam ruler in recess is Koki Kameda, who is also a southpaw speedster. Orthodox titleholders are only three: WBA 130-pound champ Takashi Uchiyama, WBA 105-pound titlist Kazuto Ioka and the most newly crowned WBA 115-pound leader Yota Sato. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
World ranked Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio and WBC former world champion Carlos “Tata” Baldomir will collide for the a fringe middleweight world title (WBF) on September 8 at the Estadio Miguel Aleman in Celaya, Guanajuato. “He no longer has the same speed and we have studied him very well, but he’s a veteran fighter who still wants to show who he is in boxing and we’re prepared to face him and come out with the victory,” said Rubio who is in the final stage of their preparation with trainer Jorge “Mapimi” Rodriguez. Also in action that night is middleweight prospect Marco “Dorado” Reyes againat Julio Cesar “Baby Face” Garcia, lightweight Abdiel “Mortero” Ramirez against Hugo Salas and female featherweight star Laura Serrano against Irma Garcia. The event is presented by Promociones del Pueblo.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez is currently working on footwork and hopes that this is one of the advantages that will help him beat Daniel Ponce De Leon on September 15 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. “I feel fast and we are looking to move a lot. Ponce is a very difficult southpaw and a great fighter. I’ll use my intelligence and I’ll try to throw a lot of punches so I can take advantage of his carelessness. On this night I’ll be 100% and fully focused,” says Gonzalez at the Romanza Gym in Mexico City with his trainer Nacho Beristain. For the third consecutive year, Gonzalez will be fighting on Mexican Independence Day and that day is also his birthday (he’ll be 31). Gonzalez looks great shape right now with two weeks remaining to the fight and his team expects Jhonny’s excellent preparations will provide him with a lot of confidence to deal with anything Ponce De Leon may present.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
This is a television promotional clip on the Sturm v Geale WBA/IBF middleweight bout in Germany on Saturday.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Yolanda Colon (Palacios), Michal Koper (Wlodarczyk)
“I’m ready to go to Poland again and this time beat Włodarczyk so convincingly that even his family will say, ‘Diablo you lost this fight.’ Knocking him out will be obviously the safest thing to do and my fans in Poland and US will see a completely different Wizard – aggressive and merciless” said WBC #1 cruiserweight contender, Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (21-1, 13 KOs) from his training camp at Legacy Fitness Club.
His rival, WBC defending champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (46-2, 33 KO), shrugs off all the Palacios threats. “Barking dogs seldom bite. I will not make any predictions or statements, let’s see how Palacios will actually fight when I meet him in Wroclaw on September 22. The ring will prove that I’m the only man worthy of WBC cruiserweight belt. After I beat Palacios, I want to fight maybe 3-4 times as a cruiserweight and then give a try in the heavyweight division.” More plus video!
It was October 2011 in Montreal’s Bell Centre and Canadian fighter Mitch Gagnon (8-2) was staring across the cage at David Harris, a fighter from Detroit, Michigan. Both fighters were riding win streaks of three or better and Harris was making a splash north of the border. . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
On November 3, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (34-2-1, 25 KOs) returns against former WBA champ Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KOs). The bout will take place at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle/Westfalen, Germany. For Huck, it is the return to the venue where he dethroned previous champion Victor Emilio Ramirez. Since then Huck has successfully defended the title nine times. Should he win against Arslan, he will be granted a special “super champion” status by the WBO in recognition of ten successful title defenses. “Of course, that especially motivates me,” said Huck. “Currently there are no fighters on our team who can make that claim. I don’t want to miss the chance to become WBO super champion under any circumstances.” Regarding the WBO #8 Arslan, Huck stated, “He is a genuine fighting machine. He’s always applying strong pressure and he’s a southpaw. I have to be in top condition.”
WBA & IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin was invited to the Yankees-Blue Jays game on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. During the 5th inning they put him on the large video screen in center field. Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs) of Kazakhstan, will make his highly anticipated United States debut when he defends his titles against WBA #3 ranked and European Champion Grzegorz Proksa (28-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday in the main event at Turning Stone Casino in Verno, NY, broadcast live on HBO Boxing After Dark (9:45 PM ET/PT). (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Tuesday in Panama City was the final press conference for the event called “Desafio Final” (Final Challenge) between Panamanian mandatory challenger Ricardo “El Mamatico” Nunez and South African IBF flyweight world champion Moruti “Baby Face” Mthalane to take place Saturday at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City in an event organized by Promociones y Eventos del Ismo and broadcast on TV Max.
Moruti Mthalane: This will be a good fight and I respect the challenger but this night I’ll go out with the victory. It’s good to defend this crown in America, I feel great and I want get into the ring fast.”
Ricardo Nunez: I hope to be the the 30th world champion from Panama. I trained very hard and I am sure I’ll win that crown. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Vincent Ethier
Even though he is ranked 6th by the WBA, junior Lightweight Arash Usmanee remains a well-kept secret. The undefeated Usmanee (20-0, 10 KOs), born in Afghanistan, raised in Canada, is now hoping to change all that and get the opportunity to fight in the United States on national television. Arash moved to Canada at age 10, became a star of the Canadian national amateur team for over 5 years before turning pro in 2009. In his pro career, the 30 year-old Usmanee has won the WBA NABA title and the WBC Continental Americas title. He has fought 3 times in the United States without much fanfare but is now looking to showcase his boxing talent on bigger scale than the rather small boxing shows he’s been accustomed to. Fightnews caught up with Arash Usmanee to talk about his past and his plans for the future. (more…)
WBC #1, WBA #3 welterweight Thomas Dulorme (15-0, 12 KOs) will be facing off against Dominican Yoryi Estrella (10-7, 7 KOs) on Friday in a bout scheduled for 10-rounds at the Guillermo Angulo Coliseum in Carolina, PR. “We are ready and eager to fight this Friday,” said Dulorme, the undefeated fighter, who is promoted Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment Dulorme. “Yoryi Estrella is a great strong fighter and I hope we bring a toe to toe action packed fight, because the fans are paying for the tickets.” (more…)
More photos from the press conference in Hamburg, Germany for the November 10 clash between WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and his challenger Mariusz Wach. The two will face off at the o2 World in Hamburg.
Wladimir Klitschko: “16 years ago I started my professional career in Hamburg. It is always special to come back and have an event in this city. I expect from Wach that he will be as well prepared as never before.”
Mariusz Wach: “I promise a very hard and interesting fight. My goal is to take Wladimir’s belts. It is the most important fight in my entire career but I have nothing to lose.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
The World Boxing Council and premiere Swiss watch maker Hublot have teamed up to create a fund for several stricken heroes of the ring. WBC president Jose Sulaiman and WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman contacted Fightnews to share the details of this venture, as well as announce an historic fund raising event featuring a dozen all–time boxing greats. Here is Jose Sulaiman’s open letter to the boxing community and beyond:
By Gabriel F. Cordero
According to a source, Juan Manuel Marquez and Zanfer Promotions have reached an initial agreement with Top Rank to fight Manny Pacquiao on November 10 in Las Vegas. Marquez met Monday in Mexico City with Zanfer and is said to have reached an agreement. Apparently there will be no rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley, as Pacman is eyeing Floyd Mayweather in 2013. Marquez, the current WBA lightweight super champion and WBO super lightweight champion has always fought Pacquiao tough with two controversial losses and a draw.
Los Angeles based boxing manager, Frank Espinoza, has announced the signing of two time Mexican Olympian, Oscar Valdez, to a multi-year contract. Valdez, 21, first made news in 2008 when he qualified for the Olympics at 17 years old. He qualified again four years later for the 2012 games and gained quite a following with his aggressive and fan friendly style.
“I’m honored to be part of Espinoza Boxing,” said the Sonora, Mexico native. “I have big dreams and I plan to reach them with Frank’s help.” (more…)
Two heavyweights from the Goossen Tutor stable will appear in a non-televised undercard bout on Ward-Dawson card on September 8 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Malik Scott (34-0, 11 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against once-beaten Bowie Tupou (26-1, 16 KOs). “It’s very unusual to match fighters, especially heavyweights, with a combined 60 victories and only one loss against one another when it’s not for the world championship or televised on a major network,” offered Dan Goossen, promoter of both fighters. “Our goal was simple though, have compelling bouts underneath more compelling bouts.”
Tickets for the much anticipated return of world championship boxing to Brooklyn go on sale TOMORROW, Wednesday, August 29 at 10:00 a.m. ET/7:00 a.m. PT. The stacked October 20 event will be the first boxing event to take place at the brand new, state-of-the-art Barclays Center in Brooklyn and features an exciting matchup between unbeaten Danny “Swift” Garcia who will be defending his WBA Super, WBC & Ring Magazine Super Lightweight World Championships against the legendary Mexican warrior and future Hall of Famer Erik “El Terrible” Morales. In the co-featured fight, Brooklyn’s own Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi risks his WBA Welterweight World Championship against hard-hitting Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano. The night will also feature a star-studded line-up of New York’s top talents including New York’s undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, Brooklyn’s hot middleweight prospect Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs, former World Champion Luis Collazo, the Bronx’s rising star Eddie Gomez, former title contender Dmitriy Salita and Brooklyn prospect Boyd Melson. Tickets start at $50 and go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, August 29 at 10:00 a.m. ET and will be available at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, or at 800-745-3000.
By Robert Hough
Andre “SOG” Ward said his fight with “Bad” Chad Dawson was set at 168 pounds the minute Dawson issued a public challenge to Ward to face him at that weight. Ward (25-0, 13 KOs), the WBA, WBC and The Ring super middleweight champion is scheduled to defend his belts against Dawson (31-1-0-2, 17 KOs), the WBC light heavyweight champion who’s dropping 7 pounds, on Sept. 8 at the Oracle Arena Oakland, Calif.
“It’s negotiating 101,” Ward said Tuesday during a teleconference to discuss the bout that’s set to take place a few miles from where Ward was born and has lived since then. “He was negotiating against himself when he said that. I never demanded that. When I was sitting on my couch and heard him say what he said, to me, the fight was signed, sealed and delivered.” (more…)
Gary Shaw Productions signs light-middleweight prospect Francisco Santana (13-3-1, 6 KOs) to a promotional contract with the hopes that the Santa Barbra Calif., native can work his way up the rankings. “Santana is a very popular fighter in his region and he brings an exciting style to the ring every time he gets in there,” said Shaw. “The Chumash Casino is his home and we plan on showcasing him on all of our shows there. I know he has the talent to take his career to the next level and I’m looking forward to his development with Gary Shaw Productions.” (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Fight week activities for Saturday night’s big WBA/IBF middleweight unification between Felix Sturm and Daniel Geale in Oberhausen, Germany, kicked off with yesterday’s final press conference, which was not open to the public. However, fans wanting to get a glimpse of the fighters can attend a public workout tomorrow and the official weigh-in on Friday. There are also some tickets remaining for the show at the KoenigPilsener-Arena, they can be bought at www.eventim.de.
Fight Week Schedule:
Wednesday, August 29, 12:30pm local time
CentrO Oberhausen, Coca Cola-Oase
Centroallee, 46047 Oberhausen
Participants: Felix Sturm, Daniel Geale and their respective teams
Friday, August 21, 11:30am local time
Volkswagen Zentrum Duisburg
Ruhrdeich 120, 47059 Duisburg
Weigh-In for the undercard starts at 11:30am, Felix Sturm and Daniel Geale are
expected at on the scales an hour later
Happy 41st birthday to former champion Raul Marquez who is celebrating today working out at his new gym – Raul Marquez Boxing Fitness Gym, 401 Wilson Road, Humble, Texas 77347.
Check out www.koboxeomundial.com, a new online boxing magazine which comes out monthly on the first day of each month. It is on its 4th edition already. The editor is Mexican Journalist Raul De La Cruz and many other boxing journalists from Latin America contribute also.
A Florida court denied Rigondeaux’s emergency motion for a stay in injunction against him. In English, it means he still can’t fight on September 15.
Interviewer: Andrzej Koneczny/Ringpolska
It was first for the sport of boxing as fight promoter Roy Englebrecht introduced the first ever live Twitter feed at his Fight Club OC show on August 16th. All fans in attendance at the sold out show were able to tweet their comments to all fans in attendance and even were encouraged to tweet their scoring of each bout. All these tweets were then displayed in real time on the large Fight Club OC video board scrolling across the bottom of the screen.
“My son Drew, who is our marketing and operations manager has wanted to come up with something that would get our Fight Club OC fans more interactive with our shows, and he thought that having a Twitter Scroll on the bottom of our video screen would be the way to do it,” said Englebrecht. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“It could be one of my toughest fights in years. Wach can hit and is bigger than me,” said WBO, IBF, IBO and WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KOs) during today’s press conference in Hamburg, Germany announcing his title defense against Poland’s Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KOs).
“I will be million percent ready, it will not be a boring fight,” stated Wach. Klitschko-Wach will take place on November 10 in the O2 Arena in Hamburg.
Carl Froch will defend his IBF World super middleweight title against IBF #6 Yusaf Mack at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on November 17. Froch became a three-time World Champion with a stunning fifth round KO of Lucian Bute to claim the belt at the same venue in May and returns to fight Mack, the Philadelphian World title challenger who will enter the lion’s den aiming to cause an upset. ‘Mack Attack’ challenged Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light heavyweight title last June and recorded an impressive win over Omar Sheika in April, dominating the man who challenged Joe Calzaghe and Jeff Lacy in World title bouts to take the USBA light heavyweight title with a wide points decision. It’s the first time Froch has fought back-to-back fights at his hometown fortress since 2008 and The Cobra is ready to put on a show for his loyal faithful.
“I can’t wait to get back into that ring in Nottingham and give the fans another great night,” said Froch. “The Bute win will go down as one of the greatest nights of my life and I plan on doing something special against Mack on November 17. He’s got nothing to lose coming here to face me and I know he’ll put it all on the line to take the title from me so I’ll be fully prepared for everything he’s got and I’ll be hitting him with all my best.”
Report and photos by John DiSanto Philly Boxing History (.com)
Three Philadelphia fighters will box on the upcoming September 8th fight card at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. All of them, Steve Cunningham, Bryant Jennings, and Karl Dargan, participated in an open workout for the media at West Philly’s James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym on Monday.
Cunningham, a former two-time cruiserweight champion, moves up to the heavyweight division for the first time and fights Florida-based Jason Gavern, 21-10-4 (10 KO). Cunningham, 24-4 (12 KO), used to fighting at 200 pounds, plans to weigh in at around 208 pounds for the 10-round fight. “It’s David & Goliath,” Cunningham said of his move up to boxing’s glamour division. “But it’s still going to be the same Steve Cunningham.” (more…)
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs) is currently sparring with Friday Ahunayna and Chaen “Checkmate” Chess at the Hit Factory Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada. “The Rock” is scheduled to fight Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) for the WBA world heavyweight title on September 9 at the Alsterdorf Sporthalle, in Hamburg.
Chaen Chess is also trained by Eddie Muhammad Mustafa. The 27-year-old has relocated from Ohio to Las Vegas to train with Mustafa. (more…)
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