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Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodríguez 117 vs. Félix ‘la Ardilla’ Perez 118
Carlos ‘Macho’ Lopez 167 vs Jonathan Garcia 165
Milton ‘el Santo’ Santiago 138 vs Luis Ortíz 138
Pedro Ortiz 110 vs Alexis Díaz 109
Waldemar Pagán 115 vs. Giovany Rivera 118
Juvenal Ramos 136 vs. Jose Cortes 136.6
Kevin Nuñez 208 vs. Miguel Sanchez 220
Jelame García 157 vs. Eduardo Torres 157 libras.
Venue: Moises Navedo Coliseum, Vega Baja, PR
TV: DIRECTV PR 9:00pm
First fight at 7:00pm
Promoter: Fresh Boxing
Curtis Stevens replied to Johnson by simply saying, “I will go in there just take care of business. Yes, he’s undefeated but he’s fought 14 softies. This time he is going to be in there with the real thing.” (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Former super-middleweight world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (26-4, 18 KOs) returns to action and travels north to meet undefeated Artur Beterbiev (4-0, 4 KOs) May 24th at the Bell Centre in Montreal on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson-Andrzej Fonfara WBC light-heavyweight championship bout. Lacy, who will be 37 by fight night came back from a three year absence last November and posted his first win in four years. The Florida fighter captured the IBF super-middleweight title in 2004 and defended it a total of four times before losing it a unification bout to Joe Calzaghe in 2006. Beterbiev is presumed to be the real deal and at 29 is being moved quickly. The powerful Russian twice competed in the Olympics and was world amateur champion in 2009.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos by Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodriguez
Marco Antonio Rubio 159 vs. Domenico Spada 157
(WBC interim middleweight world title)
Edgar Monarrez 125.4 vs. Juan Jose Montes 125.4
Marco Reyes 160.6 vs. Idiozan Matos 160.6
Ibeth “Roca” Zamora 112.2 vs. Judith Rodriguez 112.2
Venue: Gran Estadio, Delicias, Mexico
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Giovani Segura 115.4 vs. Felipe Salguero 114.8
Alejandro González 120.1 vs. Juan Alberto Rosas 120.1
Aaron Herrera 140.6 vs. Misael Castillo 141
Rogelio Jun Doliguez 127.2 vs. Francisco Pina 126.8
Jesús Ruiz 119 vs. José Carlos Vargas 119.9
Eduardo Báez 120.1 vs. Alejandro Solís 123.7
Leonardo Báez 118.2 vs. Javier Castro 120.4
Venue: Arena Tecate
TV: UniMas, TV Azteca
Unbeaten Irish super bantamweight Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (18-0, 13 KOs) Mexican former WBO 108lb and WBA 115lb world champion Hugo “El Increible” Cazares (40-8-2, 27 KOs) in a WBC final eliminator live from Belfast, Ireland’s Odyssey Arena. The heavily muscled Frampton pressured Cazares from the opening bell. A Frampton left hook to the head floored Cazares in round two. It was a crushing shot, but Cazares seemed OK to continue. He watched referee Victor Loughlin count to ten, then immediately stood up, apparently misunderstanding the count. Time was 1:38.
With the win, Frampton booked himself a bout with WBC kingpin Leo Santa Cruz.
Jürgen Brähmer 173.5 vs. Enzo Maccarinelli 173.7
(WBA light heavyweight title)
Kubrat Pulev 250.9 vs. Ivica Perkovic TBA
Tyron Zeuge 168 vs. Gheorghe Sabau 164.7
Jack Culcay 153.9 vs. Salim Larbi 153.4
Enrico Kölling 175.3 vs. Mirzet Bajrektarevic TBA
Liam Williams 154.5 vs. Yuri Pompilio 152.1
Dominik Britsch 159.8 vs. Soufiene Ouerghi 159.8
Lewis Rees 141 vs. Renaldo Garrido 142
Venue: The Stadthalle, in Rostock, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
By Ognian Georgiev
Unbeaten IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (19-0, 10 KO) and his opponents are serious candidates for world record in boxing. The Bulgarian will now fight Croatian journeyman Ivica Perkovic (20-23, 15 KOs). The 8-rounder is tomorrow in Rostock, Germany. The previous opponent Danny Hughes (12-3, 3 KOs) had problems with his documents and pulled out a few hours before the weigh-in. “There was mix up with the board saying my medical expired yesterday. It’s devastating news for me,” explained the British fighter on the reason for quitting. Before him, Joey Dawejko and Elijah McCall fell out due to different reasons.
“Perkovic was a last minute option,” said Kubrat Pulev on the revolving door of opponents. “My manager told me that less and less people wants to fight against me. Those who are ready to stand up have huge money requirements. I am patient and always look on the positive side. My preparation was very good. I was ready to fight some more serious opponent.”
Last year Perkovic knocked down former European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko before losing on points. The Croatian lost also by decision to giant Alexander Ustinov.
“I don’t underestimate anyone,” added “The Cobra.” “I will be on 100% just like against everyone before. Boxing is a sport that if you underrate someone for a moment, you are losing momentarily.”
Pulev is the mandatory IBF title challenger of Wladimir Klitschko. He must be the next opponent of the Ukrainian if Wlad beats Alex Leapai on April 26.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A boxing event billed as “The Challenge” featuring three WBA world title fights is expected to take place on May 10 at the Sports Gym Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela organized by local company Jupiter Fight Boxing. In the main event, Venezuelan champion Johan “El Terrible” Perez (18-1-1, 12 KOs) will defend his interim WBA super lightweight crown against the Dominican Fernando Monte de Oca (15-2-1, 12 KOs).
Also, in female world title fights, local boxer Mayerlin Rivas (8-3-1, 6 KOs) challenges for the WBA female featherweight belt against Argentinian champion Soledad Edith Matthysse (12-6-1, 1 KO), and former WBA champion Ogleidis “La Niña” Suárez (19-3-1, 8 KOs) fights for the WBA interim female super featherweight title against Colombian Calixta Silgado (11-3-2, 8 KOs).
Tyson Fury could beat Dereck Chisora right now according to his trainer and uncle Peter even though the fight is still 16 weeks away. The bitter rivals collide in the biggest domestic heavyweight rematch in recent years at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester on Saturday 26th July, with the winner getting a shot at WBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and the European and Vacant British titles are also on the line.
But Peter insists he’d have no problem letting Tyson loose on Chisora right now.
“I’m so impressed with the way Tyson is looking right now, I’ve never seen him looking so dedicated, focused and determined for a fight. He’s in unbelievable shape, his mind is razor shape and he’s ready to fight,” said Fury. “I’d certainly let Tyson in the ring with Chisora right now, it would be like putting a lion and a gazelle in a cage together, it would be a massacre.” (more…)
In an important IBF bantamweight eliminator, unbeaten Randy “El Matador” Caballero (21-0, 13 KOs) just scored an eighth round KO against Kohei Oba (35-3-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Central Gym in Kobe, Japan. Caballero came out aggressively and dominated the fight. He is now mandatory IBF challenger for reigning champion Stuey Hall.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodriguez
The final press conference for the event billed as “War of Nations,” headlined by Mexican Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio against Italian Domenico Spada for the WBC interim middleweight title, was held Thursday at the Desert Museum of Delicias, Chihuahua.
Domenico Spada: I didn’t come to Mexico to be a tourist, I’m coming for the championship and I should knock out Rubio in the early rounds to win the fight.
Marco Antonio Rubio: The preparation and promotion of the fight has ended. I just hope step into the ring and win. I prepared intensely for three months in California away from my family. We are prepared for a war in the ring.
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Over $3000 was raised Wednesday at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and members of the community at a benefit supporting injured Coachella boxer Angel Osuna.
The money raised came from door entry and raffle prizes, including an autographed boxing glove from Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton. (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
Unbeaten IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (19-0, 10 KO) will have another new opponent for tomorrow’s fight night in Rostock, Germany. 28-year-old British boxer Danny Hughes (12-3, 3 KO) will now step up for an eight-rounder. Pulev was told he was facing Joey Dawejko, but Dawejko signed for a different fight on Thursday. Earlier Elijah McCall didn’t agree to the final terms with Pulev’s promoter Sauerland Events and decided to pass the opportunity.
Hughes is on a good run with five wins in a row, but his opposition has been pretty weak. He was defeated twice on points by veterans Michael Sprott and Audley Harrison in “Prizefighter” heavyweight tournaments.
“This situation is like a circus,” said Pulev, who is examining a new opponent every day. “It reminds me to my amateur days, when I fought in the national championships. During this time no one dared to step in against me in Bulgaria. I was becoming a champion with walkover wins and without stepping in the ring. It’s strange because every time we announce the opponent, right away some other promoter steps up and offers more money. I hope that finally everything will be OK and we’ll see Danny Hughes at the weigh-in.”
Pulev is the mandatory IBF title challenger of Wladimir Klitschko. He must be the next opponent of Ukrainan if Wlad beats Alex Leapai on 26 April. The Rostock weigh-in is scheduled for 4PM local time.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated two-division world champion and current WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) is in the final phases of his training camp as he gets set for his rematch against eight-division world champion Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs). Bradley will take on Pacquiao next Saturday, April 12, live on HBO Pay-Per-View at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. We caught up with Desert Storm at his media day workout at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, California.
“Preparation has been tremendous this training camp. It has been hell. Joel has not been easy with me. He’s been cutthroat, ‘you do what I say.’ We have been training real hard,” Bradley told Fightnews.com. (more…)
Super bantamweight Carl Frampton is in buoyant mood ahead of his world title eliminator tonight that could set up a blockbuster showdown with Mexican superstar Leo Santa Cruz. The Belfast bulldog must first, however, get through the impending challenge of another hardened Mexican in Hugo Cazares when he faces the wily veteran at a sold out Odyssey Arena in Belfast for a shot at Santa Cruz’s WBC crown. The 36-year-old Cazares, represents the final hurdle before the world title chance he has dreamed of his whole life, but he’s not expecting it to be plain sailing.
“I think it’s going to be a tough fight,” Frampton told BoxNation. “He’s easily the most experienced guy I’ve ever fought. I think that it could be tricky for a while. He likes to switch hit. He likes to throw wide shots, which could be dangerous. People say it’s the ones you don’t see that knock you out,” he said. “I’ll need to be careful, that’s for sure, but I’m ready to fight at a very, very high pace for 12 rounds. This guy is tough – he really is tough. He hasn’t been stopped since 1999 I read somewhere. So, I’m hoping to look impressive, get the win first and foremost, but I want to get rid of this guy and I honestly think that I will,” he said. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
While taking their share of criticism of late, WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and promoter Yvon Michel (GYM) have yet to close the door on a possible mega-fight with the Haitian born slugger and undefeated Sergey Kovalev. Nobody knows what gestation period on such a fight might be, but Stevenson has expressed an interest in the two clashing later this year or next.
Stevenson set his agenda yesterday tweeting “Objective for 2014-2015: Fonfara, Hopkins and Kovalev.”
Michel confirmed the interest Russian hit machine and a possible clash, telling Fightnews Stevenson’s intent to meet the fighter, “Kovalev is on his hit list and he was in my office yesterday talking about it.” (more…)
Last week’s “Boxeo Telemundo” main event saw a big upset with Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico knocking out Marvin Mabait of the Philippines. Tonight at the same venue, former world title challenger Julien “Chicano” Rivera (13-8-1, 2 KOs) will look to derail Joebert “Litttle Pacman” Alvarez (13-0-1, 6 KOs) of General Santos City, Philippines. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and the vacant WBC Continental Americas flyweight title. Site of the fightcard will be the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, Mexico. Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones are presenting the event.
The Mexico City native Rivera got his chance at a world title in 2012 dropping a hard fought decision to world champion Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina in Argentina. A win over the unbeaten Alvarez, combined with picking up the WBC Continental Americas flyweight belt can get Rivera right back into the world rankings. Fightnews spoke with Rivera during fight week. (more…)
Ricky Hatton is backing Carl Frampton to knock out Hugo Cazares this weekend. More
Boxing writer for Newsday, Marcus Henry, passed away at the young age of 41 on Tuesday. More
Ulster County has declared a “Tracy Harris Patterson” day to honor the fighter. More
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton thinks Manny Pacquiao can lead his nation as president. More
Antoine Douglas 160.2 vs. Luca Messi 160.4
Jerry Odom 168 vs. Douglas Otieno Okola 171
Wanzell Ellison 127.8 vs. Iain Weaver 129.8
Tyrell Wright 221.6 vs. Dan Bolden 199
Patrick Farrell 199 vs. James Guy 191.5
Angel Concepcion 178.5 vs. Raymere Palmer 173.7
Mikey Faragon 137.8 vs. Anthony Flores 139.8
Rickey Edwards 139.3 vs. Carlos Nieves 142
Patrick O’Connor 232.5 vs. Aaron Bratton 254
Bienvenido Diaz 133 vs. Frank Jordan 139.2
VENUE: Parsippany PAL
Promoters: GH3 Promotions & Greg Cohen Promotions
1st Bell: 7 PM
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“We wanted to fight Adonis Stevenson from the beginning. You want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Simple boxing philosophy,” said Sam Colonna, trainer of WBC light heavyweight title challenger Andrzej Fonfara in a Fightnews.com interview. Fonfara is starting sparring sessions in Chicago, then moving his camp to Big Bear. The WBC title bout between champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) and Andrzej Fonfara (23-2, 15 KOs) will take place on May 24 in Montreal, televised live by Showtime.
Photos: Sergio Machado / Deportes Telemundo
Jobert “Little PacMan” Alvarez 110 vs. Julian “Chicano” Rivera 112
(WBC Continental Americas flyweight title)
Salvador “Pelon” Juarez 113 vs. Efren Bautista 111
Carlos “La Flaca” Barraza 115 vs. Francisco “Paco” Vara 115
David “Pantera” Galindo 122 vs. Carlos Salazar 125
Sergio Fabian 132 vs. Miguel “Iron Chuc Oyervides 132
Mario “Negro” Lopez 126 vs. Julio Cesar Juarez 126
First fight: 7:00 PM
Venue: Foro Polanco Mexico DF, Mexico
Tickets: ticketmaster.com.mx or at the door
Promoters: Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas & RB Producciones
TV: Telemundo Network 11:35 PM photos
Unbeaten WBA #2 heavyweight Luis Ortiz (21-0, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round KO against 42-year-old veteran Monte Barrett (35-11-2, 20 KOs) on Thursday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Ortiz was pretty much in command and a left hand to the nose ended Barrett’s night. The bout headlined “Night Of The Heavyweights” presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
In the co-feature, unbeaten heavyweight and former USC football player Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (12-0, 9 KOs) scored a second round KO against 6’8 Skipp “Strictly Business” Scott (16-2, 10 KOs). Washington dropped Scott with a right hand and followed up with a shot to the body while Scott was on one knee. Time was 1:40. The Scott corner complained that a foul should have been called but referee Lou Moret would have none of it.
Hot heavyweight prospect and 2012 Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (10-0, 9 KOs) went the distance for the first time in his career, taking an eight round unanimous decision against veteran Nagy Aguilera (19-8, 13 KOs). Breazeale won by lopsided scores of 80-72, 79-73, 79-73. The game Aguilera took a lot of punishment, but battled hard the entire way.
In a special non-heavyweight attraction, junior featherweight Diego De La Hoya (4-0, 3 KOs) scored a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Jaxel Marrero (1-2-1). Diego, a nephew of boxing icon Oscar de la Hoya, dropped Marrero in the first 15 seconds, then stalked him around the ring the rest of the way. Scores were 60-53 on all cards.
By Felipe Leon
Kenia Enriquez 107.5 vs Jolene Blackshear 107
(Vacant NABF Light Flyweight Title)
David Barragan 153 vs Eddie Cordova 154
Amaris Quintana 108 vs Susan Reno 108
Adrian Vargas 145 vs Luis Cervantes 142
Mario Angeles 146 vs Jarrod Tennant 151
When: Friday, April 4th, 6:30pm
Where: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, San Diego, CA
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents
By Ron Jackson
Boet de Bruyn the younger brother of Gerrie who passed away last month has died in Primrose, Germiston on Wednesday at the age of 70. He had been suffering Alzheimer’s for some time. Born Hendrik Jacobus de Bruyn in Primrose, Germiston on January 17 1944 he joined the professional ranks after a short amateur career on June 13 1964 and scored a four rounds points victory over Tickey Azor.
Fighting as a middleweight he was never more than a journeyman fighter and went in against six South African champions but on the losing end every time except for a six round draw against middleweight champion Chris van Rooyen in June 1965. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley flexes during a tremendous turnout of press during media day Thursday at Fortune Gym for his eagerly-anticipated rematch against superstar Manny Pacquiao.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Amir Mansour 222.5 vs. Steve Cunningham 206
Curtis Stevens 162.8 vs. Tureano Johnson 162.2
Roberto Jose Acevedo 170 vs. Lee Campbell 168.4
Edner Cherry 144.1 vs. Robert Osiobe 144.3
Mike Lee 179.3 vs. Peter Lewison 181.1
Sullivan Barrera 176 vs. Larry Pryor 175.5
Edgardo Torres 137.3 vs. Evincii Dixon 141
Venue: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA
Promoter: Main Events
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Former world title challenger Lenny Zappavigna (31-2, 21 KOs) stopped Japanese Shuhei Tsuchuya (15-3, 12 KOs) in round ten of scheduled twelve round WBO Oriental light welterweight title bout at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Thursday. Zappavigna controlled the action in most of the rounds connecting with accurate punches. The Japanese suffered a cut over right eye in round three due to a head clash.Zappa dropped his opponent in round four compliments of a left hook. The Australian suffered a cut under left cheekbone in round six from a punch. Referee Dave Hedgecock crowned Zappa at 1.21 after he dropped the Japanese boxer with a power left hook and he was in no condition to continue.
Australian based Filipino light middleweight Czar Amonsot (26-3-3, 15 KOs) stopped Sapapetch Sor Sakorat (30-15, 20 KOs) in round four of scheduled six round contest. Referee Tony Marretta crowned Amonsot in round four to save the Thai from further punishment Sakorat had boxed in Australia several times losing to Samuel Colomban, Ranee Ganoy, Chad Bennett, Tim Hunt and Tony Bates. (more…)
Gary Shaw Productions has just signed undefeated Super Middleweight contender Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KOs) to a promotional agreement. In his last fight, Gonzales, who hails from Sacramento, Ca, defeated previously unbeaten contender Jonathan Nelson (18-1, 8 KOs) back on November 11, 2013. Gonzales, who is the IBF #3 ranked contender, had a successful 2013, going 3-0, winning two by unanimous decision, and one by split decision. He feels Shaw can get him the big fights he’s been seeking. (more…)
IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins and WBA light heavyweight world champion Beibut Shumenov hosted an international media conference call in advance of their world championship unification bout taking place on April 19 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.
Beibut Shumenov: I know I’m fighting a legend with Bernard Hopkins. My training camp is going great and I’m ready to do it…I cannot discuss what I know and have learned about Bernard Hopkins. I’m in the final stage of my preparation and you’ll see it April 19th.
Bernard Hopkins: Shumenov has the pedigree. His record is a darkhorse. I’m not overlooking him at all…you can’t look at the record and think he’s inexperienced. I won’t get sidetracked like that…what better place to make history than at the Capitol?
IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins has announced that he and Golden Boy Promotions have made a significant donation to fund the completion of the previously announced Joe Frazier statue that will stand nine feet tall outside of Xfinity Live in Philadelphia’s sports stadium complex (corner of Patterson and 11th Street). Hopkins, a friend of the Frazier family and a Philadelphia boxing legend in his own right, is set to once again showcase his fighting roots when he steps into the ring on Saturday, April 19 against WBA and IBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. live on Showtime.
“Seeing this statue built has meant a great deal to me for a very long time,” said Hopkins. “I have always felt strongly that Smokin’ Joe has a rightful place in Philadelphia history and that should be honored. We have a ‘Rocky’ statue and Rocky isn’t even real. Joe Frazier embodies the Philadelphia fighting spirit and I am so happy to be able to pay homage to him in this way.” (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Photo: Herby Whyne
When super-bantamweights Tyson Cave (23-2 8KO) and Sebastien Gauthier (22-4-1 14KO) clash and headline the annual Shaw Festival in Toronto next Tuesday at The Royal York Hotel, it will be finally a chance for the pair to set the record straight. Both have been pros for over eight years but have a rivalry that dates back much further than that. “We’re going to settle the score,” Gauthier told Fightnews regarding his former amateur foe when reached at his training facility in suburban Quebec City.
“It was always talk and talk but I finally received an offer after my last fight, I think it is a fight that people wanted to see. I know it’s going to be a great night and people are going to be satisfied with what they’re going to get.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
IBF #1 middleweight Sam “King” Soliman (43-11, 18 KOs) will challenge world champion Felix” The Fighter” Sturm (39-3-2, 18 KOs) for the IBF middleweight title at the Konig Palast, Krefeld, Germany on May 31. Sam spoke to Fightnews.com and stated he’s confident of victory against Sturm and will enter the ring with a psychological edge over the German. “Sturm has trouble beating middleweights from ‘Down Under,’” says Soliman.
You are challenging Felix Sturm in Germany on May 31 for the IBF middleweight crown. Were you impressed with Sturm when he stopped Darren Barker to capture the IBF title?
Sturm had a huge advantage over Barker in my opinion. Barker had a grueling fight with Daniel Geale which I am sure would have taken a lot out of him. He was carrying injuries into the Sturm fight also. Had the fight been in England with an injury-free Barker, the result could have been different. (more…)
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