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According to Mexican media outlet Marco.com, boxer Rafael Guzman of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico was murdered last night in his native Guadalajara, Mexico. Guzman was shot 8 times by a passing vehichle that was occupied by two passengers. Guzman was in the backseat of his car at the time of the shooting. Reports are that Guzman attempted to escape after the initial shots but was unable to advance more than 100 meters. When police arrived on the scene Guzman had already passed away. No official word on the reasoning for the attack or who fired the shots and if they were caught. Guzman had a record of (28-3-1, 20 KOs) with his biggest fight coming earlier this year June 4th on HBO at the Staples Center against unbeaten highly world ranked featherweight Mikey Garcia. Guzman took that fight on very short notice for the opportunity. Fightnews sends its sincerest condolences to the Guzman family.
For over a decade, few have captured the imagination of fight fans quite like the pride of Hilo, Hawaii, BJ Penn. One of only two fighters in UFC history to win titles in two weight classes, he has built a loyal fanbase due not only to his fighting skill and willingness to take on anyone in a fight, but also his no holds barred approach to life, where he will always say what’s on his mind and then worry about the consequences later. Subsequently, he’s the most quotable MMA fighter this side of Chael Sonnen, and here’s just a taste of some of the things Penn has revealed over the years as we get ready for another round of “The Prodigy” in the lead up to his UFC 137 bout against Nick Diaz on October 29th . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world rated heavyweight Alex Leapai (23-3-3, 18 KOs) will be in action on Friday at the Broncos Leagues Club, Red Hill, Queensland, Australia when he will clash with giant Russian Evgeny Orlov (13-9-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled ten round contest. Orlov, 6’9″ arrived on Monday and is confident he will defeat the hard punching Samoan born Australian Alex Leapai. “Orlov has come to Australia to win but we are confident Alex will be victorious,” said promoter Noel Thornberry. “Orlov has extended several world class heavyweights including Kubrat Pulev losing by DQ in seven rounds and took the classy Italian Francesca Pianeta the distance. Alex is highly regarded by Boxrec who have rated him above several heavyweights who are rated in the WBC, WBA and IBF.” Leapai holds wins over American heavyweights Owen Beck, Travis Walker and Darnell Wilson. In his most recent contest he stopped former WBC heavyweight challenger Peter OkHello in three rounds.
By Mary Ann Owen
Former world champion and Floyd Mayweather trainer Roger Mayweather talks about Mayweather haters.
Photo: MP Promotions
World Champion Manny Pacquiao (center) with two of his fighters former world champion Rodel Mayol (left) and Bernabe Concepcion who will in action on Thursday, Oct 27 in the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, California in a card presented by MP Promotions and Top Rank. Pacquiao will be at ringside to support his fighters who are training with him at the world famous Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Premium Boxing Promotion
Panama-based Haitian lightweight Evens” The Sun City Kid” Pierre was expected to be sorely tested by former contender Joel Cerrud on Saturday in the main event of a show held at the Nunez de Balboa Convention Center in Panama City. In fact, however, Pierre dominated Cerrud from the opening bell, knocking down his opponent in the third round and battering him around the ring, causing the referee to call off the action in the 5th round. With this victory, the lanky Haitian puncher raised his record to 19-1 with 15 KOs while the once promising Cerrud fell to 20-8-2 (12 KOs). (more…)
Undefeated NABO middleweight champion Patrick Majewski is ready to take his next step towards a world title on November 5, when he faces hard-hitting Dionisio Miranda at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with the vacant NABF middleweight title at stake.
Majewski, 17-0 (11 KO) of Atlantic City, N.J. by way of Radom, Poland will join his Polish compatriots Mariusz Wach, Artur Szpilka and Kamil Laszczyk as part of “November Reign,” the highly-anticipated boxing event promoted by Global Boxing Promotions and Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
“I’m in the big leagues now” exclaimed World Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire after a visit to the famed ‘Mecca of Boxing’ Madison Square Garden in New York City Monday night. Donaire, who is making his New York debut, spoke about the ‘New York city lights’, ‘the millions of people in the Big Apple’ and ‘the excitement he feels’ about his upcoming battle against undefeated Omar Narvaez of Argentina, Saturday, October 22 in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, Donaire vs Narvaez will be televised by HBO Boxing After Dark. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (42-4, 25 KOs) will clash with Rigoberto Alvarez (27-3, 20 KOs) for the WBA interim light middleweight title on Wednesday in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Alvarez resides in Juanactian, Jalisco, Mexico and captured the WBA interim title in 2010 with a split points decision over Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida but lost to Austin Trout in 2011 for the WBA title via a clear decision over twelve rounds. Rigoberto is the brother of highly regarded Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Mundine was KO’d in five rounds by Garth Wood in 2010 but won a controversial decision over ten rounds in a rematch against Wood in 2011. Mundine also holds a controversial decision over current IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale in 2009. Barry Wood who manages son Garth said, “We have tried to get Mundine back in the ring in a rubber match but he is not interested in another fight with Garth. I am confident Garth would KO Mundine again.”
Witness all the drama surrounding WBA Super Middleweight champion Andre Ward and his sparring injury that forced the postponement of the Super Six World Boxing Classic Final. This exclusive FIGHT CAMP 360° Bonus Feature which captures Ward in his gym in Oakland and joins the champ on his urgent trip to Los Angeles to meet world-renowned surgeon Dr. Paul Wallace and learn the extent of his injury.
By Graham Houston
What on earth was all the fuss about on HBO PPV Saturday night after the Chad Dawson-Bernard Hopkins fiasco, with Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman seemingly hinting at skulduggery on the part of the California commission? It was unfortunate that Hopkins hurt his shoulder and that Dawson became light-heavyweight champion on a tainted victory, but these things happen in the sometimes rough-and-tumble world of professional boxing. The referee’s ruling — Dawson winner by TKO — was, I believe, the correct one.
There is always going to be controversy over this sort of ending, but it’s not as if something like it has never happened before. (more…)
By John Cannon
Even though Weslaco native and Golden Boy prospect Omar Figueroa will not be able to fight this Friday due to an injury, Golden Boy Promotions was able to find a reputable replacement within a day and it just happens to be another prospect within their stable. Fidel Maldonado (11-0, 10 KOs) of New Mexico will now face Puerto Rico’s Erick Cruz (13-7, 12 KOs) in the 8-round main event for Cruz’s WBC Youth Lightweight title this Friday on Solo Boxeo Tecate at the Pharr Events Center sponsored by Golden Boy Promotions and Cavazos Boxing.
Anthony Cavazos, president of Cavazos Boxing, said that Maldonado is a very formidable replacement for Figueroa and feels the fight against Cruz will be a very exciting one. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Luis Blanco/Fightwireimages.com
On November 5 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, Global Boxing and Jimmy Burchfield/CES present undefeated Polish heavyweight and WBC #9 ranked Mariusz Wach (25-0, 13 KOs) in the toughest – at least on paper – test in his career against 46-year-old Oliver “Atomic Bull” McCall (56-11, 37 KOs). McCall, speaking to Fightnews from his Florida training camp, admits his best days are behind him, but says this is exactly what makes him more dangerous. “I have no more chances, no more time for do-overs, for restarting my career,” stated McCall. “Defeating an undefeated top ten fighter gives me instant credibility. Knocking him out gives me even more and this is exactly what I want to do. Wach should seriously fear me!” (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions has filed a protest with the WBC over the ruling of technical knockout after GBP fighter Bernard Hopkins was unable to continue in the fight last Saturday due to an injury he sustained after being pushed down by Chad Dawson. The WBC is reviewing the video of the WBC light heavyweight world title bout, which was held in Los Angeles, California, and is communicating with the WBC Board of Governors to render a decision that is strictly in accordance with the regulations.
“A boxing commission can make independent decisions regarding results, but the World Boxing Council, exclusive and worldwide registered owner of its trademark WBC, must take charge of the world title results that only correspond to the organization,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman. “We think that by the end of this week, we will have the result of the world voting regarding this matter.”
It’s not difficult to root for a guy like world-ranked super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs), of Worchester, Mass., who faces fellow unbeaten Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8 KOs) of Ozone Park, N.Y., in the 10-round main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Oct. 21, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Rodriguez has been virtually unbeatable since lacing on the gloves at 16. He went 84-9 in the amateurs and was a two-time national champion. Since turning pro on Jan. 26, 2008, he has steadily ascended through the ranks and remains a strong possibility to one day become a 168-pound world champion.
What makes Rodriguez’ accomplishments inside the ring so extraordinary and inspiring, however, is that he’s managed to achieve success while dealing with a complex home situation with young children who have special needs. He and wife Stephanie’s fraternal twins, Edwin Jr. and Serena Lynn, were born prematurely, at 23 weeks. Chances of survival were bleak, yet both miraculously turned four years old on Sept. 29. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout (23-0, 13 KOs) will make the second defense of his title against the Australian Frank Loporto (15-4, 7 KOs) at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas on November 11. Trout, who was born in El Paso and raised in Las Cruces, NM, first defended his belt against David “The Destroyer” Lopez by unanimous decision in San Luis Potosi last June. It will be the first world title shot for LoPorto.
The title of the boxing promotion from Saturday night between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson was “Believe It or Not.”
Seems like a creative idea, as there were fight fans who believed Hopkins would successfully defend his world title belt three months shy of his 47th birthday.
And there were people who believed that Dawson was going to have a career-defining fight against Hopkins, and become a three-time world title holder with a victory over the future Hall of Famer . . Click here for more
By Bill Green
Photos by Rick Marez
In his second pro boxing match, former MMA star Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (2-0, 2 KOs) made quick work of Tay Bledsoe (2-4, 2 KOs) in a heavyweight match on Saturday night at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. A big shot laid out Bledsoe for several minutes at 1:52 of round one. Click here for full report
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: “Big” Joe Miranda
New WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson met the press at the Chick Hearn Media room at Staples Center shortly after his victory over Bernard Hopkins on Saturday night. Dawson’s promoter Gary Shaw took the podium first and echoed the comments Dawson had to say right after the fight. “I will tell you all what Chad told Bernard, ‘Hopkins you’re a pussy. Hopkins was saying he was a gangster you are not a gangster Hopkins. You know why? Because a gangster would get up and fight.’
Shaw continued, “Chad is really a great kid and soft spoken. I knew he would never come up and talk that way so I wanted you to know exactly what happened.” With all that said, Shaw introduced Dawson.
“I want to thank Bernard Hopkins for making it an easy night for me,” Dawson told the media. We put in a lot of work for this fight. We trained for eight weeks and this goes to show why Bernard was ducking me all these years.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
On Saturday the kick-off press conference for the rematch, between bantamweights Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) and Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (28-3-0, 22 KOs) took place at the ESPN ZONE at LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. The rematch will take place December 3 live on SHOWTIME at the Honda Center, for Mares WBC and IBF bantamweight belts. Also on the SHOWTIME card will be a bantamweight showdown between Panama’s Anselmo Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KOs) vs. Australia’s Vic Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs), for Moreno’s WBA bantamweight title.
The press conference began as Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions made introductions and welcomed the media. “December 3 is going to be a great card and it’s going be a night you don’t want to miss. Agbeko is getting another chance. One guy wants to set the record straight and the other guy is going to shut everyone up and that’s Abner Mares.” For more details and photos click here…
The contestants of the upcoming getgoods.de-Fight Night have completed the sparring phase this week. “We have never completed so many rounds,” said female world champion Christina Hammer about the tough training period prior to her title defense. On Friday she will defend her WBO and the WBF world title against the American Living Vashon at the Brandenburg-Halle in Frankfurt/Oder. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Newly crowned WBC light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson made the call for Jean Pascal after his controversial victory versus Bernard Hopkins Saturday night in Los Angeles, and the Montreal fighter is more than ready to take the challenge according to his trainer Marc Ramsay.
“I really hope that’s going to be the next fight,” Ramsay told Fightnews, “Right now we’re going to have to see how the WBC is going to rule on things that went on last night. There’s also the chance of a rematch (between Dawson and Hopkins) but if we can fight him right away, that’s perfect. That’s exactly what Jean wants. If it doesn’t work out to be right away, we’ll take another bout and be ready for the winner if there happens to be a rematch. But we’re ready now.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
IBF #6 middleweight Sam Soliman (39-11, 17 KOs) will clash with IBF #14 Eromosele Albert (24-5-1, 12 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF box-off to find the mandatory challenger for IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale. The management of Albert and the manager of Soliman have reached an agreement to clash at The Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on November 18. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The scheduled headline bout between welterweight prospect Antonin Decarie (25-1 7KO) and former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo set for the Bell Centre in Montreal has been cancelled due to a training injury to Decarie. Undefeated super-lightweight Dierry Jean (19-0 13KO) will move up to the main-event as he challenges veteran Francisco Lorenzo (37-10 17KO).
Decarie injured his right shoulder during training although trainer Marc Ramsay could not pinpoint the exact incident where the mishap took place. “It was last week and he was feeling a pain in his chest,” Ramsay told Fightnews. “The day after, it was a lot worse and he saw a doctor and tried to rehab the situation but the last sparring that he did the injury was a lot worse. (more…)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Before 3,500 fans, last night at Cohen Stadium for Zeferino Entertainment’s initial “Battle at the Ballpark” series: In the main event, Jennifer Han (5-1-1, 1 KO) of El paso pummeled DJ Morrison (2-11, 2 KOs) of Billings, Mont., earning her first KO while Morrison suffered her fifth straight loss. Other results: Joe Sullivan (4-3, 4 KOs) stopped debuter Patrick Dixon (0-1) in round three (2:32); debuter Josea Garcia (0-1) decisioned unwon Michael Coca-Gallegos (0-10) with scores of 40-36, 39-39 and 38-38; Jo Jo Galarza (3-1, 1 KO) won a a unanimous decision over Raul Carillo (1-3, 1 KO), scores of 39-36 x 3; Joel Garcia (4-0, 1 KO) won a unanimous decision over Reymundo Torres of Laredo, Texas, scores of 40-35 x 3; debuting heavyweight Eric Reza (1-0) won by decision over MMA fighter Derrill Schoonover (0-1) with scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37. Full report and photos to come.
What do you think the correct ruling should have been in Saturday night's Dawson-Hopkins fight?
- No Contest (72%)
- Dawson wins by TKO (18%)
- Hopkins wins by DQ (10%)
By Joe Koizumi
It may be a good way to decide the mandatory challenger against our national champ that willing participants duly rated by our commission (Japan Boxing Commision; JBC) fight in annual tournaments of eliminators in pursuit of the right to have a compulsory crack at the Japanese championship. The results of the finals in the tournaments are as follows:
140 lbs: JBC#3 southpaw hard-puncher Shinya Iwabuchi (17-3, 14 KOs), 140, a muscular youngster, needed just 97 seconds of the opening session to halt #4 Koichi Aso (13-3-1, 8 KOs), 140, with a single solid left in a scheduled eight. Iwabuchi will be entitled to have a mandatory shot next spring against Yuji Wauke who wrested the national super-light belt from Shinya Nagase on the previous night.
130 lbs: Fast-punching JBC#2 Daiki Kaneko (14-2-3, 7 KOs), 130, stunned the crowd with his quick demolition of ex-top contender Hiroyasu Matsuzaki (20-6-1, 10 KOs), 130, at 1:54 of the second round. Kaneko will face national titlist Seiichi Okada next year.
122 lbs: JBC#4 Yasutaka Ishimoto (19-5, 3 KOs), 122, displayed slick-punching from the fourth on and earned an important unanimous verdict (77-75, 78-74 and 79-73) over Yu Enya (22-3-2, 10 KOs), 122, over eight. The upset victor’s target will be world-rated champ Masaaki Serie.
115 lbs: In an encounter of southpaws Teiru Kinoshita (13-0-1, 3 KOs), 115, fought to a technical draw with formerly world-rated Go Onaga (17-1-2, 12 KOs), 115, because of the latter being badly bloodied at the right side of the head at 1:06 of the fourth round in a scheduled eight. Kinoshita was voted by judges to proceed and acquire the right to challenge national ruler Yota Sato next spring, although the result itself should be registered as TD4 by the JBC.
108 lbs: Quick-punching top contender Ryoichi Taguchi (16-1, 7 KOs), 108, was awarded a TKO win over ex-amateur national champ Yu Kimura (9-2-1, 1 KO), 108, due to Kimura’s bad laceration at 0:23 of the sixth session.
Promoter: JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association; JPBA).
Story and photo by Gilda Aburto
Undefeated Costa Rican boxer Bryan “Tiquito” (Little Tico) Vasquez (24) fights Nicaraguan “El Toro” (The Bull) Benavides (29) for the WBA interim super featherweight championship in a match held in San Jose, Costa Rica, on November 3rd. In the main event, Bryan Vasquez, (27–0, 14 KO) Fedelatin champion, faces the toughest match of his career, against southpaw Fedecentro champion, Santos Benavides (23-2-2, 17 KO). (more…)
Photos: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
IBF and WBC Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares and former two-time IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko were the principals at a widely attended press conference Saturday to officially announce their highly anticipated rematch set for Saturday, Dec. 3, at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., which will be televised LIVE on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
In the co-featured bout, WBA Bantamweight Super Champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno will defend his title against former two-division world champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan. The doubleheader is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Don King Productions and Gary Shaw Productions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. The doubleheader will be televised live on SHOWTIME® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Here’s what those involved had to say on Saturday:
Photos: Ed Keenan/Top Rank
Bantamweight world champion Nonito Donaire takes water break (from wife Rachel) in between rounds at Brooklyn’s legendary Gleason’s Gym on Saturday. Nonito worked out prior to next Saturday’s world title clash against unbeaten two-division champ Omar Narvaez at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. (more…)
Bernard Hopkins has been released from the California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles after being x-rayed and examined by Dr. Sam Thurber, MD who diagnosed Hopkins with a separation of the acromioclavicular (A-C) joint which connects the collar bone and shoulder blade.
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs) lost his title against Chad Dawson (31-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. The bout ended in round two when the 29-year-old Dawson hurled the 46-year-old boxing legend Hopkins to the deck and Hopkins injured a shoulder. Referee Pat Russell ruled there was no foul, therefore the California Commission ruled it a TKO win for Dawson. After the fight Dawson said Hopkins was faking the injury and he wants to finish his business with Jean Pascal, no rematch for Hopkins. more photos
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In a rematch, WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (29-1-0, 25 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Francisco “Panchito” Arce (31-8-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Ruiz floored Arce hard in the third and after more abuse at the beginning of the fourth, Arce’s corner rushed in the ring to save the reeling Arce from more punishment. Time was :24. Ruiz previously defeated Arce by unanimous decision in a wild fight in May.
In a clash for the vacant WBO super flyweight championship, Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas (12-0-1, 9 KOs) and Jose “Matador” Cabrera (20-2-1, 8 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw. Scores were 112-116, 117-111 and 114-114. (more…)
Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Mariana “La Barbie” Juarez successfully retained her WBC world flyweight title by technical knockout in four rounds against Uruguayan Gabriela Bouvier in the main event at Calpulalpan, Tlaxcala, Mexico. The Mexican star defended her belt with powerful right hand uppercuts, which exploded in the face of Bouvier. In the third round, the Uruguayan and South American champion already had a swollen left eye. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
In one of the more-dramatic turn of events in a fight, Antonio DeMarco stopped Jorge Linares in the 11th round to win the vacant WBC lightweight title. Linares dominated the first five rounds of the fight, utilizing his speed and accuracy. DeMarco (26-2-1, 19 KO’s) hung in there, rallying in the sixth round to open a cut on the bridge of the nose of Linares. A cut later opened over the right eye of Linares (31-2, 20 KO’s), which began to affect his vision as he stood toe-to-toe with DeMarco. DeMarco rocked Linares in the 11th round, battering him across the ring until referee Raul Caiz, Sr. stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:32. Entering the 11th round, all three judges had Linares winning by scores of 98-92, 98-92, and 99-91. Fightnews.com had the bout scored 97-93 entering the 11th round.
In a bout between youth versus experience, junior welterweight Danny Garcia remained unbeaten with a 12 round split decision over Kendall Holt. The former world title holder Holt (27-5, 15 KO’s) started well early, but was hurt in the third by a right hand by Garcia. He was never the same as Garcia used his speed to beat Holt to the punch. Both had their moments in the second half of the fight, but Garcia landed the more telling blows. One judge inexplicably scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Holt, while the other two judges scored it 117-111 for Garcia. Fightnews.com scored the bout 115-113 in favor of Garcia. With the victory, Garcia earns the number one ranking by the WBC and the number two ranking by the IBF in the loaded 140-pound division.
Opening the “Believe It or Not” pay per view telecast, Paulie Malignaggi won a 10 round unanimous decision over Orlando Lora. Malignaggi was wobbled by a right hand to the head in the first round by Lora, but was mostly able to outbox the Mexican fighter the rest of the fight. Lora would land an occasional right hand as he pressed the action, but Malignaggi would two-three punches for every one that Lora landed. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Malignaggi by scores of 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92. Fightnews.com scored the bout 97-93 in favor of Malignaggi.
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