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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke SES Boxing held the final press conference on Monday for Saturday's clash between two-time world champion Robert ...

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Golovkin hits Times Square

Golovkin hits Times Square

First stop for world middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin on Monday afternoon when he arrived in New York City was to check ...

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Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank In his first ten-rounder, two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist and national icon Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KO) went the ...

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Rigondeaux annihilates Looknongyantoy

Rigondeaux annihilates Looknongyantoy

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated unified junior featherweight world champion Guillermo "El Chacal" Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a first round KO over ...

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Vidal KOs Kantun in Kissimmee

Vidal KOs Kantun in Kissimmee

Photos: Scott Foster Super flyweight Jonathan "Pitbull" Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Juan "El Loquito" Kantun (21-7-3, 15 ...

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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

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Golovkin hits Times Square

Golovkin hits Times Square

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Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Shiming defeats De La Rosa,

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Rigondeaux annihilates Looknongyantoy

Rigondeaux annihilates Looknongyantoy

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Vidal KOs Kantun in Kissimmee

Vidal KOs Kantun in Kissimmee

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Boxing News

Berman slams ‘injured’ Cleverly

Rodney Berman has reacted furiously to former world champion Nathan Cleverly’s abrupt withdrawal from his February 1 fight against Junior Makabu in an international 10-rounder on the Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza card. Berman was reacting to reports, corroborated by Frank Warren, that Cleverly had injured himself – for the second time – ahead of his cruiserweight debut against the big-hitting African.

“I knew he’d pull out,” fumed Berman. “He’s not a true champion, I always felt that. Whatever excuse Cleverly is making, I know he hasn’t been injured. He pulled out because he realised he had no chance against Makabu. Everyone said that when the fight was signed and it obviously dawned on him. I always suspected he was molly-coddled. Frank Warren clearly shot his bolt by doing the deal and now has to accommodate his fighter wanting out.”

Berman said he would secure a replacement for Makabu, who will be seeking his 16th win in 17 fights. The card is topped by WBO/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, who will defend his belts against Osumanu Adama. Also featured WBA interim middleweight champion Martin Murray defending that version of the WBA middleweight world title against third-ranked Jarrod Fletcher.



January 7th, 2014



UFC

Undefeated Olympians Collide as Champion Ronda Rousey Meets Sara McCann at UFC 170

In what could prove to be her toughest challenge yet, UFC® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (8-0, fighting out of Venice, Calif.) squares off against undefeated wrestling sensation Sara McMann (7-0, fighting out of Gaffney, SC) in a battle of Olympic medalists at UFC® 170 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Feb. 22. A bronze medal winner in Judo at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Rousey recently defeated her bitter rival Miesha Tate at UFC 168 to retain the women’s bantamweight belt and remain the divison’s only champion. Now she takes on McMann, who comes in as the most decorated wrestler in the weight class, having also earned Olympic silver at the 2004 games in Athens in free-style wrestling. (more…)



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Nathan Cleverly suffers another injury, out of Feb. 1st fight with Illunga Makubu

By James Slater

For a second time, Nathan Cleverly’s cruiserweight debut has had to be postponed due to injury on the part of the former WBO light-heavyweight champion. Cleverly, last seen being stopped inside four-rounds by powerhouse puncher Sergey Kovalev, has had to pull out of a planned February 1st fight against Illunga Makuba, which was to have taken place in Monte Carlo on the Gennady Golovkin-Osumanu Adama bout. (more…)



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury says the WBC froze him out

“I don’t want to say too much because I’ll be froze out completely, but the WBC have done a little sly trick,” said heavyweight Tyson Fury on espn.co.uk’s Buncey podcast Monday. “Don’t know if you’re already on to it, but there was three people eligible to fight for the vacant WBC title. One of them was me because I beat Kevin Johnson in a WBC eliminator. Another one was Bermane Stiverne because he beat Chris Arreola in an eliminator. And Chris Arreola won a semi-final eliminator against Seth Mitchell. But instead of letting me fight Bermaine Stiverne for the vacant WBC, they’ve only gone and put him against a man he’s already beaten. Bermaine Stiverne’s last fight was against Arreola, and he already beat him comfortable, so I don’t know what the crack is there that someone’s paying a lot of money to somebody. They’ve frozen me out there.”



January 7th, 2014

UFC

Cruz out; Barao-Faber II for Bantam Crown

The bad luck for Dominick Cruz continues, as it was announced by UFC President Dana White Monday that after being sidelined since late-2011 with a knee injury, Cruz has suffered a groin tear, forcing him out of his UFC 169 main event in New Jersey against interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao . . . More

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January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Ceylan to face Limone on February 1

In 2013 Dennis Ceylan (9-0, 5 KOs) established himself as one of Denmark’s most promising boxing talents. A busy year saw the former Olympian secure six victories including four knockout wins. Ceylan is now looking to carry this momentum into 2014 as he prepares to face Italian Featherweight Champion Daniele Limone (11-1, 4 KOs) at the Nordic Fight Night on February 1. This fight is the latest addition to the show at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. Ceylan joins fellow Danes Micki Nieslen and Kasper Bruun. WBA, WBO & WBC Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus and EU Light Heavyweight Champion Erik Skoglund will also be in action.



January 7th, 2014

Twitter Watch

Klitschko-Leapai Update



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Mojica begins receiving WBC pension

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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo and Info: Rosa Membreño

On Monday in Managua, Nicaragua former professional boxer and Nicaragua Hall of Famer Eduardo “El Raton” Mojica received a check for $2,500 from the World Boxing Council, which was delivered by WBC member Bismarck Morales. Mojica expressed his gratitude to the WBC for the pension that he will receive in the same amount every three months. The WBC is looking to meet its goal of helping former boxers and former champs in difficulty. Mojica trained Alexis Arguello and Rosendo Alvarez among others.



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Olympian Alex ‘El Pollo’ de Jesus returns in 2014

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Former 2004 Olympian Alex “El Pollo” de Jesus (20-1, 13 KOs), who was released from prison on December 21 after serving four years and two months for domestic violence in the correctional institution in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will resume his career in 2014 and plans to return by March, stating that his goal is to catch up and become world champion at 140 pounds. “I’ll be back with a new team and at 140 pounds,” stated the 30-year-old de Jesus. “I hope to do my first fight in March or earlier but we’ll discuss it with my managers. But I’m now adjusting to being in the free community. In there you feel different and I have to get used to everything again. But I’m still the same and come with a lot of enthusiasm!”



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

FNF Update: Usmanee out with ankle injury

Junior lightweight contender Arash Usmanee has pulled out of this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card citing an ankle injury. A new opponent is being sought for Usmanee’s scheduled foe Juan Antonio Rodriguez. Jr welterweight Zahir Raheem meets Bayan Jargal in the co-feature. There is also an interesting possibility that heavyweight Lateef Kayode, who is buried on the undercard, could be moved into a TV match. The card is taking place at the Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino in Tacoma, Washington.



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Evander Holyfield is back in the news, this time for making comments about homosexuals. More

Cleveland’s Shawn “Showtime” Porter is a star on the rise. More

Two former champs, Sonny Boy Jaro and Fiorante Condes, will headline a locals show in the Philippines this weekend, hoping to end losing streaks. More



January 7th, 2014

UFC

UFC Gym Opens in South Corona

UFC GYM® South Corona, located at 265 E. Ontario Ave., Corona, Calif., at the corner of Main St. and Ontario Ave., opens for workouts today. The 10,000 square foot club, open 24/7, provides the South Corona community the opportunity to TRAIN DIFFERENT® in a dynamic environment that incorporates mixed martial arts fundamentals in its workouts. To find out more about UFC GYM South Corona call (951) 547-0166, visit ufcgym.com/southcorona or stop by the gym for complimentary tours and demonstrations . . . More

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January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Report: Canelo Alvarez to face Alfredo Angulo

Former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be facing all action Alfredo “Perro” Angulo in his March 8 pay-per-view clash from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas according to respected Mexican publication ESTO. Canelo’s brother Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez will attempt to dethrone WBC interim lightweight beltholder Omar “Panterita” Figueroa in another bout.



January 6th, 2014

Boxing News

DeMarco headlines Saturday on Solo Boxeo

Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (29-3-1, 22 KOs) will face Jesus “Pantera” Gurrola (20-5-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tecate Tour Arena in Tijuana, BCN, Mexico. The ten round super lightweight clash has been picked up by UniMas’ “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series and will be televised nationwide at 11PM ET/11PM PT.



January 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Promoter Roy Englebrecht ready to make push into presenting big time events

January is the time for new beginnings and New Year’s resolutions, most of which are tossed to the wayside within weeks, if not days. But one of the fight game’s top promoters, Roy Englebrecht, is now looking to give an opportunity to an individual or company to not just talk about a new start and taking things to a new level, but to actually do something about it, as the Southern California boxing pioneer is going public with his desire to bring in a 50% or more partner.

“I’ve spent nearly 25 years as a fight promoter and I believe that I now have an entity in place and ready to take to the next level and join the ‘big guys.’ All I need is the right partner,” said Englebrecht. (more…)



January 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Teresa Tapia marries Johnny’s half brother

Teresa Tapia, wife and manager of ring legend Johnny Tapia, has remarried and her new husband is Jeffrey Padilla, Johnny’s half-brother, according to a report by the Albuquerque Journal. According to the Journal, Padilla was released from a New Mexico correctional facility in the summer of 2013 following a 2003 conviction on charges that included second-degree murder and drug trafficking. Teresa told the newspaper that the decision to remarry came from a mutual love for her late husband, concern for the children and a desire to keep Johnny Tapia’s legacy alive.



January 6th, 2014

Boxing News

USA Olympian Jose Ramirez presser

Photos: Ruben Cortez – Top Rank

USA Olympian Jose Ramirez holds a press conference at the Laredo Energy Center for his upcoming televised live fight on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate show, on UniMas, Saturday, Feb 1 from the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, Texas.

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January 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Oosthuizen pulled out of January 18 HBO appearance and dropped by promoter

Barely a handful of days into the new year, Tommy Oosthuizen’s career potentially lies in tatters. The IBO super-middleweight champion has been pulled off a major international bill in Canada on January 18 and has also been shown the door by Golden Gloves. In a dramatic start to 2014, a furious Rodney Berman confirmed that he had “washed his hands” of the rebellious fighter in the wake of an apparent bicycle crash that had left him injured. Worse still, Berman received word that Oosthuizen was six kilograms above the light-heavyweight limit and hadn’t a hope of being fit to face unbeaten Eleider Alvarez on an HBO bill in less than a fortnight.

Berman blew his gasket, saying that he wasn’t prepared to tolerate Oosthuizen’s habitual nonsense. Oosthuizen’s indiscipline had been a mounting concern for Golden Gloves, not least when he ran into weight troubles in 2013 and there were reports of bad behaviour. Berman read the fighter the riot act, but it appears not to have worked with Oosthuizen again in terrible shape ahead of a key international fight. (more…)



January 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Evander Holyfield takes heat for remarks he made on British reality show

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has been given a warning to not repeat comments he made on the British reality show “Celebrity Big Brother.” In the show, Holyfield is handcuffed to 26-year-old actress Luisa Zissman, and the pair got into a conversation about gay boxers.

Zissman: I think it’s really bad that no one stands up and says it in the sports industry.
Holyfield: “What would be good about it?
Zissman: I think it’s good to be open like that because it’s normal.
Holyfield: But that ain’t normal.

Holyfield later stated: The Bible lets you know there’s wrong, there’s right.
Zissman: That’s just the way some people are born.
Holyfield: No, it don’t make no difference. If you were born and your leg were turned this way, what do you do? You go to the doctor and get it fixed back right.

Holyfield was later given a televised dressing down by the producers for “unacceptable language and behavior,” but allowed to stay on the show with a warning “to consider very carefully the effect expressing such views may have and the harm and offense you may cause by repeating these views inside the house.”



January 6th, 2014

Feature Story

2013 Philly Boxing Year in Review

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By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photo: John DiSanto

For the second year in a row, the main storyline of the Philadelphia fight scene had to be found with the local fighters and not with actual bouts that took place within the City of Brotherly Love. The reason was because fights in this famous boxing city were few and far between in 2013. A measly total of just four fight cards took place in Philadelphia during the year. That’s down from last year’s seven shows, which at the time seemed pathetic. Who would have guessed we’d only get about half that many in 2013? However, many Philadelphia fighters flourished during the year, especially the City’s current top dogs, Danny Garcia and Bernard Hopkins.

In addition to these champions, a number of rising stars made their way to the next level of success, while still another group of veterans fought in high-profile bouts on the national scene. In general, it was a good year, but the lack of local action was depressing. Luckily, neighboring shows in Chester, Bethlehem, Valley Forge, Essington, and Atlantic City helped to pick up the slack. It also helped that the Philly fighters who did well in 2013, did so in a big way. (more…)



January 6th, 2014

UFC

Derek Brunson’s Simple and Exciting Philosophy

If the fight game is an educational realm where excellence comes with tenacity and experience provides the highest yields, Derek Brunson is on the advanced track . . . More

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January 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez sends message to Abner Mares

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Current WBC featherweight world champion sent an Instagram message over Twitter in Spanish to three-time world champion Abner Mares. They were scheduled to meet on February 15 in Los Angeles before Mares suffered a rib injury.

Abner, first of all I would like to wish you a speedy recovery. I also have already gone through the same situation and paid a very expensive price losing the world championship. I never doubted the injury because we are all exposed to these injuries, the only thing I want is for you to recover 100% so that people will see a great fight. I send you kind regards and wish you a speedy recovery!



January 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Paulie Ayala’s Punching Out Parkinson’s Biggest Fundraiser to Date

Hall of Famer Terry Norris and Dewey Bozella will be guest speakers

By Jeff Zimmerman

After a stellar career in the ring, former 2X World Champ Paulie Ayala is making his biggest impact outside with his Punching Out Parkinson’s boxing program. Ayala, who has been using boxing training techniques to improve the lives of patients for the last couple of years suffering from the dreaded disease, will host his biggest fundraiser to date on Saturday, January 25 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Joining Ayala at this knockout event will be former World Champion and Hall of Famer Terry Norris, who is a sufferer of Parkinson’s, and Dewey Bozella who was falsely imprisoned for 26 years and during that time became the light heavyweight champion of the prison. Upon his release he was given the opportunity to fight as a pro, something that was taken away from him upon his incarceration. (more…)



January 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Thai Promoter Naris Singwangcha Gives 4 Million Pesos to Filipino Boxers Affected by Typhoon

By Chito Yu Katangkatang

Thai Promoter and Philanthropist Naris Singwangcha, who has been helping Filipino boxers for almost a decade extends 4 million Philippine Pesos of financial aid to Filipino boxers affected by super typhoon Yolanda (haiyan). The Philippine Games and Amusement Board has identified boxers from Leyte, Samar and Cebu who will qualify to receive said financial aid. So far, 80 boxers have been listed.

Mr. Singwangcha himself will hand out the money to each boxer on January 11, 2014 during a boxing event in Angono, Rizal which will headline former WBC/Ring Magazine Flyweight Champion Sonny Boy Jaro. (more…)



January 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Michael Katsidis and Brendon Smith reunite

Former WBO Lightweight champion Michael Katsidis is looking to returning to the ring in March.



January 6th, 2014

Twitter Watch

Klitschko-Leapai Update



January 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Manny Pacquiao weighs Tim Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov as his next opponents. More

The Miami Herald lines up a list of up-and-coming boxers for 2014:  More

Filipinos Genesis Servania and Milan Milando will be training under Freddie Roach. More

Ricky Hatton is back in the news, after being found “completely wasted” in a bar. More



January 5th, 2014

UFC

TUF China Finale Set for March 1

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® makes a triumphant return to Greater China with UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACAO, starting at 6 pm on Saturday, March 1, 2014, headlined by an intriguing welterweight bout pitting South Korean MMA pioneer Dong Hyun Kim against England’s John Hathaway at the Cotai Arena, a 15,000-seat venue at The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel in Macao. The exciting MMA event is the latest UFC spectacular to come to Greater China as a result of a multi-year partnership with Sands China Ltd and Marina Bay Sands . . . More

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January 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Update on Leapai-Klitschko negotiations

By David Finger

Noel Thornberry (Alex Leapai’s manager), earlier today informed Fighnews.com on the status of the negotiations for the heavyweight championship fight between WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko and Leapai, the mandatory WBO challenger.

“We still haven’t finalized yet. We have agreed on most things but just trying to iron out a few creases at the moment. If there is an extension required, it will not be from our end as we are ready to go down whatever path necessary.”



January 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Jones-Lebedev II rematch update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA Championships Committee has reported having received a request for purse bidthe postponement of the purse bid for the rematch between Russian cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev and the Panamanian Guillermo “Felino” Jones, the world champion in recess. The Lebedev and Jones camps have indicated that they are working to reach an agreement. The new date of the purse bid will be Monday January 27 at 11AM at the offices of the World Boxing Association in Panama City.



January 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Heavyweight hope Anthony Joshua plans busy year – 8 to 10 fights in 2014

By James Slater

2012 Olympic gold medal winner and current red-hot heavyweight hope Anthony Joshua is planning on having a very busy 2014. The Brit who is currently 3-0(3) in the paid ranks told The Express how he also plans to “bring the smile back to British boxing.”

“When I competed in the Olympic I wasn’t half the fighter I am today and I’ve still got much further to go,” the 24-year-old said. “I want to fight eight to ten times this year and if I can level out my progression at a rapid rate towards the end of the year, I will get a better British ranking. I can be as good as I want to be, but I have to let my fists do the talking. I want to bring the smile back to British boxing and to heavyweight boxing.” (more…)



January 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Hassan N’Dam returns Feb 15 in Ireland

Promoter Gary Hyde has announced a ten-bout card for February 15 at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, headlined by former WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam against an opponent to be named after Irish rival Andy Lee turned down the bout. The card is billed as “Nowhere2Hyde.”



January 5th, 2014

Boxing News

West wins in Ogden, remains undefeated

Cruiserweight Jesse West, of Fruit Heights, Utah, is now 3-0 after scoring a four round decision over Mesquite, Nev.’s Elmer Rivera Saturday night in Ogden, Utah, at the Summit Hotel. Before a standing-room only crowd, West, a former Golden Gloves heavyweight champ, held off a constantly charging Rivera by finding enough opportunities to outbox his opponent and score solid punches. The decision was unanimous.

In a battle of Salt Lake City lightweights, Francisco Jelel Lopez scored a four-round unanimous decision over Lee Tibbitts. The bout was competitive, but the harder-punching Lopez had a consistent edge.

In a preliminary fight, junior lightweight Isaac Aguilar used an advantage in speed to take a four-round win over Suanito Hogue. Both boxers are from Salt Lake City.

The card included amateur bouts. Promoters Total Mayhem and All Heart Boxing Foundation plan future cards in February and May.



January 5th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC Mediterranean ratings

The chairman of the WBC Mediterranean championships, Mr Houcine Houichi, has just released the latest ratings.
Click here to view the ratings



January 5th, 2014

Boxing Result

Lopez tops Dragoncito, Canelo brother wins

#4 WBO/#5 WBC rated light flyweight Gangian “Maravilla” Lopez (24-5, 15 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over WBC #8 and former IBF minimumweight champion Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez (16-9-4, 11 KOs) in a bout for the WBC International title on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Río de Janeiro in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. “Dragoncito” pressed the action and seemed to give as good as he got, but it was Lopez sharpshooting from long range that impressed the judges. Scores were 118-110, 119-109, 120-109.

Jr middleweight Ramon “Innocente” Alvarez (17-4-2, 10 KOs) scored an easy second round TKO against overmatched and much smaller journeyman Gilberto Flores (23-14, 18 KOs). Alvarez is the brother of former world champions Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Rigoberto Alvarez, and jr welter Ricardo Alvarez.

Unbeaten featherweight Jorge “Pilon” Lara (25-0-1, 17 KOs) won a ten round majority decision against Jairo “Peligroso” Hernandez (10-5, 3 KOs). Hernandez came on strong over the second half of the fight but came up short. Scores were 95-95, 97-96, 96-94.

Unbeaten super bantamweight Horatio Garcia (24-0, 16 KOs) demolished Cesar Saucedo (10-1-1, 5 KOs), dropping Saucedo once in round one and twice in round two.



January 4th, 2014




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