Joshua a 40:1 favorite to retain titles

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is a whopping -4000 favorite to defend his world title against Carlos Takam +2000 when they collide tonight in front of 78,000 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua tipped the scales at a career-high 254 pounds and is coming off a sensational fight-of-the-year knockout over Wladimir Klitschko in April.

“I’ve been doing a lot more running. Maybe I’m starting to fill out as I get older and I’m starting to find my natural weight,” Joshua said. “Who knows what it is? I definitely feel a lot fitter than I have in previous fights.”

All of Joshua’s 19 wins have come by knockout and oddsmakers expect this one to be no different with an over/under set at just 4.5 rounds. Continue reading “Joshua a 40:1 favorite to retain titles”

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is a whopping -4000 favorite to defend his world title against Carlos Takam +2000 when they collide tonight in front…
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Knockout Night in Haiti

By Héctor Villarreal

Haitian lightweight Evens “The Sun City Kid” Pierre (29-1, 18 KOs) moved closer to a championship chance by defending his WBA Fedelatin title for the fourth time. Pierre, ranked #2 by the World Boxing Association stopped Mexican challenger Jesus Laguna (21-11-2, 18 KOs) at 2:11 on the fifth round in the main event of the Gala des Champions III card promoted by Jacques Deschamps Fils’ Boxe Internationale on Thursday night at a crowded Karibe Convention Center of Port Au Prince, Haiti.

Another local WBA Fedelatin titlist, superwelter “Silky” Wilky Campfort (24-3, 12 KOs) kept his belt by knocking out Venezuelan Jean Carlos Prada (33-5-1, 33 KOs) with a body punch on the fourth round. Continue reading “Knockout Night in Haiti”

By Héctor Villarreal Haitian lightweight Evens “The Sun City Kid” Pierre (29-1, 18 KOs) moved closer to a championship chance by defending his WBA Fedelatin title for the fourth time.…
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Mokwana wins on a majority decision

By Ron Jackson

Thompson Mokwana retained the South African lightweight title on a debatable majority 12 round points decision over Prince Dlomo at the Ngoko Ramathlodi Sport Centre in Polokwane on Friday night. Judges Neville Hotz and Christina Mudau scored it 116-113 and 116-112 for Mokwana and judge Samuel Mashile had it 114-114. Continue reading “Mokwana wins on a majority decision”

By Ron Jackson Thompson Mokwana retained the South African lightweight title on a debatable majority 12 round points decision over Prince Dlomo at the Ngoko Ramathlodi Sport Centre in Polokwane…
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IBF Kicks off B&R Tournament in Macau

The first phase of The IBF Silk Road Championship Tournament started in Macau, China at the Wynn Palace on Friday, October 27 and will continue on October 28. The organization announced its plans in late May to launch the tournament and create the IBF Belt & Road Region, modeling the Silk Road Economic Belt & 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road Chinese business initiative spanning through the Asian, African and European continents.

The Silk Road Championship tournament will begin with 14 bouts ranging from Flyweight to Middleweight featuring male and female fighters from various countries in the B&R Region. Continue reading “IBF Kicks off B&R Tournament in Macau”

The first phase of The IBF Silk Road Championship Tournament started in Macau, China at the Wynn Palace on Friday, October 27 and will continue on October 28. The organization…
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Weights from Kalispell, Montana

By Ricardo Ibarra

Patrick Ferguson 198 vs. Damon Reed 197
(vacant WBC US cruiserweight title)

Jesse Uhde 159 vs. Jacob Ruffin 157
Kenny Guzman 125 vs. Gabriel Braxton 127
Sean Quinnett 144 vs. Tavoris Teague*
Jaime Miranda 136 vs. Dennis Creason 139
*will weigh-in later

Venue: Majestic Valley Arena, Kalispell, Montana
Promoter: Hard Knocks Fight Promotions

By Ricardo Ibarra Patrick Ferguson 198 vs. Damon Reed 197 (vacant WBC US cruiserweight title) Jesse Uhde 159 vs. Jacob Ruffin 157 Kenny Guzman 125 vs. Gabriel Braxton 127 Sean…
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Weights from Auburn, Washington

By Ricardo Ibarra

Marquice Weston 202 vs. Steven Lyons 212
Steven Villalobos 149.5 vs. Cory Vom Baur 145.5
Kevin Torres 149.5 vs. Kevin Davila 144
Richard Vansiclen 174 vs. Alex Cazac 171
Nicolas Jefferson 146.5 vs. Ramel Snegur 142
John Peak 170.5 vs. Carlos Villanueva 178
Cris Reyes 143 vs. Johnathan Arias 148.5
Sebastian Baltazar 119.5 vs. Marcos Flores 120
Justin Milani 196 vs. Kevin Roberson 195.5

Venue: Green River Conference and Event Center, Auburn, Washington
Promoter: Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions

By Ricardo Ibarra Marquice Weston 202 vs. Steven Lyons 212 Steven Villalobos 149.5 vs. Cory Vom Baur 145.5 Kevin Torres 149.5 vs. Kevin Davila 144 Richard Vansiclen 174 vs. Alex…
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Weights from Worcester, Massachusetts

Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera 177.6 vs. Hansen Castillo 176
Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga 280 vs. Alejandro Esquilin Santiago 235.8
Elvis Figueroa 167 vs. Rene Nazare 167
Edwin Soto 140 vs. Anthony Everett 153.6
Adrian “Tonka” Sosa 139 vs. Shakha Moore 146
Wilfredo “El Sucaro” Pagan 146.6 vs. Patrick Leal 148.6
Omar Bordoy, Jr. 139.8 vs. Bryan “The Brick” Abraham 141

Venue: DCU Center, Exhibition Hall, Worcester, MA
Promoter: Rivera Promotions Entertainment
Tickets: $75 and $45

Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera 177.6 vs. Hansen Castillo 176 Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga 280 vs. Alejandro Esquilin Santiago 235.8 Elvis Figueroa 167 vs. Rene Nazare 167 Edwin Soto 140…
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Broadway Boxing Weights from Foxwoods

Matt Remillard 129 vs. Yardley Cruz 130
Shelly Vincent 129 vs. Calixta Silgado 130
Mykquan Williams 143 vs. Somner Martin 144
Nicholas DeQuattro 141 vs. Andre Bellacarris 146
Steve Rolls 162 vs. Andrik Saralegui 168
Khiry Todd 146 vs. Evincii Dixon 148
Nicklaus Flaz 156 vs. Elie Augustama 162
Hurshidbek Normatov 158 vs. Bruce Lutchmedial 159

Venue: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Stream: Facebook

Matt Remillard 129 vs. Yardley Cruz 130 Shelly Vincent 129 vs. Calixta Silgado 130 Mykquan Williams 143 vs. Somner Martin 144 Nicholas DeQuattro 141 vs. Andre Bellacarris 146 Steve Rolls…
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Trainer Willie Lock dies

By Ron Jackson

Willie Lock one of the great trainers in South African boxing history passed away in Benoni on Thursday after a long illness. He was 84.

Photo: African Ring Collection

Willie was born in Boksburg on February 5 1933 and together with his brother Peter joined an amateur boxing club in Boksburg. Willie never boxed as a pro but his brother fought with limited success as a professional lightweight from 1958 to 1960. Peter went on to become an outstanding referee whereas Willie concentrated on training fighters. Continue reading “Trainer Willie Lock dies”

By Ron Jackson Willie Lock one of the great trainers in South African boxing history passed away in Benoni on Thursday after a long illness. He was 84. Willie was…
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WBO #11 Moran destroys Briseño

Photos: Pablo Lozano

WBO #11 lightweight Antonio “Toño” Moran (23-2, 16 KOs) scored an explosive second round KO over Salvador “El Bufón” Briseño (13-3, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. An uppercut from Moran spelled the end for Briseño. Time was 2:43. Moran retains his WBO Latino title in impressive fashion.

Bantamweight Daniel “Tanquesito” Garcia (2-1, 1 KO) scored a four round unanimous decision over pro debuting Juan Carlos Gonzalez, son of former world champion Carlos “Bolillo” Gonzalez.

Photos

Photos: Pablo Lozano WBO #11 lightweight Antonio “Toño” Moran (23-2, 16 KOs) scored an explosive second round KO over Salvador “El Bufón” Briseño (13-3, 7 KOs) on Friday night at…
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WBSS: Braehmer hands first loss to Brant

Two-time former light heavyweight world champion Juergen Braehmer (49-3, 35 KOs) moved down to super middleweight to compete in the $50 million World Boxing Super Series on Friday night at the Sport-und- Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany. For twelve rounds, the 39-year-old Braehmer, naturally the bigger man, walked down previously unbeaten Rob “Bravo” Brant (22-1, 15 KOs), the only American in the tournament who is ranked WBA #2 at middleweight. Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 116-112. Braehmer will now face Callum Smith in the WBSS semi-final in early 2018.

Two-time former light heavyweight world champion Juergen Braehmer (49-3, 35 KOs) moved down to super middleweight to compete in the $50 million World Boxing Super Series on Friday night at…
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Undercard Results from Schwerin, Germany

In a WSBB super middleweight substitute fight, former WBA interim beltholder Vincent Feigenbutz (27-2, 24 KOs) scored an eleventh round KO over Gaston Alejandro Vega (27-12-2, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Sport-und- Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany. Time was 2:36. Feigenbutz is rated WBA #4, IBF #7 and WBO #14.

WBO #8 cruiserweight Artur Mann (12-0, 7 KOs) survived a six-rounder with Isossa Mondo (7-13, 3 KOs). Mondo dropped Mann with a body shot in round five, but then let him off the hook. Mondo hurt Mann to the body again in round six. No scores were announced.

IBF #10 cruiserweight Micki Nelson (24-1, 15 KOs) halted Taras Oleksiyenko (8-4, 7 KOs) in round seven.

2016 Olympic Bronze super heavyweight medalist Filip Hrgovic (2-0, 2 KOs) annihilated Pavel “Pablo” Sour (6-1, 5 KOs) in the first round.

Middleweights Abdul Khattab (15-2-1, 4 KOs) and Ronny Mittag (30-2-2, 15 KOs) battles to an eight round draw. Scores were 76-76 across the board. Mittag is rated IBF #12.

In a WSBB super middleweight substitute fight, former WBA interim beltholder Vincent Feigenbutz (27-2, 24 KOs) scored an eleventh round KO over Gaston Alejandro Vega (27-12-2, 11 KOs) on Friday…
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Kovalev happy with new trainer

Former unified light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) did a lot of soul-searching after his loss to Andre “S.O.G” Ward over the summer in Las Vegas, Nevada. He travelled back to his home in Russia for several months with his wife, Natalia, and his son Aleksandr and even spent time meditating at a monastery in Greece. After months of contemplation, he decided it was time to sever his relationship with long-time trainer John David Jackson.

When Kovalev began the first half of his training camp in Big Bear Lake, California for his upcoming bout with Vyacheslav “Lion-Heart Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs), he had not yet settled on a new trainer, but he did have his eye on someone. Continue reading “Kovalev happy with new trainer”

Former unified light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) did a lot of soul-searching after his loss to Andre “S.O.G” Ward over the summer in Las Vegas,…
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Joshua-Takam Officials Named

Officials have been named for Saturday’s WBA/IBF heavyweight title showdown between world champion Anthony Joshua and IBF mandatory challenger Carlos Takam at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, where an estimated 78,000 fans will converge for the largest indoor event in boxing history.

The referee is Phil Edwards and the judges scoring ringside are Michael Alexander (England), Pawel Kardyni (Poland) and Ron McNair (New York).

If Joshua’s previous 19 bouts are any indication, the judges might not be necessary.

“I’m not going to say I’m going to knock him out and smash him up and all these types of things,” said Joshua, who has knocked out all of his professional opponents en route to unifying the heavyweight division. “But that’s what I have to do.”

Officials have been named for Saturday’s WBA/IBF heavyweight title showdown between world champion Anthony Joshua and IBF mandatory challenger Carlos Takam at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, where an estimated…
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WBC won’t sanction Mayorga fight

WBC STATEMENT ON RICARDO MAYORGA

The WBC medical committee, in conjunction with the WBC affiliated championships committee, rejected the proposal from the WBC Silver championship committee to approve Ricardo Mayorga to contest for the WBC Silver super middleweight championship. Continue reading “WBC won’t sanction Mayorga fight”

WBC STATEMENT ON RICARDO MAYORGA The WBC medical committee, in conjunction with the WBC affiliated championships committee, rejected the proposal from the WBC Silver championship committee to approve Ricardo Mayorga…
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Joshua outweighs Takam by 19 lbs


Anthony Joshua 254.25 vs. Carlos Takam 235.5
(WBA and IBF heavyweight titles)

Khalid Yafai 114.5 vs. Sho Ishida 114.5
(WBA super flyweight title)

Dillian Whyte 247.5 vs. Robert Helenius 248.5
(vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title)

Frank Buglioni 174.5 vs. Craig Richards 173
(British light heavyweight title)

Venue: Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: SHOWTIME

Anthony Joshua 254.25 vs. Carlos Takam 235.5 (WBA and IBF heavyweight titles) Khalid Yafai 114.5 vs. Sho Ishida 114.5 (WBA super flyweight title) Dillian Whyte 247.5 vs. Robert Helenius 248.5…
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Kassi doesn’t expect fair judging – and he’s OK with it

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“As far as the judging goes, we’ve seen it all. We don’t expect fair judging – and we shouldn’t get it! Might sound funny coming from us, but this is Tomasz Adamek’s house and his fans come to see him win. I should be held to a slightly higher standard to unseat the king in his own kingdom. I have to make a statement to get the W.”

That’s the honest and straight forward opinion of battle-tested heavyweight “Big” Fred Kassi (18-6, 10 KO), who on November 18 in Częstochowa, Poland will attempt to beat one of the best Polish fighters in history, former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion of the world, and heavyweight title challenger Tomasz “Góral” Adamek (51-5, 30 KO).

When the Adamek fight was offered, what did you like about it the most?

First off, it’s an honor to be in the ring with Tomasz Adamek. He’s one of our favorite heavyweights. Continue reading “Kassi doesn’t expect fair judging – and he’s OK with it”

By Przemek Garczarczyk “As far as the judging goes, we’ve seen it all. We don’t expect fair judging – and we shouldn’t get it! Might sound funny coming from us,…
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Toño Moran back on Telemundo tonight

WBO Latino Lightweight champion Antonio “Toño” Moran defends his title tonight vs Salvador “Buffon” Briseño. The 10 round main event will air on Boxeo Telemundo. Site of the event is the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City, Mexico. Moran, the hometown fighter, is currently ranked #11 by the WBO. Both fighters enter the bout billed as “Civil War II” very confident and are ready for some serious ring combat. Continue reading “Toño Moran back on Telemundo tonight”

WBO Latino Lightweight champion Antonio “Toño” Moran defends his title tonight vs Salvador “Buffon” Briseño. The 10 round main event will air on Boxeo Telemundo. Site of the event is…
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More News from the WBO 30th Annual Congress

By David Finger

The WBO’s final day of its 30th Annual Congress at sea kicked off aboard the Norwegian Sky at 8 AM with the conclusion of the General Assembly and Executive Committee. The main discussion was where to host next year’s convention, and it was Costa Rica that won out over the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

From there all eyes were on the Championship & Ratings committee session, and there was no shortage of drama. Right off the bat, the WBO nixed a proposal from newly crowned 105-pound champion Ryu Yamanaka to fight an unranked fighter for his first title defense.

“If they are not ranked I’m sorry,” President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said of the proposal. “We won’t go with that.” Continue reading “More News from the WBO 30th Annual Congress”

By David Finger The WBO’s final day of its 30th Annual Congress at sea kicked off aboard the Norwegian Sky at 8 AM with the conclusion of the General Assembly…
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Martinez vs. Martinez on Nov 16

Boxing returns to Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico on Thursday, Nov. 16 as undefeated super flyweight contender Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez (19-0-1, 12 KOs) from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico takes on Jesus Martinez (23-2, 11 KOs) of Monteria, Colombia in the 10-round main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN. The telecast will also feature welterweight Alexis Rocha (9-0, 6 KOs) of Santa, Ana, Calif. and super lightweight Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (7-0, 7 KOs) of Dallas, Texas, vs. TBAs in separate eight-rounders.

Boxing returns to Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico on Thursday, Nov. 16 as undefeated super flyweight contender Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez (19-0-1, 12 KOs) from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico takes on Jesus Martinez…
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Sanchez-Ximinez clash Nov 11

Undefeated Albuquerque featherweight prospect Jason “Alacrancito” Sanchez (10-0, 6 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line in the eight-round main event against Texas State champion Ray Ximenez (16-1, 4 KOs) on November 11 at the Lujan Center (Expo NM) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In the co-featured event, Albuquerque welterweight Brian “La Bala” Mendoza (15-0, 10 KOs) will take on John David “JD” Charles (9-12, 1 KO), of Corpus Christie (TX), in a six-round bout. Continue reading “Sanchez-Ximinez clash Nov 11”

Undefeated Albuquerque featherweight prospect Jason “Alacrancito” Sanchez (10-0, 6 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line in the eight-round main event against Texas State champion Ray Ximenez (16-1,…
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Telemundo Weights from Mexico City

Antonio Moran 135 vs. Salvador “Bufon” Briseno 135
Gerson Aguilar 132 vs. Gabriel Perea 132
Hector “El Artista” Cruz 130 vs. Geovanni De Jesus 127
Mario Alberto “El Morro” Garcia 158 vs. Julio Cesar Olivera 159
Kevin Salgado 155 vs. Mario Israel Vera 155
Juan Carlos Gonzalez 118 vs. Daniel “Tanquesito” Garcia 119
Jose “Brenan” Rojas 112 vs. Adrian “Matsuru” Luna 109

Doors Open at 7:30 PM First Fight 8:00 PM
Venue: Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City, Mexico
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.mx or at the door
TV: Telemundo Network 11:35 PM
Promoter: Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas

Antonio Moran 135 vs. Salvador “Bufon” Briseno 135 Gerson Aguilar 132 vs. Gabriel Perea 132 Hector “El Artista” Cruz 130 vs. Geovanni De Jesus 127 Mario Alberto “El Morro” Garcia…
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WBSS: Braehmer, Brant make weight

Former two-time light heavyweight world champion Juergen Braehmer had no problems making the super middleweight limit, weighing in with 1.2 pounds to spare. Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs) scaled in at 166.8 pounds on Thursday for his World Boxing Super Series quarterfinal against unbeaten American Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs), who weighed 166. The bout takes place Friday in the 39-year-old Braehmer’s hometown of Schwerin, Germany. The winner will meet Callum Smith in the WBSS semi-final early next year.

The telecast will end a nice two-month run for the World Boxing Super Series. The tournament brought quality fights to boxing fans for eight consecutive weeks.

Former two-time light heavyweight world champion Juergen Braehmer had no problems making the super middleweight limit, weighing in with 1.2 pounds to spare. Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs) scaled in at…
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Kovalev-Sharbranskyy now for vacant WBO LH title

By David Finger

The shocking announcement by Andre Ward that he was retiring from professional boxing has left a void at the top of the 175-pound division, which in turn has created an opportunity for little known Ukrainian light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs). Shabranskyy, the #10 contender in the WBO light heavyweight tournament, was slated to fight #2 ranked contender Sergey Kovalev for the vacant WBO International Light Heavyweight title on November 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

But with the world title now vacant, this has opened up a rare opportunity for both Kovalev and Sharbranskyy. The WBO Championship Committee voted unanimously to declare the Kovalev-Sharbranskyy be for the vacant WBO world title. Sharbranskyy is seen as an underdog against Kovalev, but it is nonetheless a tremendous opportunity for the Ukrainian, who now finds himself in line for a world title fight instead of an international title fight on November 25th.

By David Finger The shocking announcement by Andre Ward that he was retiring from professional boxing has left a void at the top of the 175-pound division, which in turn…
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Pulev-Oquendo for WBA title?

According to Bobby Hitz, the President of Hitz Boxing, he is in talks to possibly bring the first WBA Heavyweight Championship fight in over 35 years to Chicago. “Yes, I can confirm that my co-promoter, Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions, and I have spoken to Kubrat Pulev’s promoter, Sauerland Event in Germany, about promoting [Fres] Oquendo and Pulev for the WBA Heavyweight Championship here in Chicago sometime early next year,” Hitz said. Continue reading “Pulev-Oquendo for WBA title?”

According to Bobby Hitz, the President of Hitz Boxing, he is in talks to possibly bring the first WBA Heavyweight Championship fight in over 35 years to Chicago. “Yes, I…
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