Don King: God is promoting this fight

“I told (Tom Loeffler): When my guy knocks your guy off, don’t get mad because it’s just a sign from heaven. (…) When you have a fight that is destined for greatness, you can feel it. The atmosphere is in the air. God is in the plan in this fight…I can see an undefeated woman fighting. Nine years reigning. They say the first on HBO, only because HBO was behind. I did it with Christy Martin years and years ago. I told them, ‘If Christy Martin don’t fight, Tyson don’t fight.’ Don’t even pull that with me. That was with Showtime. You gotta give the women their rights and Christy Martin stole the show. I gave her a BMW for a present.

“Vanes is ready to go, something is gonna happen. It’s an irresistible force against an immovable object. Something has got to give. And give it will on Cinco de Mayo,” legendary boxing promoter Don King told Fightnews.com® about tonight’s WBA/WBC middleweight title bout between Gennady Golovkin (37-0- 1, 33 KOs) and Vanes Martirosyan (36-3- 1, 21 KOs).

“I told (Tom Loeffler): When my guy knocks your guy off, don’t get mad because it’s just a sign from heaven. (…) When you have a fight that is destined…
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Kameda halts Pongsaklek in grudge exhibition

By Joe Koizumi

In a grudge six-round exhibition (not a fight authorized by our commission) between former world champs, three-time titleholder Koki Kameda (33-2, 18 KOs), 118, dropped former conqueror Pongsaklek Wongjongkam (91-5-2, 47 KOs), 117.5, and halted him at 0:12 of the second round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Kameda, 31, annihilated the pathetic Thai old soldier, 40, and decked him with a southpaw one-two combination, when the referee Iida promptly declared a stoppage. It wasn’t a fight authorized by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), which only approved it as an exhibition with 10-ounce gloves for six rounds with no decision (should it have gone the distance). Pongsaklek had defeated Kameda to have him suffer his career-first defeat to capture the WBC flyweight belt from him in 2010. Continue reading “Kameda halts Pongsaklek in grudge exhibition”

By Joe Koizumi In a grudge six-round exhibition (not a fight authorized by our commission) between former world champs, three-time titleholder Koki Kameda (33-2, 18 KOs), 118, dropped former conqueror…
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Toussaint defeats Jackson

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian middleweight champion Daniel Toussaint (13-0, 8 KOs) outscored New Zealand’s, Gunner Jackson (27-11-4, 12 KOs) over ten rounds with the Australian title up for grabs at the Hellenic Club, Canberra, ACT, on Friday. Scores 99-91, 97-93, 98-92. Southpaw Toussaint outworked Jackson in most of the rounds connecting with accurate head and body shots. Jackson had taken current WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata and former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine the ten round distance in 2015. The classy Canberra based middleweight received maximum exposure in 2017 when he defeated Shane Mosley Jr on the undercard of Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao WBO welterweight title bout with a live gate of 51,000 in Brisbane that was televised globally on ESPN.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Australian middleweight champion Daniel Toussaint (13-0, 8 KOs) outscored New Zealand’s, Gunner Jackson (27-11-4, 12 KOs) over ten rounds with the Australian title…
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Golovkin-Martirosyan only for WBA, WBC belts

By Przemek Garczarczyk

I asked promoter Tom Loeffler to clarify IBF situation before tonight’s HBO clash between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Vanes Martirosyan at the StubHub in Carson, California. “Gennady still has the title, it’s not sanctioned by IBF but they are not going to strip him,” stated Loeffler.

By Przemek Garczarczyk ‏ I asked promoter Tom Loeffler to clarify IBF situation before tonight’s HBO clash between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Vanes Martirosyan at the StubHub in Carson, California.…
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Broadway Boxing Weights

George Kambosos Jr. 136 vs. Jose Forero 140
Shelly Vincent 127 vs. Edina Kiss 127
Mykquan Williams 139 vs. Orlando Felix 139
Khiry Todd 143 vs. Adrian Sosa 142
Bakhodir Jalolov 244 vs. Hugo Trujillo 256
Khalid Twaiti 125 vs. Joseph Cole TBA
Lamont Powell 156 vs. Amadeu Cristiano 162
Irvin Gonzalez Jr. 128 vs. Jonathan Perez 130
Davhon Shelton 136 vs. Carlos Galindo 138
Hurshidbek Normatov 155 vs. Ronald Montes 154

Venue: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: dbe1.com (PPV)

George Kambosos Jr. 136 vs. Jose Forero 140 Shelly Vincent 127 vs. Edina Kiss 127 Mykquan Williams 139 vs. Orlando Felix 139 Khiry Todd 143 vs. Adrian Sosa 142 Bakhodir…
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Núñez defeats Núñez by DQ

By Héctor Villarreal

After 11 exciting fights, the main event of the card La Batalla de los Núñez, presented by Sparta Promotions in Fantastic Casino Albrook Mall, Panama, had an unexpected end. Fighting for the vacant WBA Fedelatin bantamweight title, Cuban prospect Leosdan Nuñez (7-0, 4 KOs) and local veteran Ricardo “El Matematico” Núñez (29-7, 23 KOs) had intensely battled for two rounds and a half when a headbutt opened a severe cut on Leosdan´s forehead.

Referee Hector Afu, who had previously warned Ricardo twice because of dangerous head movements, ordered the deduction of two points on each judge’s card and ask the doctor for revision. Leosdan was declared unable to continue and Afu disqualified the local fighter declaring the Cuban a winner and new champion. Continue reading “Núñez defeats Núñez by DQ”

By Héctor Villarreal After 11 exciting fights, the main event of the card La Batalla de los Núñez, presented by Sparta Promotions in Fantastic Casino Albrook Mall, Panama, had an…
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Oscar: Canelo/Clenbuterol thing is ridiculous

During Friday night’s boxing telecast, promoter Oscar de la Hoya updated ESPN’s Bernardo Asuna on the latest with Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

“The last exam that Canelo was put through was a hair follicle test,” said Oscar. “Whatever they want to take Canelo through, he will do. This whole thing with the levels being so minute with Clenbuterol is ridiculous.

“In terms of GGG talking so negatively about Canelo and putting him down all the time, I strongly feel, and this is very serious, I strongly feel that GGG, those last three rounds he felt against Canelo in Las Vegas, that power punching that he felt against Canelo, the fact that he couldn’t drop or stop or hurt Canelo, he knows that that rematch, whenever it happens… Continue reading “Oscar: Canelo/Clenbuterol thing is ridiculous”

During Friday night’s boxing telecast, promoter Oscar de la Hoya updated ESPN’s Bernardo Asuna on the latest with Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. “The last exam that Canelo was put…
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Unbeaten Goodall draws with Taylor

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Super middleweights Darren “Bossman” Goodall (5-0-1, 4 KOs) and Tahlik Taylor (3-10-1, 1KO) slugged it out over six rounds in the main event, but when the dust settled it was ruled a draw. The battle at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany will easily be a strong candidate for the New Jersey fight of the year. The seven-bout card promoted by Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions, had KOs, upsets and even a split decision which left the crowd satisfied as the night came to a close. In the co-feature of the evening, Marcus Beckford (5-8-3, 1 KO) used a slick counterpunching style to squeeze out a split decision upset of Philly welterweight Ardrick “The Hitman” Butler. Continue reading “Unbeaten Goodall draws with Taylor”

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Super middleweights Darren “Bossman” Goodall (5-0-1, 4 KOs) and Tahlik Taylor (3-10-1, 1KO) slugged it out over six rounds in the main event, but when…
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Garcia, O’Sullivan victorious

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

NABF super featherweight champion Ryan “The Flash” Garcia (15-0, 13 KO) of Victorville, California scored a ten round unanimous decision over Puerto Rican former world title challenger Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (26-5-1, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Stub Hub Center headlining a special edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN. All three judges scored the bout 99-91.

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Garcia opened up connecting with his flash left hook as Velez took it and stood inside close cutting the distance. Boxing from a distance, Garcia connected Velez with some solid straight rights in the second as the Puerto Rican kept coming. Velez pressed in the third but Garcia connected with another solid right countering Velez on his way inside. Circling the ring and keeping his distance Garcia boxed in the fourth as Velez continued to go forward. Garcia connected Velez with a crunching body shot in the fifth that stopped the Puerto Rican’s momentum but he continued to fight on. Continue reading “Garcia, O’Sullivan victorious”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside NABF super featherweight champion Ryan “The Flash” Garcia (15-0, 13 KO) of Victorville, California scored a ten round unanimous decision over Puerto Rican former world…
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GGG, Vanes make weight

Gennady Golovkin 160 vs. Vanes Martirosyan 159.6
(WBA, WBC, IBF middleweight titles)

Cecilia Braekhus 145.8 vs. Kali Reis 144.8

Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: 360 Promotions
TV: HBO

Gennady Golovkin 160 vs. Vanes Martirosyan 159.6 (WBA, WBC, IBF middleweight titles) Cecilia Braekhus 145.8 vs. Kali Reis 144.8 Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California Promoter: 360 Promotions TV: HBO

Rodriguez ready to take on heavy Butler

Only Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (17-0, 12 KOs) will be eligible to win the vacant IBF bantamweight title after opponent Paul Butler failed to make weight today in London. The digital scale showed Butler to be 3.5 pounds heavy during their Friday morning weigh-in. He was granted two hours to shed the excess poundage but refused to be weighed in a second attempt.

“I’m ready to fight Butler with those extra pounds,” said Rodriguez. “I’m not worried, so I accepted it. He’s not a 122-pounder. He’s fought 115 and 118 pounds. I’m not worried that hasn’t worked hard enough to make weight and is this heavy. He relies a lot on his speed and that’s going to decrease a bit with those extra pounds, but I’m not counting on that. I’m just waiting for the best version of Butler. In the end, the title goes to Puerto Rico!”

Only Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (17-0, 12 KOs) will be eligible to win the vacant IBF bantamweight title after opponent Paul Butler failed to make weight today in London. The digital…
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Butler plans to stay at bantamweight

Bantamweight Paul Butler issued a statement via social media addressing his failure to make weight (by a wide margin) for Saturday’s IBF world title fight against Manny Rodriguez.

“First of all, I know failing weight in my biggest fight to date looks unprofessional and I understand the stick I’m getting. Believe me, I’m gutted and heartbroken I can’t win that world title tomorrow, but I didn’t fail it without trying. I’d never do that! I tried like you’d never believe. I will be staying at bantamweight. There is a couple of reasons for failing weight. My apologies go to the Rodriguez team, the Matchroom Team, my fans and most of all my trainer and manager Joe Gallagher for all the hard work he’s put in. I hope you all still enjoy the fight and the card tomorrow.”

Bantamweight Paul Butler issued a statement via social media addressing his failure to make weight (by a wide margin) for Saturday’s IBF world title fight against Manny Rodriguez. “First of…
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Rodriguez makes weight, Butler heavy

Tony Bellew 210.4 vs. David Haye 220.25

Paul Butler 121.5 vs. Manny Rodriguez 117.7
(IBF bantamweight title)
Butler has two hours to lose the weight. No weight was announced but the digital scale read 121+ The MC said Butler was “slightly over.”

Lenroy Thomas 230.5 vs. Joe Joyce 251.5
Martin J. Ward 129.25 vs. James Tennyson 129.75
John Ryder 166.25 vs. Jamie Cox 167
Joshua Buatsi 178.25 vs. Stephane Cuevas TBD
Luke Campbell 136.6 vs. Troy James 147

Venue: O2 Arena, London
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: AWE

Tony Bellew 210.4 vs. David Haye 220.25 Paul Butler 121.5 vs. Manny Rodriguez 117.7 (IBF bantamweight title) Butler has two hours to lose the weight. No weight was announced but…
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Horn hopes Crawford doesn’t postpone again

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn and his promoter Dean Lonergan doubt that WBO mandatory contender Terence Crawford was suffering from the alleged injury that caused their fight to be postponed from the original April date to June 9. “Hopefully he doesn’t watch me anytime soon and get too scared. It might get postponed again,” Horn said. “I don’t know why they postponed last time but whatever happens, happens. I’ve had friends tracking him on Instagram and Facebook and whatever. He seemed to be bowling and using that hand quite fine (for a guy) with a hand injury.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn and his promoter Dean Lonergan doubt that WBO mandatory contender Terence Crawford was suffering from the alleged injury…
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Mbenge fights for IBO title

By Ron Jackson

At a media day at the Smith’s gym in the Cedar Square Centre in Fourways, Sandton, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions announced that South African welterweight champion Thulani Mbenge would be meeting Diego Gabriel Chaves for the vacant IBO welterweight title on Saturday June 23 at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park.

This is a great opportunity for the 25-year-old Mbenge 13-0; 10 who was an outstanding amateur and won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth games in Scotland. Continue reading “Mbenge fights for IBO title”

By Ron Jackson At a media day at the Smith’s gym in the Cedar Square Centre in Fourways, Sandton, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions announced that South African welterweight…
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GGG, Haye favored to win Saturday

WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is a -3300 favorite to defeat Vanes Martirosyan +1000 on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the co-feature, undisputed female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus is -5000 to beat Kali Reis +1400. HBO will televise.

Earlier that day, former heavyweight champion David Haye -225 to avenge his loss to Tony Bellew +187 at the O2 Arena in London. Also on that card, bantamweight Emmanuel Rodriguez is -400 to defeat Paul Butler +275 in a clash for the vacant IBF title. AWE will televise.

In Friday night action, unbeaten super featherweight Ryan Garcia is -2000 to beat veteran Jayson Velez +900 at the the same venue that will host Golovkin-Martirosyan the following night. Also on the card, middleweight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan is -1600 to defeat Berlin Abreu +800. ESPN2 will televise.

WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is a -3300 favorite to defeat Vanes Martirosyan +1000 on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the co-feature, undisputed female welterweight…
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Nuñez and Nuñez both make weight

By Héctor Villarreal

Cuban Leosdan Nuñez (6-0, 4 KOs) weighed in at 117.5 pounds and his Panamanian opponent Ricardo “El Matematico” Nuñez (29-6, 23 KOs) hit the scale at the limit for their fight for the vacant WBA Fedelatin bantamweight title on the main event of La Batalla de los Nuñez card presented by Sparta Promotions at Fantastic Casino Albrook Mall in Panama City, Panama.

Alexander Duran 140 vs Ronald Castillo 138.5
Ivan Matute 146.75 vs Miguel Martinez 145.5
Pablo Vicente 129.25 vs Isaias Cardona 129.5
John Renteria 147 vs Addir Sanchez 145.75
Liborio Solis 123 vs Jose Ramos 118
Johan Gonzalez 152.75 vs Jesus Velazco 150.75
Daniel Matellon 109 vs Fernando Godines 102.25
Luis Rios 120.5 vs Iwier Henriquez 117
Gerardo Murillo 121.5 vs Gilmer Baules 121.5
Norlan Yera 124 vs Ivan Trejos 124.5
Marcelino Saez 116 vs Fernando Arenas 116

Streaming: Peleando Panama Facebook live
Open tv and cable: Plus TV 35
First fight 7pm

By Héctor Villarreal Cuban Leosdan Nuñez (6-0, 4 KOs) weighed in at 117.5 pounds and his Panamanian opponent Ricardo “El Matematico” Nuñez (29-6, 23 KOs) hit the scale at the…
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Vanes: Fans should be happy…no running

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“When I first heard about it (fighting Golovkin), I thought it was a joke. But I did see Don’s caller ID, so I knew it was really him. I was so excited and fans should be happy to see me in the ring against GGG…no running! Everyone is waiting for me to show why they’re calling me a nightmare and I feel that fight will show that,” stated Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) in advance of Saturday’s showdown against WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs).

By Przemek Garczarczyk “When I first heard about it (fighting Golovkin), I thought it was a joke. But I did see Don’s caller ID, so I knew it was really…
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ESPN2 Weights from Los Angeles

Ryan Garcia 130.4 vs. Jayson Velez 130.2
Gary O’Sullivan 158.2 vs. Berlin Abreu 159.8
Seniesa Estrada 108 vs. Amarilis Adorno 108
Marvin Cabrera 156.6 vs. Wilfrido Buelvas 155.6
Richard Acevedo 152.6 vs. Edward Aceves 153.4

Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: ESPN2

Ryan Garcia 130.4 vs. Jayson Velez 130.2 Gary O’Sullivan 158.2 vs. Berlin Abreu 159.8 Seniesa Estrada 108 vs. Amarilis Adorno 108 Marvin Cabrera 156.6 vs. Wilfrido Buelvas 155.6 Richard Acevedo…
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Boots Ennis vs. Arnaoutis June 1

On June 1, rising welterweight contender, Jaron “Boots” Ennis (19-0, 17 KOs) headlines Rising Star Promotions newly created series “Boardwalk Boxing” Round 2 taking on former world title challenger “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (26-10-2, 13 KOs) at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“Boots” comes from a fighting family with his brothers Farah and Derek “Pooh” Ennis along with trainer/father Derek “Bozy” Ennis. Turning pro on April 30th of 2016, Ennis has been very active almost fighting 10 times a year. Ennis will be scheduled to box his first 10 round bout on the Boardwalk. Continue reading “Boots Ennis vs. Arnaoutis June 1”

On June 1, rising welterweight contender, Jaron “Boots” Ennis (19-0, 17 KOs) headlines Rising Star Promotions newly created series “Boardwalk Boxing” Round 2 taking on former world title challenger “Mighty”…
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Popeye headlines in Hartford

Hartford Boxing Promotions has announced its inaugural event, “Fight Night at the Capital”, to take place Saturday night, June 16, at Xfinity Centre in Hartford, Connecticut.

Veteran boxing trainer Tony Blanco and his Hartford Boxing Center gym partner, Michael Tran, have teamed with their undefeated light heavyweight prospect, Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera (7-0, 6 KOs), to form Hartford Boxing Promotions. Continue reading “Popeye headlines in Hartford”

Hartford Boxing Promotions has announced its inaugural event, “Fight Night at the Capital”, to take place Saturday night, June 16, at Xfinity Centre in Hartford, Connecticut. Veteran boxing trainer Tony…
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Spence Jr. is calling his own shots

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Noe Gonzalez

It was clear after Wednesday’s official media day for IBF welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) and the relatively unknown and undefeated mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) out of Mexico who square off on Saturday, June 16th at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco and the home of the Dallas Cowboys and shown live on Showtime, that Spence Jr. is now calling his own shots or at least has a bigger seat at the table.

And what a difference a year makes for the 28-year old former Olympian Spence Jr. out of Desoto, who at this time last year was preparing for his first title shot against Kell Brook after practically begging for two years to fight the likes of Keith Thurman who recently relinquished his WBC belt and has been on the shelf with an arm injury and won’t be back anytime soon. Continue reading “Spence Jr. is calling his own shots”

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Noe Gonzalez It was clear after Wednesday’s official media day for IBF welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) and the relatively unknown and undefeated…
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JBC indefinitely suspends Daigo Higa

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

During this reporter’s absence in Japan while covering Evander Holyfied’s eight-man tournament in Louisville, KY last Friday, there happened some serious and significant incidents in Japan. The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) announced on April 25 that it indefinitely suspended former WBC flyweight champion Daigo Higa for his overweight scandal of having tripped the scale at 114, two pounds over the class limit.

It means the JBC won’t allow Higa to fight inside of Japan until the JBC lifting the said indefinite suspension on him. Higa was the very first that ever failed to make weight in world title bouts in Japanese boxing history. The JBC also had 20% of his purse forfeited as penalty, and gave official warnings to his manager Yoko Gushiken (ex-WBA 108-pound champ who had defended his belt on thirteen occasions) and his trainer Joji Nogi. The JBC advised that Higa should move up to a higher division upon being released from suspension. Continue reading “JBC indefinitely suspends Daigo Higa”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat During this reporter’s absence in Japan while covering Evander Holyfied’s eight-man tournament in Louisville, KY last Friday, there happened some serious and significant…
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Bellew shoves Haye at press conference

Below is the London press conference for the much anticipated rematch between former world champions Tony Bellew and David Haye that will take place at The O2 in London on Saturday live on AWE TV. The American broadcast will begin at 1PM ET/10AM PT.

Explosive Head-to-Head

Full Press Conference

Below is the London press conference for the much anticipated rematch between former world champions Tony Bellew and David Haye that will take place at The O2 in London on…
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