WBC 57th Convention Day 3 full report

Ratings, Mandatories, Lomachenko Franchise champ, Haney now full WBC champ

By Boxing Bob Newman 

Day 3 of the 57th WBC convention got off to a very wet beginning. A tremendous thunderstorm struck early in the morning on the peninsular city, with continuous rain forecast for the entire day. Meetings however, got started at 10:00 a.m.
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The WBC board of directors bid farewell to Shawn Porter and his dad as they stopped by the meeting on their way to the airport. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told Porter, “You lost your title a month ago, but it’s on loan. You’ll be a champion again!” Continue reading “WBC 57th Convention Day 3 full report”

Ratings, Mandatories, Lomachenko Franchise champ, Haney now full WBC champ By Boxing Bob Newman  Day 3 of the 57th WBC convention got off to a very wet beginning. A tremendous…
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Soto, Heno make weight

Elwin Soto 107.6 vs. Edward Heno 108
(WBO jr flyweight title)

Angel Acosta 112 vs. Raymond Tabugon 111.4.

Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
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Elwin Soto 107.6 vs. Edward Heno 108 (WBO jr flyweight title) Angel Acosta 112 vs. Raymond Tabugon 111.4. Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California Promoter: Golden Boy TV: Facebook Watch



Panama card postponed due to Moreno illness

By Héctor Villarreal

The KO to Cancer pro boxing event scheduled for Thursday night at Atlapa Convention Center in Panama has been officially postponed one hour before the start of the weigh-in ceremony.
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A video of the 34 year-old former WBA Super Champion on bantamweight, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno  (37-6-1, 12 KOs) was sent by WhatsApp to journalists and sponsors in which the fighter, lying on a hospital gurney, expressed his excuses to everyone for his inability to fight on Thursday due to severe stomach illness.

“It’s something I ate last night that caused me vomiting and diarrhea. I feel really sorry and sincerely hope that we can reschedule the event for 2 or 3 weeks,” said Moreno on the video, referring to his 10-round fight against Mexican featherweight Marcos Cardenas (20-7,16 KOs) which headed the card Promoted by his wife’s Laguna Premium in association with Master Promotions. Continue reading “Panama card postponed due to Moreno illness”

By Héctor Villarreal The KO to Cancer pro boxing event scheduled for Thursday night at Atlapa Convention Center in Panama has been officially postponed one hour before the start of…
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Broadway Boxing Weights

Mykquan Williams 139.2 vs. Tre’Sean Wiggins 139.4
George Arias 241.2 vs. Gabriel Hernandez 225.4
Jose Roman 150.2 vs. Fabian Lyimo 151.6
Juan Carlos Carrillo 179.8 vs. Afunwa King 175.6
Tiara Brown 129.6 vs. Vanessa Bradford 128.2
Jose Gonzalez 123.4 vs. Ramon Contreras 121.6
Pablo Valdez 147.6 vs. Jimmy Rosario 145.2
Jude Franklin 128 vs. Jayron Santiago 129.2
Khalid Twaiti 121.4 vs. Jose Alfredo Flores Chanez 118.2
Ariel Lopez 120 vs. Victor Trejo Garcia 119
Melissa St. Vil 133.6 vs. Dahiana Santana 136.8

Venue: St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: UFC Fight Pass

Mykquan Williams 139.2 vs. Tre’Sean Wiggins 139.4 George Arias 241.2 vs. Gabriel Hernandez 225.4 Jose Roman 150.2 vs. Fabian Lyimo 151.6 Juan Carlos Carrillo 179.8 vs. Afunwa King 175.6 Tiara…
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Four Euro titles taking place this weekend

By Marco Bratusch

During the weekend to come, several important European titles are going to take place around the old continent, featuring some interesting matchups.

Next Friday in San Bonifacio, northern Italy, Silvia Bortot (6-0-1, 2 KOs), aged 34, will defend his junior welterweight belt for the first time against Djamila Gontaruk (15-5-2, 2 KOs), from Belgium. The 27-year-old challenger is a former European champion herself as he won the title in 2015 in the lower featherweight division, and she is also a former WBO world title challenger. Italian boxing venture Royal Boxing Team will stage the show very close to Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet city of Verona. Continue reading “Four Euro titles taking place this weekend”

By Marco Bratusch During the weekend to come, several important European titles are going to take place around the old continent, featuring some interesting matchups. Next Friday in San Bonifacio,…
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Sergey Kovalev Media Workout

Photos: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs), hosted a media workout yesterday at the Boxing Laboratory in Oxnard, Calif. ahead of his November 2 bout against Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 34 KOs).

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Below are quotes from yesterday’s workout:

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“Canelo has nothing to lose in this fight. He has a chance to make history. But I have to defend my title. This is the biggest fight of my career. I’ve never been in this situation, where someone is coming from middleweight. I’m not going to make a prediction, but I am going to go in there and defend my title.” Continue reading “Sergey Kovalev Media Workout”

Photos: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs), hosted a media workout yesterday at the Boxing Laboratory in Oxnard, Calif. ahead of his November…
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Eubank-Korobov to clash for WBA interim belt

Middleweights Chris Eubank Jr. (28-2, 21 KOs) and Matt Korobov (28-2-1, 14 KOs) will square off for the WBA interim middleweight title on  December 7 live on Showtime from Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY. Eubank-Korobov will be the co-main event to the clash between undefeated WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo defending his title against Dennis Hogan.

Eubank is coming off a win over British rival James DeGale in February will go down from the 168-pound to the 160-pound class to take on Korobov, a southpaw who gave Charlo a tougher than expected test as a late replacement last December at Barclays Center.

Middleweights Chris Eubank Jr. (28-2, 21 KOs) and Matt Korobov (28-2-1, 14 KOs) will square off for the WBA interim middleweight title on  December 7 live on Showtime from Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY.…
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Soto a 4:1 favorite to retain WBO title

WBO light flyweight champion Elwin “La Pulga” Soto (15-1, 11 KOs) is a solid -430 favorite to successfully defend his world title against Filipino Edward “The Heneral Fighting” Heno (14-0-5, 5 KOs) on Thursday night at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Heno backers can get +310. Soto is making the first defense of the belt he won from Angel “Tito” Acosta via “Hail Mary” KO in the twelfth round last June. The fight will be streamed live on Facebook Watch.

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WBO light flyweight champion Elwin “La Pulga” Soto (15-1, 11 KOs) is a solid -430 favorite to successfully defend his world title against Filipino Edward “The Heneral Fighting” Heno (14-0-5,…
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Manny Rodriguez in tough against Luis Nery

Former IBF bantamweight champion Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KOs) would have been a pretty big favorite against original opponent Rau’shee Warren (16-3, 4 KOs) on the November 23 Wilder-Ortiz PPV undercard. But when Warren withdrew due to injury, Rodriguez was matched against unbeaten Luis Nery (30-0, 24 KOs), who figures to be a tougher foe by magnitudes. The Mexican power-puncher has stopped his last 11 opponents and 15 of his last 16.

“Switching opponents is no problem for me since we always train for different fighting styles,” said Rodriguez, who was starched in two by Naoya Inoue in his previous fight. “I know what Nery brings to the table and I’m ready for that. We are confident in victory and that in 2020 I will be crowned world champion again.”

Former IBF bantamweight champion Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KOs) would have been a pretty big favorite against original opponent Rau’shee Warren (16-3, 4 KOs) on the November 23 Wilder-Ortiz…
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Berchelt: Clean out the division, then Loma

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WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (36-1, 32 KOs) looked sharp and in great shape this week in a media workout at the Caballero Gym in Hermosillo, Mexico. Berchelt is preparing for his November 2 clash against former featherweight champ Jason Sosa (23-3-4, 16 KOs) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
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“I already feel I’m in the best condition and I want to climb into the ring and make the sixth defense of my title in a great fight as are the editions of Mexico vs. Puerto Rico,” said Berchelt. “There’s a lot of talk about a fight against (Oscar) Valdez and I certainly want that fight, but the first thing is to beat Sosa on November 2. We’re always aiming higher. We want to clean out the division and go to lightweight for Lomachenko!”

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Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (36-1, 32 KOs) looked sharp and in great shape this week in a media workout at the Caballero Gym in…
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WBC Cares visits Children’s Hospital

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Carlos Baeza

As is the custom during every WBC convention, the benevolent group known as WBC Cares, aka World Boxing Cares, led by founder Jill Diamond, made yet another pilgrimage to those in need. This time, as is often the case, the destination was sick children, these at the Hospital General de Cancún.
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Bringing toys, soccer balls, stuffed animal boxers and loads of cheer to spread, champs old and new such as Carlos Zarate, Scott Welch, Shawn Porter, Jermall Charlo, Tony Harrison, Badou Jack, Anthony Dirrell, Raja Amasheh, Juan LaPorte, Ilunga Makabu, as well as International Hall of Fame director Ed Brophy, all did their part to bring a moment of joy into the lives of many of those admitted to the pediatric ward.

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By Boxing Bob Newman Photos: Carlos Baeza As is the custom during every WBC convention, the benevolent group known as WBC Cares, aka World Boxing Cares, led by founder Jill…
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Moreno-Cardenas final press conference

By Héctor Villarreal

Former WBA bantamweight super champion, Panamanian Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (37-6-1, 12 KOs) and his Mexican opponent Marcos Cardenas (20-7-1, 16 KOs) faced off for the first time in the main press conference before their 10 round fight which heads the “KO to Cancer” card Promoted by Moreno’s wife Rouss Laguna. “Chemito,” now ranked #9 at featherweight, looks for a world title chance after facing Cardenas on Thursday night at Atlapa Convention Center in Panama.

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“I feel way faster and stronger than last June when I debuted as a feather against Daniel Colula and I promise to my fans I’ll do my best on Thursday night to shine on a very good eight fight card promoted by my wife,” said Moreno at the end of the presser held at the Presidente Remon Racetrack. Continue reading “Moreno-Cardenas final press conference”

By Héctor Villarreal Former WBA bantamweight super champion, Panamanian Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (37-6-1, 12 KOs) and his Mexican opponent Marcos Cardenas (20-7-1, 16 KOs) faced off for the first time…
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WBC 57th Convention: Day 2

By Boxing Bob Newman

Day 2 of the 57th WBC convention got underway at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Oasis Grand Arena. A variety of topics were discussed, starting with that of amateur boxing- the WBC amateur program and the AIBA stance of pro boxers in the Olympics.
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Jill Diamond opened with a presentation on the WBC amateur program. Beginning in 2017, the program has expanded with tournaments throughout the world, all supported and sanctioned by the WBC. The Americas, Africa, China, Europe have all seen activity and growth in the program, with expectations for further growth. Continue reading “WBC 57th Convention: Day 2”

By Boxing Bob Newman Day 2 of the 57th WBC convention got underway at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Oasis Grand Arena. A variety of topics were discussed, starting with…
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Wilder-Ortiz PPV lineup finalized

Undefeated rising star Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa (20-0, 15 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBA super bantamweight title against former champion Julio Ceja (32-4, 28 KOs) while undefeated Mexican power-puncher Luis Nery (30-0, 24 KOs) battles Emmanuel Rodríguez (19-1, 12 KOs) in a matchup of former bantamweight champions on the November 23 Wilder-Ortiz PPV from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Rodríguez had previously been scheduled to face former champion Rau’shee Warren before Warren withdrew due to injury.

The previously announced fights are WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder against Luis “King Kong” Ortiz and Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz against Miguel “El Michoacan” Flores for the WBA super featherweight championship.

Undefeated rising star Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa (20-0, 15 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBA super bantamweight title against former champion Julio Ceja (32-4, 28 KOs) while…
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Pulev-Booker clash Nov 9

IBF #1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (27-1, 14 KOs) returns to the ring to face Rydell Booker (26-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round clash on November 9 at Chukchansi Park in downtown Fresno, California. Pulev-Booker will serve as the co-feature to the Jamel Herring-Lamont Roach Jr. WBO junior lightweight world title bout and both fights will live stream on ESPN+. A cruiserweight contender in the early 2000s, the 38-year-old Booker is 4-1 since coming back in February 2018 from serving a 12-year prison term for a drug conviction. Continue reading “Pulev-Booker clash Nov 9”

IBF #1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (27-1, 14 KOs) returns to the ring to face Rydell Booker (26-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round clash on November 9 at Chukchansi Park…
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Prograis, Taylor finally collide Saturday

Unbeaten super lightweights Regis Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs) and Josh Taylor (15-0, 12 KOs) will be squaring off this Saturday for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super world super lightweight championship. The highly anticipated fight will be the final of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) and will be taking place at the O2 Arena in London, broadcast by DAZN. Continue reading “Prograis, Taylor finally collide Saturday”

Unbeaten super lightweights Regis Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs) and Josh Taylor (15-0, 12 KOs) will be squaring off this Saturday for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super world super lightweight…
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Pintor-Sosa headline Telemundo 2019 finale

Boxeo Telemundo closes out its 2019 campaign with an intriguing welterweight matchup as WBC Latino champion Mauricio “Trompas” Pintor (22-3-1, 14 KOs) defends his title against Puerto Rican challenger John Karl Sosa (14-3, 7 KOs) in a 10 round battle live from the famed Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City. Continue reading “Pintor-Sosa headline Telemundo 2019 finale”

Boxeo Telemundo closes out its 2019 campaign with an intriguing welterweight matchup as WBC Latino champion Mauricio “Trompas” Pintor (22-3-1, 14 KOs) defends his title against Puerto Rican challenger John…
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Lane Brothers ink unbeaten contenders

Newly formed “Lane Brothers Boxing” headed by Terry and Tommy Lane, sons of Hall of Fame referee Mills Lane, have signed exclusive advisor agreements with IBF #1 light heavyweight contender Meng Fanlong (16-0, 10 KOs), and unbeaten heavyweight, Zhang Zhilei (20-0, 16 KOs).

Meng is the IBF mandatory challenger to WBC/IBF champion Artur Beterbiev.  Zhang, a 6’6’’ 260 lb 2008 Olympic silver medalist, is scheduled to fight Sergey Kuzmin (15-1, 11 KOs) on November 30th at the Casino De Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo, Monaco November 30th.  The bout will be streamed on DAZN.

Newly formed “Lane Brothers Boxing” headed by Terry and Tommy Lane, sons of Hall of Fame referee Mills Lane, have signed exclusive advisor agreements with IBF #1 light heavyweight contender…
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Oscar denies Jane Doe allegations

Statement from Golden Boy regarding recent lawsuit: A frivolous lawsuit was filed recently alleging that Oscar De La Hoya sexually assaulted ‘Jane Doe,’ which is completely false. Oscar is a very successful businessman, running one of the country’s leading sports and entertainment companies – thus a prime target. It is worth noting that both recent lawsuits have been filed by the same attorney who is looking to make a name for himself. We vehemently deny these allegations and look forward to vigorously defending Oscar’s good name and reputation.

Statement from Golden Boy regarding recent lawsuit: A frivolous lawsuit was filed recently alleging that Oscar De La Hoya sexually assaulted ‘Jane Doe,’ which is completely false. Oscar is a…
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WBC 57th Gala Awards Banquet

By Boxing Bob Newman

The gala banquet on the opening evening of the 57th WBC convention in Cancun took place inside the Grand Arena of the Grand Oasis Hotel tonight. A packed arena saw more awards and recognition bestowed, as well as musical and dance performances, neatly interlaced with an exquisite dinner.
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First up on the boxing “menu” was a recognition of former Cuban fighters who paved the way for generations of Cuban fighters to come. During the golden era, which bridged the “Cold War” political era, such fighters as Kid Gavilan, Ultiminio “Sugar” Ramos, Florentino Fernandez, Jose Napoles and scads of others fought abroad, later never to return home. Several, such as Ramos and Napoles were adopted by Mexico as their own and became national heroes. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman opined that one day soon, Cuban fighters may be able to fight abroad again, without having to defect from their homeland. Continue reading “WBC 57th Gala Awards Banquet”

By Boxing Bob Newman The gala banquet on the opening evening of the 57th WBC convention in Cancun took place inside the Grand Arena of the Grand Oasis Hotel tonight. A…
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Video: Arum and King meet

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Hall of Fame boxing promoters Bob Arum and Don King met again at the 57th WBC Convention and spoke about being friends and having true world champions. With special appearances by Terry Norris and Julio Cesar Chavez!

By Przemek Garczarczyk Hall of Fame boxing promoters Bob Arum and Don King met again at the 57th WBC Convention and spoke about being friends and having true world champions.…
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Fenech attends daughter’s wedding

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Just 10 days after undergoing emergency open-heart surgery in Thailand, boxing legend Jeff Fenech arrived back in Australia to attend his daughter’s wedding. The 55-year-old Fenech barely made it for the ceremony, making a surprise appearance with just 15 minutes to spare. The three-division world champion even walked his daughter Jessica down the aisle. He later returned to the hospital.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Just 10 days after undergoing emergency open-heart surgery in Thailand, boxing legend Jeff Fenech arrived back in Australia to attend his daughter’s wedding.…
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Crolla farewell opponent named

Former lightweight world champion Anthony “Million Dolla” Crolla (34-7-3, 13 KOs) will face Spaniard Frank Urquiaga (13-1, 1 KO) for the WBA Continental lightweight title in his farewell fight at Manchester Arena on November 2, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

“This is it, the final one,” said hometown favorite Crolla. “I’ve had so many great nights at the arena down the years, so I’m pleased to be finishing where it all started…I can’t let the emotions get to me, I’ve got a job to do first and foremost – I want to bow out with a win.”

Former lightweight world champion Anthony “Million Dolla” Crolla (34-7-3, 13 KOs) will face Spaniard Frank Urquiaga (13-1, 1 KO) for the WBA Continental lightweight title in his farewell fight at…
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A Boxing Wedding

Pink Bob

How many couples can say they were married by a former heavyweight champion?

Popular ring announcer Bob Alexander and his new wife Mary have that unique distinction. Former WBC heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas performed the ceremony when Bob and Mary tied the knot earlier this month in Punta Gorda, Florida. It was a boxing-themed wedding with 14 Florida Boxing Hall of Fame members in attendance and even a boxing ring wedding cake.

Bob and Mary honeymooned in Vermont for a few days, then drove to Niagara Falls so he could ring announce last Friday’s Boxeo Telemundo show at the Seneca Niagra Resort & Casino.

How many couples can say they were married by a former heavyweight champion? Popular ring announcer Bob Alexander and his new wife Mary have that unique distinction. Former WBC heavyweight…
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Nicholson-Lee Full Report

Photos: Mike Greenhill

Super middleweight Demond Nicholson won an eight-round unanimous decision over Devaun Lee in the main event this past Friday night at Maryland Live Casino in Hanover, Maryland. The bout headlined a near-sellout card promoted by Jeter Promotions. This was the 4th successful promotion at the Casino for Jeter Promotions.
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Nicholson of Laurel, Maryland won by scores of 79-73 on all cards and is now 22-3-1. Lee, of Brooklyn, NY competed in the most recent season of The Contender is now 10-7-1. Continue reading “Nicholson-Lee Full Report”

Photos: Mike Greenhill Super middleweight Demond Nicholson won an eight-round unanimous decision over Devaun Lee in the main event this past Friday night at Maryland Live Casino in Hanover, Maryland.…
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