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“KO Boxing Night: Step Up” Fact Sheet featuring Olympian Nico Hernandez

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WHAT:         “KO Night Boxing: Step Up”
WHO:           Main Event – Flyweights (6) — CBSSN

Nico Hernandez (2-0, 2 KOs), Wichita, KS

                     Basyzbek Baratov (2-1-2,), Philadelphia, PA by way of Kyrgyzstan
                     Co-Feature – Featherweights — (10) — CBSSN
  Tramaine “The Mighty Midget” Williams (12-0, 5 KOs), New Haven, CT
                      Derrick Murray (13-2, 5 KOs), St. Louis, MO
  Heavyweights (10) — CBSSN
  Zhilei “Big Bang” Zhang (17-0, 13 KOs), Las Vegas, NV by way of China
                      Byron “The Bear” Polley (30-21-1 (13 KOs), Saint Joseph, MO
  Welterweights (10) — CBSSN
  Armando “The Gentleman” Alvarez (16-0, 11 KOs), Key West, FL
                      Gabor “Squirrel” Gorbics (23-7, 14 KOs), Budapest, Hungary

Heavyweights (8)

  Scott Alexander (12-2-2, 6 KOs), Los Angeles, CA
                      Richard “Silverback” Carmack (15-11-1, 12 KOs), Kansas City, MO
                      Junior Middleweights (4)
  Akeem Black (2-1, 1 KO), Milwaukee, WI
                      Marcus Neal (2-1, 2 KOs), Kansas City, MO
                      Light Heavyweights (4)
  Jeff Strum (pro debut), Wichita, KS
                      Chris Ortega (3-0-1), Topeka, KS
               Junior Welterweights (4)
                      Brian Clements (0-0-1), Topeka, KS
                      Archie Weah (1-7), Norcross, OH by way of Liberia                                
WHEN:           Saturday, September 23, 2017
WHERE:         Hartman Arena, Palm City, KS
PROMOTER:  KO Night Boxing LLC in association with Roc Nation Sports and Hartman Arena
SPONSORS:   Mort’s Cigar Bar, Jimmy Egg and Twister City Harley-Davidson
TELEVISION: Taped live for future airing (TBD) on CBS Sports Network

Sampson Boxing to Donate Proceeds of Upcoming Fight to Earthquake Victims in Mexico

LAS VEGAS (September 21, 2017) – Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz is proud to announce he will be donating $1 from every ticket sold to his upcoming event in Las Vegas to help victims of the recent Mexico City Earthquake.

The donated funds, to be distributed by Mauricio Sulaiman of the World Boxing Council, will be matched X5 by world-renowned philanthropist and Mexican business man Carlos Slim’s Foundation.

Lewkowicz and Sampson Boxing, in association with Pochiro Boxing and the Cannery Hotel & Casino in North Las Vegas, are presenting a “Cuba vs. Mexico” instalment of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes on Tuesday, September 26.

Televised live on FS1 and FOX Deportes beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, in the night’s 10-round featherweight main event, undefeated Leduan Barthelemy (13-0, 7 KOs) takes on also undefeated Eduardo Ramirez (20-0-2, 7 KOs). In the other televised bouts, hard-hitting prospect Alejandro Salinas (8-1, 8 KOs) matching up against unbeaten Duarn Vue (12-0, 4 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight attraction plus a six-round showdown between unbeaten lightweight prospects Bryan Figueroa (12-0, 5 KOs) and Ivan Jimenez (7-0-1, 4 KOs).

Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude quake killed at least 230 people in total, including at least 21 children and five adults at a primary school which collapsed in Mexico City.

Carlos Slim is one of the worlds most important philanthropists. He owns stock in more than 200 companies that employ more than 200,000 people in Latin America and beyond. He has used his resources to help develop the communities where his businesses are located. In his own country, Mexico, he has personally supported more than 165,000 young people in attending university, paid for numerous surgeries, provided equipment for rural schools and covered surety bonds for 50,000 people who were entitled to their freedom but could not afford. He recently created the Carso Institute for Health, and designed it to provide a new approach to health care in Mexico. He has four billion dollars of investments ready to promote education, health and other great challenges, and has recently announced an additional six-billion-dollar investment in several programs, including his Telmex Foundation.

Newly crowned WBC Super Middleweight Champion David Benavidez will be at the fight to support this endeavor and be part of the PBC broadcast team, together with announcer Ray Flores and former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero

Fans can live stream the fights on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The fights are available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

Yunier Dorticos vs. Dmitry Kudryashov WBSS cruiserweight quarterfinals continue

EDMONTON, Canada (September 21, 2017) – Quarterfinals action in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) tournament continues this Saturday when World Boxing Association (WBA) Cruiserweight World Champion Yunier “The KO Doctor” Doriticos takes on challenger Dmitry “The Russian Hammer” Kudryashovin the 12-round main event, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Once again, Canadian boxing fans will have ringside seats to continue watching all the WBSS tournament action live, airing exclusively on Super Channel, which acquired the rights in Canada to broadcast the World Boxing Super Series from MP & Silva, a leading international media company that provides media rights, digital, technology and sponsorship services.
Dorticos puts his undefeated record on the line against the WBA No. 6-rated Kudryashov, who is from Volgodonsk, Russia. The “Dorticos vs. Kudryashov” card scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Super Channel.
Cuban-born Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), fighting out of Miami, has not fought since May 20, 2016, when he knocked out former (interim) world champion Youri Kalenga (22-2) in the 10th round of their title fight in Paris, to capture the interim WBA 200-pound division championship. The 31-year-old Dorticos, who reportedly had 257 amateur bouts, has also defeated notables such as world title challengers Fulgencio Zuniga, Edison Miranda and Epifanio Mendoza.  
“I’m proud to attend a tournament where Muhammad Ali’s name is on the trophy and I’m looking forward to proving that I’m the best cruiserweight in the world,” Dorticos said. I am also happy that this bout is in the United States, which I now consider my country. I am sure that on September 23rd, I will be victorious.
“Kudryashov calls himself ‘Russian Hammer’, but do not forget that there is also a Cuban hammer in this fight. My nickname is ‘The KO Doctor’, and Kudryashov is my next patient.”
Kudryashov (21-1, 20 KOs), 31, the vacant WBC Silver cruiserweight title last December, stopping former world title challenger Santander Silgado (27-3) in the opening round, and he successfully defended his crown this past June, avenging his only pro loss to Olanrewaju Durodola (25-3), in a rematch, by way of a fifth-round stoppage this past June in Russia.
During his outstanding six-year pro career, Kudryashov has defeated the likes of former world title challenger and world champion, respectively, Franciso Palacios (23-2) and Juan Carlos Gomez (55-3), both by first-round knockout.  
“I can’t wait for this fight to take place,” Kudryashov commented. “One thing is for sure – the crowd in San Antonio gets an explosive affair that doesn’t go the distance!
“I think it’s amazing that this tournament only contains the best of the best, all four reigning cruiserweight champions. I have respect for Dorticos and the other participants, but they will also respect my hammer because it will bring me all four titles and the Muhammad Ali Trophy”
Based on their pro records, Dorticos vs. Kudryashov certainly doesn’t figure to go the full distance. Dorticos has stopped 20 of 21 opponents, while Kudryashov has knocked out all 21 of the opponents he’s defeated.
The inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series features two weight classes (cruiserweight & super middleweight), 16 fighters, and a total of 14 main events. An expert panel invited the world’s best boxers to compete, namely the top 15-ranked fighters of the four major federations: WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO. In each weight class, eight boxers will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament, with four quarterfinals (September & October 2017), two semifinals (January & February 2018) and one championship final (May 2018).
World Boxing Super Series is a new revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament featuring the world`s best boxers and a total of $50 million in prize money. The knockout format of the competition will see the best boxers ultimately compete for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, the greatest prize in boxing. The tournament is organized by newly-founded Comosa AG, a Swiss-registered company with principal owners Highlight Event & Entertainment, Modern Times Group and Team Sauerland. Comosa AG is working in partnership with boxers, promoters and managers around the world, and in alignment with the four major world boxing federations, to create a new global platform for the sport.
Five exciting bouts on the “Dorticos vs. Kudryashov” card, promoted by Ringstar Sports, will air exclusively in Canada on Super Channel.
In the 12-round co-feature, Puerto Rican cruiserweight Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (17-1, 11 KOs) faces former WBA cruiserweight title challenger Lateef “Power” Kayode (21-1, 16 KOs), fighting out of Hollywood, CA by way of Nigeria.
Also airing live on Super Channel is a 10-round bout for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver featherweight title between seven-time, four-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (37-024 KOs), fighting out of California by way of the Philippines, and Mexican veteran Ruben Garcia “El Tibio” Hernandez (22-2-1, 9 KOs). Lithuanian welterweight Dimanatas Stanionis (2-0, 2 KOs) meets Mexico-native Oscar Valenzuela (9-2-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout, while San Antonio middleweight Daniel Baiz (9-1, 5 KOs) faces Cuban Yunier Calzada (6-1-1, 1 KO) in the four-round television opener.

Danish Heavyweight Kem Ljungquist signs with Team Sauerland

Danish amateur star Kem Ljungquist has joined Team Sauerland. The 27 year-old heavyweight has signed professional terms with Europe’s leading boxing stable.

Ljungquist is a former three-time national champion and two-time Nordic Champion, who has represented Denmark at both the World and European Amateur Championships.

Having opted to join the paid ranks, the 195cm Dane says he is looking forward to starting his professional journey and has already set his sights on World domination.

‘’I’m very happy to have signed with Team Sauerland,’’ he said. ‘’I think the time is right for me, and I’m very proud to have got a contract with Europe’s largest boxing promoter.

‘’As an amateur my ambition was always to meet the best, and it is the same for me as a professional. I think it’s realistic for me to go up against the best in the World at some point.

‘’I want to fight for titles and I want to test myself against the very best. I have already proved my worth against other Danish fighters and have beaten them all. Now, I want to meet the best from other countries on my way to becoming World Champion.”

Ljungquist will be training out of Herlev Boxing Club under the tutelage of former professional fighter Rachid Idrissi. “Rachid himself has been professional so I know he has the tools to lead me to the next step, and I can’t wait to get started,’’ he says.

Promoter Nisse Sauerland is expecting big things from his latest heavyweight signing and hopes Ljungquist can prove as popular as his countryman Brian Nielsen.

“It has always been our goal to have a Danish heavyweight, and in Kem we think we have the chance to create the next Brian Nielsen,” says Sauerland. ‘’We plan to keep him as busy as possible as he learns the professional game, but with his amateur experience and pedigree it shouldn’t be too long before he is ready to challenge for titles.’’

Flags At Half-Staff For Jake LaMotta



CANASTOTA, NY – SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of middleweight champion “The Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta. He passed away yesterday (9/19) surrounded by family and friends at Palm Garden Nursing Home in Aventura, FL following a battle with pneumonia. He was 95.

“Jake LaMotta was one of the toughest and most relentless boxers in ring history,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy.  “The Hall of Fame joins the boxing world in mourning the passing of a legend.”

Born July 10, 1922 in Bronx NY, after a two-year amateur career LaMotta turned pro in 1941. He captured the world middleweight championship via 10th round TKO over Hall of Famer Marcel Cerdan in 1949 and reigned until 1951. The determined middleweight also scored wins over top-notch fighters such as Bob Satterfield, Laurent Dauthuille, Tiberio Mitri, Bert Lytell, Tommy Bell and Hall of Famers Holman Williams and Fritzie Zivic. LaMotta famously battled Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Robinson in six legendary bouts. His pro record stands at 83-19-4 (30 KOs). LaMotta’s life story was brought to the big screen by Martin Scorsese in 1980’s Academy Award-winning motion picture Raging Bull starring Robert DeNiro.

“He was a great man, a sweet, sensitive, strong and compelling person with a great sense of humor. He had beautiful eyes that danced,” said LaMotta’s wife, Denise Baker. “May God rest his soul and may he sleep in peace.”

In 1990 LaMotta was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame



 BROOKLYN (Sept. 20, 2017) – Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder will make his sixth title defense when he meets hard-hitting Cuban southpaw Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday, Nov. 4 live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

An exciting lineup of undercard attractions will be announced soon to support this titanic heavyweight matchup. True heavyweights in every sense of the word, the 6-foot-7, 228-pound Wilder and the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Ortiz have 60 combined knockout victories.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and I’m excited that the time has come to meet Ortiz,” said Wilder. “Luis Ortiz is considered the boogeyman of the sport and I am the hardest hitter in boxing. When you put us together in a ring, you will get one of the best heavyweight fights in a long time. I will unify the division. This I promise. This is the first step towards unifying. Any heavyweight that gets in my way is getting knocked out.”

“Wilder has been doing a lot of talking about me and this fight,” said Ortiz. “I’m tired of hearing it. I’m not that big on talking. I like to do all my talking in the ring and that’s what I plan to do. I respect him. I know he hits hard, but I hit hard too. It’s going to be a great fight. I can’t wait to get in the ring and shut him up in front of everybody at Barclays Center on SHOWTIME on November 4.”

“This fight is happening because Deontay Wilder wants to beat the best, regardless of the risk,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “He will knock ‘King Kong’ off the Empire State Building for the world to see on November 4 at Barclays Center.”

 “The resurgence of the heavyweight division is going to be on full display at Barclays Center and on SHOWTIME on November 4,” said Tom Brown, president of TGB Promotions. “Deontay is facing his toughest challenge yet in the undefeated Cuban, giving him the opportunity to really prove himself. We are thrilled to be a part of the action and can’t wait until fight night.”

 “Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz is one of the highlights of what has been an exceptional year for boxing on SHOWTIME,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “We have consistently delivered the biggest names in boxing in their most important fights. The main event on Nov. 4 features two dynamic punchers with a 92-percent knockout ratio between them.  It will be the 21st world championship fight on SHOWTIME this year and the 16th time we’ve seen undefeated fighters going head-to-head.  It is clear that no other network is more committed to delivering the most significant bouts directly to its subscribers than SHOWTIME.”

 “On November 4 Barclays Center will once again host one of the year’s best fights,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “Deontay has made his mark in Brooklyn, and I am thrilled to welcome him back to our ring alongside a tough competitor in Luis Ortiz, who will be fighting here for the first time.”

The 31-year-old Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), the only reigning American heavyweight world champion, won his WBC title with a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne on Jan. 17, 2015 -the birthday of legendary heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.

Wilder, a Bronze Medal winner for the U.S. Olympic boxing team at the 2008 Beijing Games, has successfully defended the title five times. In his previous defense at Barclays Center, Wilder scored a memorable ninth-round knockout over Artur Szpilka back in Jan. 2016. In his most recent defense, Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. stopped Gerald Washington via fifth-round technical knockout before a hometown crowd at Legacy Arena in Birmingham on Feb. 25.

The 38-year-old Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs), of Camaguey, Cuba by way of Miami, Fla., will make his SHOWTIME and Barclays Center debut when he meets Wilder for his first title shot. The hard-hitting southpaw turned pro seven years ago after defecting from Cuba and has since been steadily climbing the heavyweight ladder. He cemented his standing in the division with victories over veteran contenders Bryant Jennings, Tony Thompson and Malik Scott and is the No. 1-ranked contender by the WBC.

If Ortiz wins, he will become the first Cuban born fighter to win a heavyweight world championship.

Heavyweight Factory Team, Including Newest Signee Ivan Dychko, Provide Thousands of Meals to Miami Victims of Hurricane Irma

This past weekend in Miami, Heavyweight Factory Gym Founder, Kris Lawrence, and a group of their prominent fighters, which included recently signed two-time Olympic Super Heavyweight Bronze Medallist Ivan Dychko, opened their hearts to the victims of Hurricane Irma by holding a free barbecue.
 Over two 10-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday, the group cooked and served over 2500 pieces of chicken, 1000 sausages, 800 racks of ribs, as well as baked beans and potato salad, to a hungry community still feeling the effects of the devastating hurricane.
   Standing 6′ 9″ tall, Kazakhstan’s Dychko was an imposing sight at first, but quickly warmed the hearts of locals with his warm smile and tireless efforts to help. Despite the oppressive heat, he and former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, who also volunteered his time, posed for hundreds of pictures between servings.
 “Ivan was amazing,” said Heavyweight Factory Director of Boxing, Henry Rivalta. “He hung in there while the sun was brutal. His desire to stay with us and make sure the neighborhood was fed was just awesome.”

Well-known for being very giving to the needy, Lawrence is active with several charities and, every Christmas, loads a 40-foot container with toys and distributes them to children on the streets of his native Liberty City.

 “Giving back to the community gave our team a chance to join together and provide nice warm meals, which have been hard to find, due to the circumstances of Hurricane Irma,” continued Rivalta.
 Dychko, a heavily decorated amateur, was also a two-time world amateur championships silver medallist. He and trainer Derek Santos are hard at work at the Heavyweight Factory for his highly anticipated professional debut on September 28 in Kentucky

2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez back in action this Saturday in Kansas

PARK CITY, Kansas (September 19, 2017) — 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez returns to the ring this Saturday night for his third professional fight, headlining “KO Night Boxing: Step Up!”, at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.  

“KO Night Boxing: Step Up!” is a presentation of KO Night Boxing LLC., in association with Hartman Arena, Mort’s Cigar Bar, Jimmy Egg and Twister City Harley-Davidson. The action will be taped live for future airing on CBS Sports Network.

 Hernandez (2-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of Wichita, has a new opponent in the six-round main event, Kyrgyzstan flyweight Basyzbek Baratov (2-1-2).
Fighting out of Philadelphia, Baratov has had some tough luck, in terms of scoring, with two draws and a loss by split decision. His pro record could easily be 5-0.
A pair of undefeated Roc Nation Sports fighters, New Haven (CT) featherweight Tramaine “The Mighty Midget” Williams (12-0, 5 KOs) and Chinese heavyweight Zhilei “Big Bang” Zhang (17-0, 13 KOs), will be showcased.
USBA No. 2-rated Williams faces Derrick Murray (13-2 (5 KOs), of St. Louis (MO), in the 10-round co-feature. Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, Zhang meets Missouri veteran Byron “The Bear” Polley (30-21-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round bout.
Also fighting on the televised portion of the card is a 10-round welterweight match pitting undefeated rising star Armando “The Gentleman” Alvarez (16-0, 11 KOs), fighting out of Key West, Florida, against Hungarian champion Gabor “Squirrel” Gorbics (23-7, 14 KOs).
In an eight-round battle of heavyweights, Los Angeles’ Scott Alexander (12-2-2, 6 KOs) faces Richard “Silverback” Carmack (15-1-1, 12 KOs), of Kansas City (MO).
The already loaded undercard continues to provide a boxing platform for local fighters in four-round fights: Kansas City (MO) junior middleweight Marcus Neal (2-1, 2 KOs) vs. Akeem Black (2-1, 1 KO), of Milwaukee, Wichita’s pro-debuting light heavyweight Jeff Sturm vs. Chris Ortega (3-0-1), of Topeka (KS), and Topeka’s Brian Clements (0-0-1) vs. Liberian junior welterweight Archie Weah, fighting out of Ohio.

Fighter Spotlight: Josh Crespo

Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series
Local Fighter Spotlight: Josh Crespo
Crespo Responds to Green: “I’ve Fought Bigger, Better Competition”
New Haven, CT:     In the heated lead-up to their highly anticipated October 5th rematch on the Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series, New Haven’s Josh Crespo (7-5, 3 KOs) has had some harsh words for his cross town rival, Nate Green (9-0, 2 KOs). Crespo suffered a decision loss to Green when they first stood toe-to-toe back in 2011 at the start of their respective careers. Interestingly, three years later, Green worked Crespo’s corner when he defeated Sammy Rodriquez in Rodriguez’ hometown of Rochester, NY.  For this reason, Green believes that he has gained a special insight into what makes Crespo tick in the ring. 
Crespo, however, sees things a bit differently. Insinuating that Green’s assistance during the Rodriguez fight was superficial at best, he explained. “First of all, Green didn’t train me. His coach didn’t train me. I conditioned myself. I went all by myself. All I needed was someone to qualify as a corner man. I already knew what I was doing in that fight. I knew who I was going up against.” He continued, “All he had to do was hold (the) pads up and get me loose and warmed up. I was going to go in there and win the fight whether I had Nate or somebody else. I had worked so hard to get ready for that fight that I knew I was going to win. I already had that mentality. He never coached me; never trained me; never did a damn thing.”
Although Green boasts an undefeated record, Crespo believes that he has fought the tougher opposition and his experience in the ring will give him the edge on Oct. 5. He elaborated, “I fought different kinds of opponents. I think I fought better opposition than he has. I fought bigger, better competition. I’ve learned a lot. The only thing that Nate could ever use to separate me and him is the fact that he’s undefeated and I’m not.”  He went on to explain, “That’s because I feel like I’ve taken more chances. I’ve fought real tough competition. I never went in the ring with people knowing that I’m going to win 100%. (Nate) goes into a fight knowing he’s going to win. He has to know that he’s has to win the fight in order to be the cocky little bastard that he is.”
This will be Green’s first fight in the 122-pound weight division. Crespo believes that Green chose this rematch because he believes it would make for an easier transition to move up in weight and fight someone he has already defeated. However, Crespo is not fazed by Green confidence.
“He thinks he’s the great one. I don’t think he’s so great. I think October 5th is going to be a night where I can redeem myself.  He’s never fought at 122 [lbs.] before.  But since it was me and he beat me, he agreed to take the fight. He’s real cautious about what stuff he takes and I’m willing to step into the ring with anyone.” Crespo concluded by making the point that, while he is extremely confident going into the fight, he is not simply looking for “a guaranteed win.”
About October 5: The Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series hosts its third installment with a rare Thursday Night edition at the Arena at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Main Event features a ten-round middleweight match-up between Rising Stars’ staple Vaughn Alexander and former middleweight title contender Elvin Ayala. The series is presented by Mohegan Sun and Main Events and feature boxing prospects from New England and around the world. Tickets start at $40 and are available now through Ticketmaster and the Mohegan Sun box office.
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