Monday, September 25, 2017

JOE LIPSEY

Nickname: "Sledgehammer"
   Joe Lipsey turned professional on Nov. 28, 1988.  He scored a first round tko over Willie Patterson, and went on a streak of devastation.

   He knocked out his first 8 opponents before running into a very tough Rick Haynes who survived 6 painful rounds with Lipsey, but lost a unanimous decision.  Two fights later, Lipsey got a rematch with Haynes, who proved to be as tough as ever, it took 8 rounds for Joe to finally stop him, but he did stop him.

   He continued his knockout streak, and took an impressive record of 15-0, 14 ko's into his battle with former Ohio State Middleweight Champion - Sanderline Williams (24-14-1, 14 ko).  Lipsey won an impressive decision victory after 8 rounds.  It was a true "crossroads" fight, while Williams retired after the bout, Lipsey was now moved from "prospect" to "contender" for a Middleweight Title.

  
   The competition level was bumped up, and Lipsey was up to the task.  He vanquished Randy Williams (22-4), Tyrone Trice (42-8), and unbeaten Derrick Rolon (18-0).

   He tko'd Denver's Jerome Hill (14-5-1) in 8 rounds, and former California State Welterweight Champion - Kenny Lopez (20-13-1) in 3 rounds.  He then stopped undefeated Derrick James (10-0, 5 ko) in a battle of the unbeaten at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.

Joe Lipsey was now undefeated, and world ranked.  He was named as the challenger for Bernard Hopkins IBF Middleweight Title, and took one more tune-up bout disposing of James Gatlin in 3 rounds.

   March 16, 1996 was the date, and Joe Lipsey returned to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a shot at the IBF Middleweight Championship of the world.  The bout was billed as the semi-main event to the Mike Tyson/Frank Bruno rematch.

   Lipsey entered the bout with a record of 25-0, 20 ko's.  Bernard Hopkins was 28-2-1, 21 ko's and it was a highly anticipated match.

   Hopkins was on fire that night, and he proved that he was a huge step up in class for the talented and powerful challenger.  Hopkins stopped Lipsey at 2:50 of round 4  to retain his middleweight title.

   This was another "crossroads" fight, but this time, it would be Joe who, for whatever reason, would call it a career and make this IBF Title challenge his final pro fight.  Bernard Hopkins would go on to defend that title belt 20 times!  Then would go on to gain Light Heavyweight championships and become one of boxing's legends.

   Joe "Sledgehammer" Lipsey fought as a professional for 8 years and brought excitement to the ring each time out.  He finished with a pro record of:  25 wins, 1 defeat, with 20 wins by knockout.

Click here to see: JOE LIPSEY'S entire pro ledger on boxrec.com

If you would like to see Joe in boxing action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

Pro Bouts:

RANDY WILLIAMS                  [tko-4]
DERRICK ROLON                    [w-10]                   
KENNY LOPEZ                         [tko-3]
BERNARD HOPKINS               [ko-by-4] {IBF Middle Title} (Joe Lipsey's LAST Pro Bout)

Amateur Bout:

1. Kenny Keene



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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

MIKE ANCHONDO

Nickname: "Mighty Mike"


   La Puente, California's "Mighty" Mike Anchondo turned pro on May 6, 2000.  He started fast, and by the end of the year he was 8-0 winning all 8 by knockout.

   The hard hitting Lightweight continued his unbeaten streak, gaining his first title belt in January of 2003, with a shutout unanimous decision victory over Angel Rios at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.  That win gave him the WBC Youth Jr. Lightweight title.

   Anchondo was now 20-0, 16 KO and gaining lots of attention as a top prospect, and now contender.  It was expected that he would soon get a world title shot.

   That shot came on July 15, 2004.  He squared off with the former WBO Featherweight champion - Argentina's Julio Pablo Chacon (50-5) for the vacant WBO Jr. Lightweight world title.  The title bout was shown on HBO and it was a great showcase for the unbeaten Anchondo to win a title and be seen by a huge audience.  He performed brilliantly, winning almost every round, and capping it off with a knockdown of Chacon in the final round.  He was now the undefeated world champion.

  
    8 months later he defended his title against another Argentina favorite - Jorge "La Hiena" Barrios (42-2-1), the former WBU Jr. Lightweight world champion.  The bout was staged in Miami, Florida.  Anchondo lost his title, and suffered his first loss as a pro.  The bout was televised on espn2.  It was a 4th round stoppage in a bout that Barrios controlled from start to finish.

   Mike bounced back with 2 straight wins against good level opponents.  He then lost to well respected contender Darling Jimenez (22-2-2).  After taking the year of 2008 off, he put together a string of  3 straight wins as a welterweight.  He fought his final match on Sept. 17, 2010 at the Buffalo Bill's Arena in Primm, Nevada in a bout aired on Showtime.  It was a 4th round tko loss to Freddy Hernandez (28-1), and it was Mike's final bout.

  The California star thrilled boxing fans for a decade.  He was a world champion, and was always exciting to watch in the ring.

See Mike Anchondo's complete pro record:  Mike Anchondo on Boxrec.com

If you would like any of "Mighty" Mike Anchondo's fights on DVD, I have the following available:

1. ENRIQUE "Kiki" VALENZUELA       [tko-3]
2. ROBERTO ROMERO                           [ko-1]
3. ALEJANDRO RAMIREZ #1                [w-6]
4. ROQUE CASSIANI                              [tko-10]
5. GREGORIO VARGAS                         [w-10]
6. JULIO PABLO CHACON                    [w-12] {Vacant WBO Jr. Light Title}
7. JORGE BARRIOS                                [tko-by-4] {WBO Jr. Light Title}
8. MAURICIO HERRERA                       [w-8]
9. FREDDY HERNANDEZ                     [tko-by-4] (*Anchondo's LAST Pro Bout)

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Friday, August 11, 2017

DERRELL COLEY

Nickname: "Too Sweet"




   Washington DC's Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley opened his pro boxing career on July 21, 1990 with a unanimous decision win over fellow DC'er Darrick Johnson.

   He won 18 straight pro bouts before fighting to a 10 round draw in the Great Western Forum's welterweight tournament in Inglewood, California.  Even though it was a draw on the pro ledger, it was Smith who advanced having a 1-point edge on one of the judges' scorecards.

   Derrell continued his winning ways running off an impressive 7-fight win streak including victories over Darryl Lattimore, former world champion Saoul Mamby, Floyd Williams, and winning the vacant NABF Welterweight championship with an 11th round tko win over Terrence Alli.
Derrell Coley and Reggie Green as guest on "The 8-Count Boxing Hour"

  
   Coley defended that title with a 12 round 3-way split draw against Jaime "Rocky" Balboa in front of his Washington D.C. fans.

   He then defended that title via 12 round decision over unbeaten Ray Lovato (20-0) before stepping in against Detroit's Oba Carr (35-1) and losing a razor thin split decision.

   "Too Sweet" Coley again bounced back like a true champion and ran off another impressive 7-win streak (and 1 no contest), regaining his NABF title belt, and scoring wins against top notch opponents including: Pat Coleman, Kipp Diggs, Romallis Ellis, Willy Wise, and Ivan Ledon. That incredible win streak and being NABF champion put him in line to face legendary Oscar Delahoya (31-1) in a bid for the vacant IBA Welterweight World Championship.

 

   The fight took place at Madison Square Garden, and was televised by HBO. After starting well, it was Oscar's night as he won via 7th round ko to win the vacant IBA world title.

   Derrell Coley finished his career with 4 straight wins and fought his final pro bout on August 9, 2003, roughly 13 years after his first time in the ring as a pro.

   Coley was a respected world class contender who ruled the North American Boxing Federation's Welterweight division for nearly 3 1/2 years!  He battled and defeated some world class opposition and delighted boxing fans around the world.

   Derrell finished with a professional record of: 38 wins, 2 losses, and  2 draws. Winning 27 by knockout!  He had Speed, style, power, a solid chin, and great skills.

Check out his pro record on boxrec.com:
DERRELL COLEY PRO LEDGER


If you would like to see Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley in ring action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. DONALD WALLACE                [w-6]
2. TERRENCE ALLI                      [tko-11] {Vacant NABF Welter Title}
3. JAIME "Rocky" BALBOA         [Draw-12] {NABF Welter Title}
4. RAY LOVATO                            [w-12] {NABF Welter Title}
5. OBA CARR                                [L-12] {NABF Welter Title}
6. PAT COLEMAN                        [n/c-10] {Vacant NABF Welter Title}
7. KIPP DIGGS                             [tko-11] {Vacant NABF Wetler Title}
8. WILLIE WISE                           [w-12] {NABF Welter Title}
9. OSCAR DELAHOYA               [ko-by-7] {Vacant IBA Welter Title}

Other Stuff:
a) Interview + Reggie Green W/ D.Sisneros 12/94 at weigh in-1173 (HV/R/4 Min.)

Derrell's speech at the Washington D.C. Hall-of-Fame induction:
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

JOSE AGUINIGA

Nickname: "Sweet"


   Oxnard California's "Sweet" Jose Aguiniga turned professional on August 20 of 2000.  He opened with a 2nd round tko over Jose Lopez in Tucson, AZ.

   He was an amateur standout, and great things were expected from him as a professional.  Within 2 years of his first pro bout, he ran his record to 15-0, winning 10 by knockout.  He was brought along carefully, but performed well land looked like the prospect he was expected to be
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   His shutout win over former world title challenger Evangelio Perez cemented his status as a ranked contender, and from there it was on to the next level of opposition.

    Jose continued his winning streak with big wins over Cristobal Cruz, and Alex "Ali" Baba keeping his record perfect and earning him a shot at the vacant NABA Bantamweight title against fellow contender Hugo Ramirez who came into the title bout with a record of 21-3.  Aguiniga shined as he stopped Ramirez in the 8th round to win the title belt.
   After facing and winning by majority decision over Joe Morales in April of 2007, Aguiniga was gone from the boxing scene for nearly 5 years.  He returned on Feb. 25, 2012 to defeat Juan Ruiz (23-8) with an impressive unanimous decision.  It looked like he was back and ready to challenge for a national or world title.
   "Sweet" Jose would fight just once more, stopping Mexico's Eduardo "Latigo" Arcos in the 7th round.  That fight took place May 26 of 2012, and it was Jose's final pro bout.
   Aguiniga finished his professional boxing career unbeaten with a record of 33-0, 15 ko's.  His fans wanted to see him go for a world title challenge, but it wasn't to be.  It is still hard to argue with a perfect record though.

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If you would like to see Jose Aguiniga in professional boxing action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

"Sweet" JOSE AGUINIGA vs
1. ISRAEL LOPEZ                                       [w-4]
2. ARTURO DAVALOS                               [tko-2]
3. RICARDO MEDINA                               [w-6]
4. JUAN CARLOS COVARRUBIAS          [w-6]
5. EVANGILIO PEREZ                                [w-8]
6. JULIAN RODRIGUEZ                           [w-8]
7. RODRIGO FACIO                                  [w-10]
8. GILBERTO BOLANOS #1                    [w-8]
9. GILBERTO BOLANOS #2                    [tko-5]
10. ALBERTO ONTIVEROS                     [w-6]
11. GERARDO ESPINOZA #1                  [w-10]               
12. CRISTOBAL CRUZ                             [w-10]
13. ALEX "Ali" BABA                               [w-8]
14. PHILLIP PAYNE                                  [w-10]
15. HUGO RAMIREZ                                [tko-8]
16. GERARDO ESPINOZA #2                 [w-10]
17. JOE MORALES                                    [w-8]


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

CHARLES ANAYA

Nickname: Poison



      Albuquerque, New Mexico's Charles "Poison" Anaya turned professional on April 5th, 1991.  He appeared in a 4 rounder on the under-card of an event headlined by his older brother Henry Jr.  Charles won a 4 round unanimous decision over Chihuahua Mexico's Alfredo Torres to begin his professional campaign.

   Charles then traveled to Casa Grande, Arizona and fought a 4 round draw against the local favorite Jesse Ortiz.  He was 1-0-1, and then did not fight for 4 years.  He returned in Feb. of 1996 scoring a first round knockout over New Mexico Kick-Boxing Champion Jesus Meraz.  "Poison" was back, and looked like he didn't miss a beat.


   Charles fought on two undercards of Danny Romero events in Albuquerque, and won them both, scoring a complete shutout over Juan Nunez over 4 rounds, and then knocking out Ruben Aguayo in the first round.  He then traveled up to Ignacio Colorado, and scored another impressive first round knockout.  

   With a record of 5-0-1, 3 knockouts he was considered ready to step up the level of competition, and faced former U.S. Olympian Branden Mitchem who had a similar record of 5-0, 3 ko.  The bout was aired on USA's Tuesday Night Fights, and it was an anticipated showdown of unbeaten prospects.  The former Olympian proved too big a step as Mitchem scored the 3rd round technical knockout in the nationally televised bout.


   Charles would enter the pro ring one last time as he faced fellow Albuquerque favorite Rudy "Bad Boy" Lovato in a showdown of locals.  It was a wild affair with partisan fans of both sides roaring throughout the bout held outdoors at the Coca-Cola Pavilion on the New Mexico State Fairgrounds.  It was a close back and forth bout that was halted when a fan threw a half filled soft drink bottle into the ring, and it struck Lovato in the shoulder.  It was a wild scene, with the New Mexico State Athletic Commission deciding to end the bout in round 8 of a bout scheduled for 10.  The emotions were running wild, and the Commissioners also decided to not announce the decision to the crowd, but rather, the decision was announced the next day in the Albuquerque Journal's sports page!  The final decision went:  77-75, 79-75, and 79-73 all in favor of the winner Lovato by Technical Decision.

Charles Anaya ended his brief but exciting pro career with a final record of 5 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw winning 3 by knockout.  He was a big part of the proud family boxing tradition of Albuquerque's Anaya family.  He was a friendly man whose smile warmed the hearts of anyone who met him.  Charles passed away in August of 2001, and he is missed by all of us that knew and loved him.

Click here to see: CHARLES ANAYA'S COMPLETE PRO RECORD on Boxrec.com

If you would like to see Charles "Poison" Anaya in ring action I have the following bouts available on DVD:

CHARLES ANAYA vs.

JESUS MERAZ                  [ko-1]
JUAN NUNEZ                    [w-4]
RUBEN AGUAYO             [ko-1]
ALFREDO TORRES          [tko-1]
BRANDON MITCHEM     [ko-by-4]
RUDY LOVATO                 [Tech-L-8] (Charles Anaya's LAST Pro Bout)(Missing 1st Rd.)

Amateur:

1.Tommy Montoya (NM)
2. Cesar Aguilar (NM)
3. Unknown Amateur ('86 Jr. O Regionals)
4. Unknown ("Leo")

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

KENNY KEENE


   Nickname: "The Emmett Eliminator"


   Emmett Idaho's Kenny Keene turned professional on August 11, 1990, winning a 4 round decision against Albuquerque, New Mexico's Ray Pacheco in a bout held at Boise, Idaho's Hawks Memorial Stadium.

   Kenny was stepped up in level of competition, and built his record with some impressive wins against top notch boxers including wins against: Jerome Hill, Keith "Sir Jab-a-lot" McMurray,  former IBF Cruiserweight Champion - Ricky Parkey, former WBC World Champion - J.B. Williamson, and former IBF Cruiserweight Title challenger - James Pritchard.

   He went undefeated for over 3 years before taking his 25-0, 17 by knockout record into a challenge for the WBF Cruiserweight Championship against Arkansas' Bobby Crabtree.  It was a great night for Keene as he won a World Title belt in his first attempt in front of a raucous crowd at the O'Conner Fieldhouse in Caldwell, Idaho.  This would turn out to be the first of 3 meetings with Crabtree - all 3 with title belts on the line.
                                                                                                                                                                             

   He took a non-title 10 round main event with world ranked Johnny Mclain and scored a nice decision victory before making 2 more successful title defenses, defeating Vince Boulware (27-7-1), and then winning a wild one over 12 rounds against Indiana's Terry Ray (25-1).

   One more non-title victory would bring Keene and his perfect 30-0 record into a rematch with the man he won the title from - Bobby Crabtree, but this time the fight was in Crabtree's home stadium of the Ft. Smith Civic Center in Arkansas.  It was a wild night, with the judges' scores going all over the place.  One judge had it 116-115 in favor of the Challenger Crabtree.  One judge scored it by a landslide of 119-111 for the Champion Kenny Keene.  And the third and deciding judge had it a landslide the other way with a score of 120-108!  Keene tasted his first defeat, and it was very sour.

   After stopping very highly regarded Herman Delgado (10-2-1) in round 6, The world ranked former Champion was named as a contestant for the vacant IBC Cruiserweight championship in a rematch with fellow contender Terry Ray who was now 28-2 with one of those 2 losses coming in his WBF Title challenge against Keene, but this time it would be Ray who would come in as the home town favorite.  It was a great scrap while it lasted, but with Keene ahead on all 3 judges' scorecards an unintentional head butt caused the fight to be stopped, and the scorecards gave Kenny Keene his 2nd World Title Belt.

   Keene next scored 3 big non-title wins in a row, downing Matt Charleston (22-5), Olympic Gold Medalist - Andrew Maynard (24-7), and Robert Folley (26-6-1) before making his first IBC Title defense.  It would be the rubber match against the only man to have defeated him - Bobby Crabtree who now had a record of 52-29-1, 49 by knockout.  The fight would again be in Crabtree's home town of Ft. Smith, Arkansas.  Keene hadn't forgotten about those wild score cards in his
previous visit to Arkansas, and made sure it didn't go the distance.  He stopped Crabtree in round 9 to keep that IBC Cruiserweight title belt around his waist, and proving that it would take more than what many felt was "home cooking" to defeat him on this night.  Keene would make 2 more successful Title defenses before taking on Robert Daniels.

    March 1, 1997 was the night that Kenny Keene defended his IBC Title on the undercard of Sugar Ray Leonard vs Hector Camacho.  Robert Daniels came in with a record of 34-3-1 for this fight, and what a fight it was!  It went the 12 round distance and finished with a Split Decision on scores of 115-113 for Keene, 116-113 for Daniels, and the deciding ballot reading 115-113 for the winner and new IBC Champion- Robert Daniels.

   3 fight later the well respected world class battler earned his self another title challenge, this time it was for the IBA Cruiserweight Title, but he dropped another razor close Split Decision against Champion Saul Montana (29-6).  2 fights later, Keene would win the vacant version of that title with an impressive 11th round tko win over popular brawler Rocky Gannon (29-7).  Keene now had 3 different World Title belts in his collection and remained highly respected, world ranked, and a Champion.

   Kenny continued his campaign, the Idaho hero made 3 more successful title defenses of that IBA Title along the way as he packed both the Bank of America Center, and Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho.

   Keene made his final ring appearance on July 29, 2006, nearly 16 years since making his professional debut.  He went out in world class fashion as he faced former USBA, NABF, and IBF World Cruiserweight Champion - "King" Arthur Williams in a nationally televised bout at Qwest Arena in Boise, ID.  Williams stopped Keene in round 10 on that night, but Kenny Keene had the full support of his appreciative Boise fans even in defeat.

   Kenny Keene ended his incredible pro boxing career with a final record of 51 wins, 4 defeats, and 28 knockouts.  Not bad for a man who is reputed to have started out by going 1-9 as an amateur!  He was a crowd-pleaser, fearless, a World Champion by 3 different sanctioning bodies and most of all, highly respected by all who worked with him, or faced him in the ring.



 If you would like to see "The Emmett Eliminator" Kenny Keene in action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

 1. STEVE EARLS                  [ko-2]
2. IVAN RUKAVINA            [w-8]
3. WILLIE JAKE                   [w-6]
4. TERRY RAY #1                 [w-12] {WBF Cruiser Title}
5. TERRY RAY #2                 [tko-5] {WBF Cruiser Title}
6. ROBERT DANIELS          [L-12] {IBC Cruiser Title}
7. SAUL MONTANA             [L-12] {IBA Cruiser Title}
8. RICH LAMONTAGNE     [w-12] {IBA Continental Cruiser Title}   
9. ROCKY GANNON             [tko-11] {Vacant IBA Cruiser Title}
10. DOMINIC CARTER        [w-12] {IBA Cruiser Title}
11. ARTHUR WILLIAMS     [tko-by-10] (*Kenny Keene's LAST Pro Bout)

Amateur:
1. Joe Lipsey -v572



   

  










  
   
   




Monday, April 10, 2017

NAZARETH ROJAS

Nickname: "The Body Stopper"


      After a successful amateur boxing career going 30-15, and earning him the nickname "The Body Stopper" because of his dedicated body attack in some of his bouts, Albuquerque, New Mexico's Nazareth Rojas turned professional on August 8th, 1998.  He dropped a 4 round unanimous decision to hard punching fellow Albuquerque fighter - Raul Garcia.

   He won his next fight against another hard punching oopponent, Colorado's Art Cruz.  That fight took place in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

   Naz was 1-1 now as a pro, but had to go on the road for 3 of his next 4 fights, traveling to Boise, Idaho, and twice to Denver to get fights.  He went 1-3 in that tough stretch.  He did stop Julian Romero by DQ in round 5 during that stretch, that fight took place in Alamogordo, NM.  But lost a decision in his rematch with Art Cruz, this time up in Denver.
Rojas (left) in his pro debut - Albuquerque, NM

   His record now stood at 2-4.  This is when things started to go in the right direction.  Oct. 23, 1999 Naz faced fellow New Mexican Lorenzo Estrada at the Ice-o-Plex arena in Rio Rancho, NM.  The bout was a tough one that ended in a majority draw with 2 of the judges scoring the bout 57-57, while judge Levi Martinez saw it 58-56 in favor of Rojas.  Just about two weeks later, the two would meet again, this time at Robertson Gymnasium in Las Vegas, NM on the undercard of an event that featured two rising New Mexico stars - Frankie Archuleta, and Andres Fernandez.  It was a determined Rojas that stopped Estrada in round 4 of a bout set for 6 rounds.  It was a spirited fight with both guys landing some bombs, while Estrada's heart showed, in the end Rojas' superior boxing skills and power won out.

   Rojas won 2 of his next 3 fights, and then stepped away from the sport for a 10 year stretch.  He was 5-5-1 at the time.
 
   Nazareth Rojas returned to the ring March 31, 2012 to face fellow New Mexico favorite - Jeremiah "The Jet" Torres in a bout fought at the Jr. Middleweight limit of 154 Lbs.  It was 14 pounds north of the 140 that Rojas had last fought 9 1/2 years earlier.  He hadn't lost a step, and looked impressive as he won a solid unanimous decision over his in-state rival.

     





   Naz fought just twice more after that, losing a decision in Longmont, Colorado, and then his final pro bout on July 27, 2012 at age 32, where he dropped a decision to Las Vegas, NM's Arturo Crespin (6-2-1, 2 ko) in a bout staged at the Wool Warehouse in Albuquerque.

   Nazareth "The Body Stopper" Rojas ended his professional boxing campaign with a final record of: 6 wins, 7 defeats, and 1 draw, winning 2 by knockout.

Click HERE to see Nazareth Rojas complete pro record on Boxrec.com

If you would like to see Nazareth Rojas in ring action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

NAZARETH ROJAS vs.

 1. RAUL GARCIA                                 [L-4] (Pro Debut)
2. ART CRUZ #1                                     [w-4]
3. LORENZO ESTRADA #1                  [Draw-6]
4. LORENZO ESTRADA #2                  [tko-4]

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Amateur Bouts:
1. Jeremiah Torres
2. Anthony Archuleta
3. Chris Aragon
4. Juan Miguel Silva Alvarado

Nazareth Rojas enjoying Dan's book: Disney Tale of the Tape (Available on Amazon!)




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