Thursday, July 21, 2022

Punch 2 the Face Radio

In this week's Punch 2 the Face podcast, Brandon and I talked about Ryan Garcia's emphatic victory over Javier Fortuna. We previewed this weekend's interesting clash between Joet Gonzalez and Isaac Dogboe. Also, we talked about some news and notes in the sport, including Demetrius Andrade, Adrien Broner and the WBA. To listen to the podcast, click on the links below: 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Ryan Garcia and The Gift

I may have told this story once before, but it's probably been a number of years so if you could, indulge me for a minute. When Deontay Wilder was fighting on undercards and not necessarily progressing in his career, I remember pointing out a number of his flaws after one of his performances: his ponderous footwork, his limited repertoire, his low punch volume, etc. A fellow boxing writer, Ryan Bivins, responded that with Wilder's right hand, it might not matter. His right could knock anyone out. And Ryan gave no caveats regarding skill level. It was a blanket statement. Everyone, even those with more perceived talent or skills, was at risk. 

Over time, Bivins was proven to be correct. Wilder did become a champion and it was his right hand that brought him to the dance and kept him there. And whatever else Wilder did or didn't develop in the ring, his right was a true eraser, and few opponents were able to escape its wrath. 

In addition, Bivins' comment exposed a crucial flaw that too many in boxing succumb to: we focus too much on what a fighter can't do rather than what he can. And Bivins' comment had one more vital application. Identify the A-plus punches in boxing. There aren't too many of them. A fighter with an A-plus punch, despite other limitations, can still go far. 

This naturally segues us to Ryan Garcia, the controversial young fighter who has legions of fans, as well as detractors. Garcia was a decorated amateur with wins over Devin Haney, Vergil Ortiz, Tiger Johnson and a number of other professional fighters you may have heard of. At the moment he's 23-0 with 19 knockouts in the professional ranks, including a stoppage win on Saturday against Javier Fortuna. On one hand Garcia's only 23, but he's also been on the world scene for several years. His resume isn't filled with top contenders and there have been a number of attractive fights that either he or his team has rejected. 

Ryan Garcia before the Javier Fortuna fight
Photo courtesy of Tom Hogan

Garcia's a "new-school" fighter, embracing Instagram, amassing millions of followers on social media. He's released several training videos that display what looks like blinding hand speed. I'm sure they have impressed many novices, but many of his drills don't have practical applications in the ring. 

In addition, he's already had his fair share of personal and professional problems. He's already on his third pro trainer. He tried to get out of his deal with Golden Boy. He left the ring for 16 months while undergoing assistance for mental health issues. 

Garcia in the ring has a number of technical flaws that give many fight observers pause. He doesn't move laterally well. He stands too upright and leaves his chin exposed. In addition, he doesn't set punches up well. Very rarely will you see a three- or four-punch combination from him. He likes fighting on the outside and at this point has very little to offer at close range.   

All of these points are worth considering, but let's not lose sight of one thing: he has The Gift. Ryan Garcia's left hook is one of the best punches in boxing, maybe the best hook since Nonito Donaire's. He can throw it to the head or body and although Ryan isn't known for having a high Ring IQ, he throws the punch with deception. He understands how to look up top and throw the punch down low. Fighters who follow his eyes may have a real disadvantage in trying to anticipate the trajectory of the punch. 

The punch itself looks different than most left hooks in the sport. Ryan gets so much torque on the shot. He whips the punch and it usually travels downward before it connects. If a typical hook is thrown somewhere between a 75 and 90-degree angle. Garcia's more often is in the 30 to 45-degree range. It's almost a straight shot, but not quite. Think of his hook as a late-breaking slider or curveball in baseball. And fighters, like those defenseless batters, struggle to track it. 

But it's not just the trajectory on the left hook, it's also the speed and the power. He has landed his hook on everyone – orthodox, southpaw, tall, short, offensive-minded, defensive-minded – it doesn't seem to matter. Similar to Wilder's right hand, even when a fighter knows it's coming, Garcia is still able to land it and end fights with it. 

In and around Garcia's weight class, there are a number of fighters who would be favored to beat him, such as Gervonta Davis, Devin Haney and Shakur Stevenson, to name three. And it's very possible that they will, but I also want to remind everyone: always remember an A-plus punch. 

Garcia will have a puncher's chance against any opponent. As long as he is standing, he remains a threat. His left hook is that special. Even at 37 and well past his physical prime, Donaire was breaking the orbital bone of perhaps one of the best fighters in the sport. And Garcia's left hook may be on that level. 

Yes, it would certainly help Garcia to incorporate different elements into his game. His right hand and jab are inconsistent weapons. In addition, the more that he can go away from his left hook with other punches, the better off he will be when he decides to go back to it. The element of surprise is in his favor and if he gets too hook-happy, top fighters will be zeroed in on trying to take it away. 

As Garcia ascends in the sport, he will face elite fighters and trainers who will know several ways to neutralize a hook. It will be up to Garcia to become more well-rounded if he wants to be considered among boxing's best. 

Ryan Garcia's myriad flaws may dissuade you from believing that he may become elite, but discount him at your own risk. His hook is a game-changer, a finisher, a sleep aide. He could win any fight at any time. He has The Gift, and The Gift can make up for a lot of mistakes.

Adam Abramowitz is the founder and head writer of saturdaynightboxing.comHe's a member of Ring Magazine's Ring Ratings Panel and a Board Member for the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. 
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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Punch 2 the Face Radio

On this week's Punch 2 the Face Podcast, Brandon and I reviewed the exciting Beterbiev-Smith card from last weekend. We looked ahead to the upcoming Rodriguez-Sor Rungvisai card. We also talked about some matchups that were just recently announced, including Usyk-Joshua 2. To listen to the podcast, click on the links below: 

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Monday, June 20, 2022

Opinions and Observations: The Beterbiev-Smith Card

I wonder if there was a sign in the red corner's dressing room on Saturday: The best performance of the night gets an extra $50,000. And as if it were a contest, each winner on Saturday tried his hardest to claim that fictional bonus. What we saw was excellence – hungry fighters, going for it, putting markers down, showing the world their absolute best. 

At the top of the card Artur Beterbiev revealed further evidence of his greatness by destroying Joe Smith in two rounds to win his third light heavyweight belt. And as impressive as that performance was, Saturday was also much more than the main event. It was Robeisy Ramirez showing the boxing community that he's finally ready to take his career to the next level. Bruce Carrington let everyone know that he can quickly become a force. Jahi Tucker at 19 demonstrated that he already has several top-shelf skills. And Troy Isley, facing by far his most difficult opponent, displayed not just impressive power and speed, but also a sharp boxing mind. Each of these winners mastered his opponent and it was a thrilling display of talent at Madison Square Garden's Hulu Theater. 

Beterbiev celebrates after his win
Photo courtesy of Mikey Williams

That Beterbiev knocked out Smith was not a shock, but the new wrinkles he displayed at 37 demonstrated that he's far more than brute force. Beterbiev immediately started the fight with lateral movement, not letting Smith have a straight line of attack. And from the jump, he was in counterpunch mode, which is not an attribute that is usually associated with him. He threw counter right hands that punished Smith's robotic offensive forays. At the end of the first round, he beat Smith to the punch with a right-hand temple shot that dropped Smith as he was coming in. 

Beterbiev featured several high-level boxing facets to go along with the howitzers in his gloves. He demonstrated surprising hand and foot speed. His counters were sharp and quick. He also showed a sharp boxing mind, figuring out Smith's offensive setup in lightning-quick fashion. Beterbiev realized that as soon as Smith cocked his right hand, he could beat Smith to the punch with a shorter right hand. This pattern recognition led to three knockdowns in the first two rounds. And in a veteran move, after Beterbiev hurt Smith, he didn't allow his opponent time to recuperate. He pressed forward with two fight-ending uppercuts. Beterbiev's power is of course scary; he has yet to go the distance in 18 fights. But as he demonstrated on Saturday, there's much more to his game than a big punch. 

Robeisy Ramirez was a highly touted two-time Olympic gold medal winner when he was signed by Top Rank. He then proceeded to lose his debut in a listless performance against Adan Gonzales, a Colorado club fighter. I was at that fight in Philly and Ramirez didn't look prepared for Gonzales' pressure. Ramirez fought like he expected to win just because he had shown up in the arena. 

Ramirez eventually linked up with noted trainer Ismael Salas, but even with this new pairing he still failed to impress on a consistent basis. He would flash moments of high-level skill and then show an utter lack of urgency. He often seemed happy to squeak by in rounds, even if his opponents were far beneath his skill level. 

On Saturday Ramirez showed that he has finally turned the corner. Facing the best opponent of his career in Abraham Nova, Ramirez fought on Saturday as if his career depended on it, and maybe it did. He punished Nova with his left hand. Refreshingly, he didn't just lie back waiting to counterpunch. In the third round he beat up Nova with cracking power shots. In the fifth he ended the fight with a two-punch combination. The lead right hook missed, but Nova never saw the straight left coming, and suddenly he was on the canvas under the ropes. 

Ramirez's straight left was his money punch
Photo courtesy of Mikey Williams

Ramirez appears to have learned that professional boxing is not just about winning. It's also about creating demand, instilling fear, dominating those beneath you, handling your business, and not resting on your laurels. There will always be room for improvement. The history of boxing is filled with great amateurs who were unsuccessful at the top pro level; Ramirez fought on Saturday as if he didn't want to be anywhere near that list.

Bruce Carrington might be Top Rank's best prospect (there is a healthy competition for that designation at the moment). However, he's not young (25) and turned pro relatively late. Even after Saturday's stoppage win, he only has four pro fights. But in his short pro career he has already demonstrated that he can become a factor in the sport, and quickly. Similar to fellow Top Rank prospect Keyshawn Davis and even a young Errol Spence, Carrington displays a preternatural level of poise that is uncommon in prospects, even in top ones. 

Let me expound on his poise for a minute. Carrington is not only comfortable at all ranges, he can excel in each one. Many top American prospects aren't adept at inside fighting and shy away from it. Yet Carrington loves going to work in the kitchen. More impressively, he's not spooked by incoming fire. He's also not opposed to trading, knowing that his skills and defense will lead to him winning an exchange. 

Carrington has a Roy Jones-like ability to double and triple the same power punch in a sequence while still remaining defensively responsible. He had a sequence on Saturday where he landed a triple left hook on Adrian Leyva. He did the same with several consecutive right hands to the body later in the fight. 

Carrington has every punch in his toolkit, as well as hand speed and power. We still need to find out if he can take a real punch, but the early signals in his professional career scream FULL STEAM AHEAD! 

Top Rank has a stellar pipeline of prospects at the moment and it's tough to keep track of all of them. So many names. So much "talent." But which fighters will be able to distinguish themselves above the "solid prospect" level? Who could be something more? Consider Jahi Tucker. Tucker was a junior national amateur champ and decided to turn pro early. At 19, he's already 8-0 with five knockouts. He's an aggressive fighter with solid technique and power. On Saturday, he repeatedly bested D'Andre Smith with quick one-two's or a double jab followed by the right hand. He marches forward consistently and responsibly. He has a solid boxing foundation and is highly disciplined in the ring for someone of his age.

Tucker still needs to add several facets to his game. Tucker's jab and right hand are far better than his other punches at this point in time. He also doesn't have to get in and out as much. In time he may learn that he can stay in the pocket a little longer and continue to do damage (Carrington does this very well). What Tucker does at this point, he does very well, but we need to see if he has an improvisational gene. How does he make adjustments? 

Overall, there's a lot to like with Tucker, who has a fan-friendly aggressive temperament to go along with his considerable skill level. He fights like he's not interested in going rounds, but he does so behind a solid defense. The early signs are very positive. 

Olympian Troy Isley faced Donte Stubbs on Saturday. Stubbs has become a favorite of Top Rank, with Saturday's fight being his fourth on a Top Rank card. Stubbs had shown a solid chin, an ability to go rounds and a lack of intimidation against guys with more pedigree. Stubbs started Saturday's fight throwing every punch with knockout intentions, with the correct understanding that he had little chance of outboxing Isley. 

Isley (right) lands a right hand on Stubbs
Photo courtesy of Mikey Williams

This type of opponent was exactly what Isley needed. Stubbs forced him to be defensively responsible. Too often top prospects get by in their early developmental fights with hand speed or power, but they make a lot of mistakes in doing so. However, if Isley decided to back straight up against Stubbs, he would've gotten crushed by a winging left hook, and if he was lazy in returning his hands to a solid defensive position, he would've been cracked by counter rights. 

So, Isley passed the first test. A guy was coming in with the sole intention of knocking him out, and Isley remained poised. And if Isley had just boxed his way to a cautious victory against that kind of opponent, it would have been a great learning opportunity for him. But Isley not only nullified Stubbs, he punished him. Isley capitalized on Stubbs' wide shots and scored two knockdowns in the fight, the last one icing him in the sixth. 

Isley is now 6-0 with four KOs. This was the performance that he needed. Throughout his early professional fights he had done nothing to dampen his prospect sheen, but he also wasn't making many waves; he was just progressing. This type of highlight reel KO was important to build his buzz. 

Isley is certainly one to watch, as were all of these winners on Saturday's card. They all performed, entertained and made boxing fans want to see more. And that's what it's about. Create the demand. Keep building. 

Adam Abramowitz is the founder and head writer of saturdaynightboxing.comHe's a member of Ring Magazine's Ring Ratings Panel and a Board Member for the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. 
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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

 I. Home

"Here in Canastota, you can feel the heart of boxing."

-- 2022 IBHOF Inductee Regina Halmich

Nestled in the northern fringes of the Alleghany Plateau about 25 minutes east of Syracuse, Canastota is a bucolic village of 4,800 people that epitomizes the beauty and serenity of large portions of Upstate New York. On the drive into town there's green as far as the eye can see, with hills and mountains not too far in the distance. The main street has no more than a couple of traffic lights. The homes are modest, but well-maintained. It's an unusual yet stirring setting to honor boxing, a sport that's associated more with urban travails than rustic pleasures.

Canastota was home to Carmen Basilio, the great welterweight and middleweight of the 1950s, and that is the village's prime connection to boxing, other than Ed Brophy's quest to honor the sport with the brick-and-mortar museum that was erected in the 1990s. And yet towns like Canastota have played a huge role in boxing. Several towns in New York's Catskill Mountains were famous training locations for many top fighters. A couple hours south of Canastota rests the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, where Muhammad Ali would often hold training camp. These serene locations have frequently been utilized by boxers to refresh, focus and prepare for their biggest nights in the ring.

Photo by Adam Abramowitz

The International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) museum itself is modest, and perhaps a tad disappointing for those who have visited other halls of fame, such as baseball's, just over an hour away in Cooperstown. The IBHOF museum has lots of interesting items and pieces of memorabilia. You can find the old Madison Square Garden ring, tons of fight robes, gloves, plaques for all of the inductees, famous fights shown on loop on the monitors, tickets, programs, and other ephemera. There also is a refreshing nod to today's boxers, with memorabilia from fighters such as Spence, Fury and Lomachenko on display. But the IBHOF surely has far more memorabilia than its three rooms can showcase. And I hope that the museum can eventually expand to display more of its collection.   

The museum itself only played a small role in the weekend's festivities. Brophy and his team at the IBHOF pulled out all the stops. Leading up to induction day, events were held at a huge outdoor stage. Bernard Hopkins and Ring Magazine Editor Douglass Fischer held a great Q&A session. There was also a wonderful referee roundtable that featured luminaries such as Tony Weeks, Jack Reiss, Kenny Bayless, Mark Nelson, Benjy Esteves and others. 

Hundreds watched these sessions in seats facing the stage. Hundreds more stood and lined the perimeter. Fighters signed autographs in tents beyond the stage area. And fans jumped on these opportunities. They didn't care if they were 80th in line to get a Roy Jones autograph; that's the reason why they came to Canastota, to interact with their heroes. IBHOF merchandise flew off the shelves in the museum shop. Boxing dignitaries, fans, media members and those involved in the sport floated around the grounds, stopping for conversations, pictures, handshakes and hugs. 

The Hall of Fame annual boxing memorabilia show was on Saturday about half a mile away from the museum at the high school. Vendors from across the nation displayed their treasures (and some trash) to boxing's hardcore. It was almost impossible not to part with some money. Signed pictures, autographed gloves, old magazine covers, boxing artwork, books, figurines, newspapers from yesteryear – in its own way it was a paradise. I bought a really interesting book on Philadelphia boxing history. The stage in the gymnasium featured a table for boxing dignitaries. 2022 Hall of Fame Inductee James Toney was signing autographs and the line was over 150 deep. 

This year's induction ceremony covered three years – 2020, 2021 and 2022 – and included huge talents such as Mayweather, Hopkins, Marquez, Ward, Cotto, Jones, Toney, Mosley and many more. The unique opportunity to see all of these legends on the same stage compelled thousands of boxing fans to make the pilgrimage for Hall of Fame Weekend. Because of outsized demand, the induction ceremony was moved from the Hall of Fame to the Turning Stone Events Center.

Throughout the weekend in Canastota, in the lobby and bars of the host hotel (Turning Stone Resort Casino), at the ShoBox card on Friday night, at the banquet on Saturday night, and during the induction ceremony on Sunday, boxing was everywhere. And for those accustomed to following the sport in relative isolation, here was a centralized locus for like-minded people. There were old friends to catch up with, boxing fans to meet, and opportunities to bump into the scores who work in boxing in one capacity or another. It was wonderful! And as Halmich said in the quote above, you could feel the heart of boxing. Here, boxing felt vibrant, present and real.  

II. Family

"Without family, you don't have anything."

 -- 2022 IBHOF Inductee Bill Caplan

Although boxing is often viewed as the ultimate solitary sport, a fighter alone in the ring trying to conquer his or her opponent, a key takeaway from Induction Weekend was the importance of family, and this extended to blood relatives, surrogate families and even the boxing community as a whole. 2021 Hall of Fame inductee Shane Mosley credited his accomplishments to his father, Jack. Floyd Mayweather referred to his father as a genius and a great man. Mayweather was joined by over 50 friends, family members, colleagues and business associates to help celebrate the weekend. Bernard Hopkins called two people up to the stage for his induction speech, his son and Rudy Battle, a mentor and former boxing referee from Philadelphia. Kathy Duva, who had lost her husband Dan decades ago, was delighted that her three children could attend the ceremony. An adopted child, Duva was able to locate members of her birth family in the downtime during the pandemic, and she was exuberant that many of them were able to attend the induction ceremony.  

Bernard Hopkins on Saturday
Photo by Adam Abramowitz

Sportswriter Bernard Fernandez, a great scribe from Philadelphia, couldn't attend the ceremony in person as he has been tending to his ailing wife, but Hopkins and Fernandez's fellow Philly writer and friend Joe Santoliquito called him live from the stage during the ceremony, and Hopkins, whom Fernandez covered intimately during his professional career, inducted him. 

Marian Trimiar, a female boxing trailblazer from the '70s and '80s, thanked dozens who had helped her during and after her boxing career, including her live-in medical orderly, whom she regarded as her "sister."

The ceremony was also filled with children, grandchildren and other relatives on hand to accept awards on behalf of inductees who had passed away. 

The induction ceremony encompassed whole ranges of emotions. There was bliss. There was laughter. There was loss. You could feel the inductees' love, joy, hardships and sacrifices. It was raw and at times cathartic. 

III. Victory...but at a cost

"People ask me who was the biggest puncher, who was the toughest opponent. It was the sport of boxing."

-- 2021 IBHOF Inductee Andre Ward

As wonderful as boxing can be, Induction Weekend was a reminder of the dark side of the sport. James Toney, the preeminent trash talker of his day, spoke for no longer than a minute as words no longer come easily for him, at least not in a public setting. Ward admitted that the draw of coming back to the ring has been strong, but every day that he didn't fight meant that he had beaten the sport of boxing. You could still feel Mayweather's antipathy towards those who doubted his ability to become a star or believed that he would squander all of his money. Lou DiBella talked about how hard it has been for him to smell the roses during his time in boxing. Throughout the weekend there were a couple of older ex-fighters making the rounds who walked with visible discomfort, reinforcing the physical toll of the sport.

Even in the ring on Friday night during the ShoBox card, there was a reminder that the dark side of boxing remains present. Heavyweight George Arias won a split decision over Alante Green as a last-minute replacement. But Arias was only on TV because Elvis Garcia had failed a performance enhancing drug (PED) test. 2021 IBHOF Inductee Dr. Margaret Goodman revealed that she had left the Nevada Athletic Commission as a ringside physician because she didn't believe that the commission was doing enough to clean up the sport. In her speech Goodman beseeched the audience to do more to get PEDs out of boxing. And I'm sure the irony wasn't lost on her that on the very same stage where she was being honored for helping to clean up the sport, there were a couple of fighters, now Hall of Famers, who had failed PED tests. 

Many of the female fighters who were inducted during the ceremony reminded those in attendance about the limited opportunities that they had at the time. They didn't necessarily want to be trailblazers; they just wanted to fight, and they didn't have the options or the financial possibilities that many of their male counterparts did. It was great to see Ann Wolfe and Christy Martin and Holly Holm onstage, but if they were fighting now their financial prospects would have been exponentially higher.  

IV. Boxing

"Boxing is the most relatable sport. Everyone knows how it feels to be knocked down in life and that you have to pick yourself back up. It's universal."

-- 2020 IBHOF Inductee Lou DiBella 

As many legends of boxing were honored over the weekend, the next generation was also present. Welterweight champion Terence Crawford was around all weekend, so was his last opponent, the recently retired Shawn Porter. Junior middleweight contender Sebastian Fundora was also there. Oh, there was also a fun fight card. 

Bakhodir Jalolov, the Tokyo Olympics super heavyweight gold medalist, headlined the card and fought into the eighth round for the first time in his professional career. The power in Jalolov's left hand is real and he does different things with it. He walks opponents into it, he can go upstairs or downstairs, and he throws a mean uppercut. He shares some similarities with fellow southpaws Oleksandr Usyk and Zhanibek Alimkhanuly in that his back hand is more than just his dominant power hand; he can use it creatively. 

Jalolov before Friday's fight
Photo courtesy of Stephanie Trapp

Jalolov is now 11-0 with 11 stoppages. With his power, amateur pedigree and the fact that he's in the heavyweight division, he will get significant opportunities sooner rather than later. But he still has a lot to work on. His right hook is more of a concept than an actual punch at this point. He also is a little too impressed with his power. On Friday he repeatedly hit Jack Mulowayi with his biggest punch, but stood there in almost disbelief as Mulowayi remained upright. Instead of following up a big shot with subsequent power punches, Jalolov did a lot of posing, admiring his work. He will need to understand that knockouts often come by putting punches together instead of just landing single shots in a vacuum. But that is all for another day. He still has more than enough time to refine his skill set and he is one of the top heavyweight prospects in the sport.  

And it wouldn't be ShoBox without some obscure guy impressing as the "opponent." Chann Thonson is a 30-year-old lightweight from Quebec who fights out of Toronto. Although he's been a pro for almost six years, he only had ten fights coming into Friday's match, where he squared off against undefeated prospect Ty Tomlin, a DiBella fighter. 

After tasting some serious leather in the first round, Thonson figured out that Tomlin was left-hook happy. He realized that if he moved to Tomlin's right side, he wouldn't face the same amount of danger. Having solved problem #1, Thonson proceeded to crack Tomlin with sharp combinations. When Tomlin would rush in irresponsibly, Thonson would make him pay. Thonson's clean punching continued to have more and more of an effect as the fight progressed and he was able to open up a huge cut on Tomlin. Eventually the fight was stopped in the fifth round because of the cut and no one protested the stoppage. It was a solid, clean TKO victory for Thonson, who could be fighting a lightweight of note really soon. 


Overall, there's much more I could say about Induction Weekend, but I'm sure we can agree that this article has gone on long enough. So, let me end with this: If you have never been to Induction Weekend, you must put it on your list. If you love boxing, you will walk around all weekend with a huge smile on your face. The experience will enhance your connection to the sport and to those who love it like you do. It was unforgettable. 

Adam Abramowitz is the founder and head writer of saturdaynightboxing.comHe's a member of Ring Magazine's Ring Ratings Panel and a Board Member for the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. 
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