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Encyclopedia > World Boxing Council
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The World Boxing Council was initially created by 11 countries: the United States, Argentina, United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Philippines, Panama, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, and Brazil plus Puerto Rico, met in Mexico City on February 14, 1963, upon invitation of the then President of Mexico, Adolfo López Mateos, to create an international boxing organization that would achieve the unity of all commissions of the world to control the expansion of boxing. WBC logo mark File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... WBC logo mark File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Mexico City (in Spanish: Ciudad de México, México, D.F. or simply México) is the capital city of Mexico. ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... The President of the United Mexican States is the head of state of Mexico. ... Adolfo López Mateos (26 May 1909 – 22 September 1969) was President of Mexico from 1958 to 1964, representing the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). ...


The groups that historically had recognized several boxers as champions included the New York State Athletic Commission, the National Boxing Association, the European Boxing Union and the British Boxing Board of Control but these groups lacked generally of the one aspect they boasted of: their status of "international". The New York State Athletic Commission, also known as the New York Athletic Commission, regulates all contests and exhibitions of unarmed combat within the state of New York, including licensure and supervision of promoters, boxers, professional wrestlers, kickboxers, mixed martial arts fighters, seconds, ring officials, managers, and matchmakers. ... WBA is also an abbreviation for West Bromwich Albion F.C., an English football team. ... The European Boxing Union (also popularly known to boxing fans as EBU) is an organization that oversees competition in that sport over the continent of Europe. ... The British Boxing Board of Control is the governing body of professional boxing in the United Kingdom. ...


The WBC is one of three major organizations recognized by IBHOF which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the IBF, WBA. The modern International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) is located in Canastota, New York, United States, within driving distance from the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. ... For other senses of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer (disambiguation). ... IBF redirects here. ... World Boxing Association (WBA) is a boxing organization that sanctions official matches, and awards the WBA world championship title, at the professional level. ...

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Championships

The WBC's green championship belt portrays the flags of all of the 161 member-nations of the organization; the flags of the original 12 member-nations are displayed on the belt’s ovular, gold center-plate (surrounding a boxer raising his arm in victory). All WBC World title belts look identical regardless of weight class; however, there are minor variations on the design for secondary and regionally-themed titles within the same weight class. A WBC Title belt is a highly sought-after collector's item.


The WBC has nine regional governing bodies affiliated with it, such as the North American Boxing Federation (NABF), the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF), the European Boxing Union (EBU), and the African Boxing Council (ABC). This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) is a professional boxing organization that sanctions title fights in the Asian and Pacific region. ... The European Boxing Union (also popularly known to boxing fans as EBU) is an organization that oversees competition in that sport over the continent of Europe. ...


Although rivals, the WBC's relationship with other sanctioning bodies has improved over time, and there have even been talks of unification with the WBA. Unification bouts between WBC and other organizations' champions are becoming more common in recent years. Throughout its history, the WBC has allowed some its organization's champions to fight unification fights with champions of other organizations, although there were times it stepped in to prevent such fights. For many years, it also prevented its champions from holding the WBO belt. When a WBO-recognized champion wished to fight for a WBC championship, he had to abandon his WBO title first, without any special considerations. This, however, is no longer the case.


In 1983, the WBC took the unprecedented step of reducing the distance of its world championship bouts, from 15 rounds to 12—a move other organizations soon followed (for boxers' safety). Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ...


Among those to have been recognized by the WBC as world champions were Wilfredo Benitez, Wilfredo Gómez, Julio César Chávez, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Salvador Sanchez, Hector Camacho, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Carlos Monzon, Roberto Duran, Juan Laporte, Felix Trinidad, Edwin Rosario, Mike Tyson, Alexis Arguello, Nigel Benn and Lennox Lewis. Wilfred Benitez (born September 12, 1958), also known popularly as Wilfredo Benitez, is a Puerto Rican boxer. ... Wilfredo Gómez (born October 29, 1956) is a former boxer and three time world champion. ... For this mans son, also a boxer, see Julio César Chávez, Jr. ... For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ... Sugar Ray Leonard (born May 17, 1956) is an American who is a former boxer. ... Salvador Sánchez Santiago (January 26, 1959 - August 12, 1982) was a Mexican boxer born in the small town of Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico. ... Héctor Camacho (born May 24, 1962), nicknamed Macho Camacho, is a boxer. ... Marvelous Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler in Newark, New Jersey, May 23, 1954), is a former American boxer. ... Carlos Monzon (August 7, 1942- January 8, 1995) was an Argentinian boxer who held the world middleweight title for 7 years, during which he made a then-division record of 14 defenses. ... Roberto Duran (b. ... Juan Laporte (born November 24, 1959) is a former boxer who was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico. ... Félix Tito Trinidad Jr. ... Edwin El Chapo Rosario (1961-1997) could be considered a boxing version of the Puerto Rican plant Mori-vivi (Mori-Vivi means dead-alive in Spanish). ... Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is a former American world heavyweight boxing champion and is the youngest man to have won a world heavyweight title. ... Alexis Argüello (born April 19, 1952), is a former world champion Nicaragua. ... Nigel Benn (born January 22, 1964) is an English former boxer who held world titles at both Middleweight and Super Middleweight. ... Lennox Claudius Lewis CBE (born September 2, 1965 in West Ham, London, England) is a retired professional boxer who represented Canada in the Olympics and fought under the British flag as a professional. ...


The WBC bolstered the legitimacy of women’s boxing by recognizing fighters such as Christy “The Coalminer’s Daughter” Martin and Lucia Rijker as contenders for World Female titles in 16 weight divisions. The first WBC World Female Champion (on May 30, 2005) was super-bantamweight (limit of 122 lb. / 55.338 kg.) Mexican, Jackie Nava. With her former-champion father at ringside, Laila Ali won the super-middleweight (limit of 168 lb. / 76.204 kg.) title on June 11, 2005. Christy Martin (born June 12, 1968) is a female boxer. ... Lucia Rijker (born December 7, 1967) is a Dutch professional female boxer and kickboxer. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Laila Ali (born December 30, 1977 in Miami Beach) is the daughter of Muhammad Ali and his third wife Veronica Porsche Ali. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Former WBC presidents include Luis Spota and Ramon G. Velazquez of Mexico, Onslow Fane of Great Britain and Justiniano N. Montano, Jr. of the Philippines. The organization's current president is Jose Sulaiman. José Sulaiman (* ) Born May 30, 1931 in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico) is a Mexican boxing official. ...


The WBC and Don King

Many in the boxing community have accused the WBC of bending its rules to suit powerful promoter Don King. As journalist Jack Newfield says, “...[WBC President Jose] Sulaiman became more King’s junior partner than his independent regulator.”[1] Another journalist, Peter Heller, echoes that comment: “Sulaiman...became little more than an errand boy for Don King.” Heller also quotes British promoter Mickey Duff as saying, “My complaint is that Jose Sulaiman is not happy his friend Don King is the biggest promoter in boxing. Sulaiman will only be happy when Don King is the only promoter in boxing.”[2] Don King Wax Sculpture Donald Don King (born December 6, 1931), is a successful American boxing promoter particularly known for his hairstyle and flamboyant personality. ... Jack Newfield, (1938-2004), was a muckraking journalist, employed by the New York Post. ... José Sulaiman (* ) Born May 30, 1931 in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico) is a Mexican boxing official. ...


The actions of the WBC give some credence to this charge. A partial list:

  • When Leon Spinks won the WBA and WBC Heavyweight championships from Muhammad Ali in 1978, the WBC stripped Leon Spinks of his title. Jose Sulaiman said the WBC did so because Spinks was signed for a rematch with Ali instead of fighting a Don King fighter, Ken Norton. Norton then defended the WBC title against another Don King fighter, Larry Holmes, who won the belt.[3]
  • In 1983, WBC Super Featherweight champion Bobby Chacon was signed to fight the WBC’s mandatory challenger for his title, Cornelius Boza-Edwards. Promoter Don King, however, wanted his fighter, Hector Camacho, to fight for the title. Even though WBC rules said the mandatory challenger should receive a shot at the title, the WBC withdrew its sanction from the fight and then stripped Chacon for refusing to fight Camacho.[4]
  • Under WBC rules, a fighter is supposed to defend his title against a mandatory challenger at least once a year. For fighters controlled by Don King, this rule is often ignored. Mike Tyson, Alexis Arguello, and Carlos Zarate, for instance, were allowed to ignore their obligations to their mandatory contenders while WBC champions.[5]
  • While WBC Super Featherweight champion, Julio César Chávez wanted to fight top contender Roger Mayweather for a promoter other than Don King. The WBC withheld its sanction of the fight until Don King became promoter.[6]
  • When Mike Tyson lost to James "Buster" Douglas during a WBC and WBA Heavyweight championship defense, Don King convinced the WBC (along with the WBA) to withhold recognition of Douglas as heavyweight champion. King claimed that Tyson had actually won the fight due to knocking down Douglas and the referee giving Douglas a “long count."[7] Referee Octavio Meyran, in a sworn affidavit, claims that King threatened to have the WBC withhold payment of Meyran's hotel bill if Meyran did not support King's protest.[8] Because of intense public pressure, both the WBA and WBC backed down and recognized Douglas as champion.
  • In 1992, the WBC threatened to strip Evander Holyfield of his title for defending it against Riddick Bowe instead of Razor Ruddock. Holyfield obtained a court order to stop the organization. In a taped deposition for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Holyfield stated that the WBC wanted him to defend his championship against Ruddock because Ruddock was managed by Don King.[9]
  • During the 1990s, the WBC did not allow its champions to engage in unification bouts with WBO champions. However, in 1993, the Don King promoted super-middleweight showdown between WBC champion Nigel Benn and WBO champion Chris Eubank was recognized as a title unification fight by the WBC. Ironically, both men fought to a draw and each retained their respective titles.
  • When Mike Tyson was released from prison in 1995, the WBC installed him as their #1 contender for their heavyweight championship. Tyson had not fought in four years, but was promoted by Don King.
  • In 2000, King-promoted Julio César Chávez was the mandatory challenger for Kostya Tszyu's WBC super lightweight title. Chávez was the mandatory challenger though he had not fought at super lightweight for two years, had recently lost to journeyman boxer Willie Wise, and had not beaten a top contender since losing his first fight to Oscar de la Hoya in 1996.
  • In 2005, the WBC stripped Javier Castillejo of his super welterweight title for fighting Fernando Vargas instead of Don King-promoted Ricardo Mayorga. Mayorga somehow qualified for a shot at the super welterweight title despite the fact that he had never fought at that weight limit and had lost two of his last three fights.

Leon Spinks (born July 11, 1953 in St. ... This article is about the hall of fame boxer. ... For the politician and activist, see Larry Holmes (Marxist). ... Boxing weight class names are not always consistent, as shown in the following table: Weight classes for boxing at the 2004 Summer Olympics: See also Boxing Reigning boxing champions Categories: | ... Bobby Chacon (born 1951) is a former boxer and two time world champion. ... Cornelius Boza Edwards (born May 27, 1956 in Kampala, Uganda) is a former world Junior Lightweight boxing champion. ... Héctor Camacho (born May 24, 1962), nicknamed Macho Camacho, is a boxer. ... Alexis Argüello (born April 19, 1952), is a former world champion Nicaragua. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For this mans son, also a boxer, see Julio César Chávez, Jr. ... Roger Mayweather (born April 24, 1961) was a boxer who won two major world titles in two different weight classes. ... James Buster Douglas (born April 7, 1960 in Columbus, Ohio) is a former undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion, who scored the biggest upset in the history of boxing by knocking out Mike Tyson on February 11, 1990 in Tokyo, Japan. ... Octavio Meyran Sanchez is a former Mexican boxing referee. ... Evander The Real Deal Holyfield (born October 19, 1962 in Atmore, Alabama) is a professional boxer from the United States and a multiple world champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. ... Riddick Lamont Bowe (born August 10, 1967, Brooklyn, New York) is an American boxer and former undisputed heavyweight champion. ... Razor Ruddock might refer to the following people Donovan Ruddock - a heavyweight boxer from Canada Neil Ruddock - an England international football player This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... The World Boxing Organization (WBO) is one of the sanctioning organizations currently recognizing world boxing champions. ... Nigel Benn (born January 22, 1964) is an English former boxer who held world titles at both Middleweight and Super Middleweight. ... Chris Eubank (born Christopher Livingstone Eubanks on August 8, 1966) is a boxer and British celebrity who held the WBO Middleweight and Super Middleweight titles. ... Konstantin Kostya the Goit Tszyu (Russian: Константин (Костя) Цзю, pronounced in Australian English) (born September 19, 1969) is a Russian- born boxer of mixed Russian, Korean and Mongol descent. ... Oscar de la Hoya (IPA pronunciation: [1]) (born February 4, 1973) — nicknamed the Golden Boy — is an Mexican American/Chicano boxer who won a gold medal for the United States Boxing Team at the Barcelona Olympic Games. ... Francisco Javier Castillejo (born February 3, 1968) is a boxer from Spain. ... Ricardo Mayorga (born October 3, 1973 in Managua, Nicaragua), He is the former WBA/WBC Welterweight champion and the former WBC Junior Middleweight champion. ...

Near Demise

In early 1998, Roy Jones, Jr. announced that he was relinquishing his WBC world Light-Heavyweight Championship. In response, the organization ordered a bout between German contender Graciano Rocchigiani and former champion Michael Nunn to fill the vacancy, sanctioning it as a world championship match. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Roy Jones Jr. ... Graciano Rocchigiani (born December 29, 1963 in Duisburg-Rheinhausen, Germany), was a professional boxer in the Light Heavyweight (175lb) division. ... Michael Nunn was an American boxer who was born March 14, 1964 in Davenport, Iowa. ...


On March 21, 1998 Rocchigiani won the fight and a WBC belt; in the subsequent WBC rankings, he was listed as “Light-Heavyweight World Champion." Jones, however, had a change of heart and asked if the WBC would reinstate him as the champion. In a move that violated nearly a dozen of its own regulations, the WBC granted the reinstatement. Rocchigiani received a letter from the WBC advising that the publishing of his name as champion was a typographical error, and he had never really been the official titleholder. is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


Rocchigiani immediately filed a lawsuit against the WBC in a U.S. federal court, claiming that the organization's actions both were contrary to their own rules and injurious to his earning potential (due to diminished professional stature). On May 7, 2003, the judge ruled in Rocchigiani's favor, awarding him $30 million (U.S.) in damages and reinstating him as a former WBC Champion (Rocchigiani had lost a bout since his WBC Title match). The United States federal courts are the system of courts organized under the Constitution and laws of the federal government of the United States. ... is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The following day, the WBC sought protection by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (i.e., corporate debt restructuring) in Puerto Rico. The organization then spent the next 13 months attempting to negotiate a six-figure settlement with Rocchigiani, but Rocchigiani did not at first accept. Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration—see text) in the United Kingdom. ...


On June 11, 2004, the WBC announced it would enter Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation (i.e., business closing and total asset sell-off) proceedings, effectively ending its existence. This action prompted some in the boxing community to plead with Rocchigiani to settle the dispute, which he did in mid-July 2004. is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Criticism

Like the WBA, IBF, and WBO, the WBC is almost universally criticized in the boxing community for its alleged corruption. Numerous contenders are considered unworthy of their respective rank by boxing critics and magazines. Likewise, many of its champions are not considered to be the world’s best fighters in their particular divisions. Of their current 17 recognized Champions, about eight are considered by most experts to be the theoretical “true champions” of their divisions.


Current WBC world title holders

Male

Champions since 1920 of heavyweight boxing of 5 most important Associations
Champions since 1920 of heavyweight boxing of 5 most important Associations
Weight class: Champion: Date won:
Strawweight Flag of Thailand Oleydong Sithsamerchai November 29, 2007
Light flyweight Flag of Mexico Edgar Sosa April 13, 2007
Flyweight Flag of Japan Daisuke Naito July 18, 2007
Super flyweight Flag of Mexico Cristian Mijares September 18, 2006
Bantamweight Flag of Japan Hozumi Hasegawa April 16, 2005
Super bantamweight Flag of Mexico Israel Vázquez August 4, 2007
Featherweight Flag of Venezuela Jorge Linares July 27, 2007
Super featherweight Flag of Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez March 17, 2007
Lightweight Flag of the United States David Diaz August 12, 2006
Super lightweight Flag of the United Kingdom Junior Witter September 15, 2006
Welterweight Flag of the United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. November 4, 2006
Flag of the United States Shane Mosley (Interim) February 10, 2007
Super welterweight Flag of the United States Vernon Forrest July 28, 2007
Middleweight Flag of the United States Kelly Pavlik September 29, 2007
Super middleweight Flag of the United Kingdom Joe Calzaghe November 4, 2007
Light heavyweight Flag of the United States Chad Dawson February 3, 2007
Cruiserweight Flag of the United Kingdom David Haye November 11, 2007
Heavyweight Flag of Russia Oleg Maskaev August 12, 2006
Flag of Nigeria Samuel Peter (Interim) September 25, 2007

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Female

Weight class: Champion: Date won:
Strawweight Flag of the United States Carina Moreno 2007-05-17
Light flyweight Flag of Thailand Samson Sor Siriporn 2007-04-03
Flyweight Flag of Mexico Stefania Bianchini 2005-08-07
Super flyweight Flag of Mexico Ana Maria Torres 2007-04-16
Bantamweight Flag of Mexico Susana Vazquez 2007-06-01
Super bantamweight Flag of Argentina Alejandra Marina Oliveras 2006-05-20
Featherweight Flag of Australia Sharon Anyos 2005-10-22
Super featherweight Flag of Canada Jelena Mrdjenovich 2005-11-18
Lightweight Flag of Canada Jessica Rakoczy 2007-02-22
Super lightweight Flag of the United States Mary Jo Sanders 2005-07-30
Welterweight Flag of the United States Holly Holm 2007-03-22
Super welterweight Flag of Trinidad and Tobago Jisselle Salandy 2006-09-15
Middleweight Flag of the United States Yvonne Reis 2006-04-01
Super middleweight Flag of the United States Laila Ali 2006-11-11
Light heavyweight Vacant
Cruiserweight Vacant
Heavyweight Flag of the United States Vonda Ward 2007-02-10

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See also

Other world organizations

Other world organizations

The International Boxing Association (IBA) is a for-profit organization that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards world and subordinate championships. ... The International Boxing Council (IBC) is a lightly regarded boxing sanctioning body whose world champions often lack widespread recognition. ... IBF redirects here. ... The International Boxing Organization (IBO) is a for-profit organization that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards world and subordinate championships. ... One of two Boxing sanctioning bodies, The first, founded in 1910, is now the European Boxing Union. ... World Boxing Association (WBA) is a boxing organization that sanctions official matches, and awards the WBA world championship title, at the professional level. ... The World Boxing Federation (WBF) is a lightly regarded boxing sanctioning body whose world champions often lack widespread recognition. ... The World Boxing Organization (WBO) is a sanctioning organization currently recognizing professional boxing world champions. ... The World Boxing Union (WBU) is a lightly regarded boxing sanctioning body whose world champions often lack widespread recognition. ... The Womens International Boxing Association (WIBA) a sanctioning body for womens professional boxing came into existence in July 2000, and quickly grew into a major force in the sport. ...

Affiliated organizations

The Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) is a professional boxing organization that sanctions title fights in the Asian and Pacific region. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The European Boxing Union (also popularly known to boxing fans as EBU) is an organization that oversees competition in that sport over the continent of Europe. ... Fecarbox refers to Federacion Centroamericana de Boxeo Profesional--a Central American sanctioning body within Jose Sulaimans World Boxing Council. ...

Transitions of WBC titles

This article or section is incomplete and may require expansion and/or cleanup. ... HEAVYWEIGHT Oliver McCall (USA) Record: 51-8, 36 K0s CRUISERWEIGHT Rudolf Kraj (Czech Rep) Record: 12-0-0-, 9 K0s LT. HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE VACANT SUPERMIDDLEWEIGHT Denis Inkin (Russia) Record: 31-0-0, 24 K0s MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE VACANT SUPERWELTERWEIGHT Vincent VUMA (South Africa) Record: 23-2-0, 14 K0s WELTERWEIGHT Lucky... The following is a list of female world champions in the World Boxing Council. ...

References and Notes

  1. ^ Newfield, Jack (1995). Only In America. New York, NY: William & Morrow Co., 141. ISBN 0688101232. 
  2. ^ Heller, Peter (1988). Bad Intentions: The Mike Tyson Story. New York, NY: New American Library, 143. ISBN 0688101232. 
  3. ^ Newfield, Jack (1995). Only In America. New York, NY: William & Morrow Co., 141. ISBN 0688101232. 
  4. ^ Heller, Peter (1988). Bad Intentions: The Mike Tyson Story. New York, NY: New American Library, 220-221. ISBN 0688101232. 
  5. ^ Newfield, Jack (1995). Only In America. New York, NY: William & Morrow Co., 141. ISBN 0688101232. 
  6. ^ Newfield, Jack (1995). Only In America. New York, NY: William & Morrow Co., 141. ISBN 0688101232. 
  7. ^ Newfield, Jack (1995). Only In America. New York, NY: William & Morrow Co., 287-289. ISBN 0688101232. 
  8. ^ Sugar, Bert (October 1990), "In This Corner", Boxing Illustrated 32, no. 8: 4
  9. ^ Heaney, John (December 1992), "The Senate Investigation: Much Ado About Nothing", Boxing Illustrated 35, no. 10: 38

External links

  • WBC official homepage

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