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KP BREAKS DOWN CRAWFORD VS GAMBOA

June 27th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

2004 GOLD MEDAL WINNER YURI GAMBOA FACES TERENCE CRAWFORD IN HIS HOMETOWN

Las Vegas, NV- Gaps of inactivity have hampered the ascension and career of former 126lb champion Yuriorkis Gamboa ( 23-0, 16 KOs). Now promoted by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, a superstar rapper and business entrepreneur, Gamboa faces his biggest test at 135lbs, WBO champion Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs) on Saturday.

Yuri Gamboa

Yuri Gamboa

Both have identical records but took completely different paths to achieve success. Crawford is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, where the bout will take place live on HBO. The naturally bigger man has tested the waters at 140lbs in one of his biggest victories, a one-sided rout over tough journeyman Breidis Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs). He earned the title in his last effort, a decisive victory over Ricky Burns (23-3-1, 11 KOs), beating him in Burn’s home country of Scotland. Gamboa on the other hand has only had 2 fights in the two previous years .

IS GAMBOA STILL A GREAT TALENT?

Question marks remain as the Cuban amateur star was a monster at 126lbs. Ultra explosive, fast, dynamic and powerful are a few words to describe how he chose to go about his business. After stopping Jorge Solis (41-2-2 at the time) in 4 one sided rounds in 2011, Solis declared that Gamboa was the hardest puncher he had ever faced. That’s remarkable when you consider that he was stopped by Manny Pacquiao almost four years earlier when Manny was on his tear through the same division. If Gamboa can still crack at 135lbs, this bout becomes even more interesting.

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MIGUEL COTTO-SERGIO MARTINEZ CLASH ON PPV

June 6th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

HBO RETURNS TO SUMMER PAY PER VIEW

Miguel Cotto Crackin' Delvin Rodriguez

Miguel Cotto Crackin’ Delvin Rodriguez

San Francisco, CA- If this was 2011, World middleweight (160 lb.) champion Sergio Martinez would be a prohibitive, say 3-1 favorite against Miguel Cotto. Now just hours before the pair duel in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden crowd Saturday evening in New York City, the essentially unbeaten since 2003 Martinez is a slight betting choice at 7-5.

MARTINEZ FIGHTING IN CARLOS MONZON SHADOW

The current middleweight kingpin is 55-2-2, 28 KOs really hasn’t lost since a 2000 fight where he was stopped by Antonio Margarito, even though he was declared a Majority Decision 12 loser in a 2008 match with the retired (via motorcycle) Paul Williams that was the robbery of the year indeed. The Argentine is highly regarded at home, but few if anyone rates him higher than the late Carlos Monzon.

REMEMBER MARTINEZ-PAUL WILLIAMS HEIST?

After that, the Argentine native who learned boxing in Spain and now lives in Oxnard, CA, Sergio Martinez upset middleweight king Kelly Pavlik who flat out ran from the now paralyzed Williams and fought Martinez instead in 2009, was handily beaten over 12 rounds. In a rematch, Martinez flattened Paul Williams in round two.

BEAT UP “SO-SO” GUYS BEFORE J.C. CHAVEZ

Sergio Drills Wiliams

Sergio Drills Wiliams

After the Williams win Sergio went on a roll by defeating Matthew Macklin (TKO 11), Darren Barker (KO 11) and a TKO 8 over Serhiy Dzinziruk, yawn, yawn and yawn, all the while Martinez was being heralded as one of the top ‘pound for pound’ fighters in the world. But in hindsight, considering the fact that Mackin, Dzinziruk and Barker were fringe contenders at best, Martinez was overrated by myself and a majority of boxing pundits as well.

CHAVEZ LOSES 11 ROUNDS & ALMOST WINS

But the bubble burst in his near shutout over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in 2012 resulting in a leg injury he suffered in round 12, this while getting knocked down by Chavez and falling wrong. The injury brought about an eight month layoff preceded by surgery before a bout with the thought to be limited Martin Murray.

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ANDY RUIZ, JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ, MANNY PACQUIAO BOXING NOTES

May 21st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

“CHUBBY” RUIZ MORE EXCITING THAN MARQUEZ-ALVARADO
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San Francisco, CA- My desire this weekend was to look to the future of boxing in semi-contender Andy Ruiz Jr., rather than praise Juan Manuel Marquez. I sold JM Marquez short as he schooled Mike Alvarado over 12 frames on HBO. And it wasn’t like I said he was going tio lose, I closed with, “Top Rank matchmakers don’t make many mistakes.” They didn’t.

THATY “OTHER” TOP RANK SHOW HAD MORE SPARKS

Before we get to the Forum card, Bob Arum promoted in both Inglewood and Fresno, CA aka “Raisin-ville USA” as the valley played host to a fight card involving the aforementioned undefeated (22-0, 16 KOs) Andy Ruiz Jr. When I tell people I think he’s the best “junior” in the heavyweight division they take it wrong. By “junior” I mean he has yet to be promoted to the “Senior” class of the heavyweight weight class.

“WELL ROUNDED” RUIZ LESS ROUNDED!

At one point and time, Andy looked like an obese guy risking a heart attack boxing at 290+ lbs. and all the while winning. With the prodding of Arum, et al to lose weight, he was 260 lbs. Saturday night in a TKO 2 over Manuel Quezada (22-9, 8 KOs). That being said, a trimmer Ruiz, who will never resemble Evander Holyfield, again flashed extremely fast hands, good footwork and punching power.

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“OLD” JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ ON HBO SATURDAY

May 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

OVER THE HILL MARQUEZ GETS FOE WITH WEIGHTY ISSUES

Marquez "Owned" By Bradley

Marquez “Owned” By Bradley


San Francisco, CA- Most of you don’t remember the Freddie Norwood-Juan Manuel Marquez fight on HBO in 1999. The match stunk so bad that at the post fight party the HBO hierarchy at the time boldly stated, “Marquez is done on HBO.” Almost 16 years later, JMM is still around and yes appearing on HBO this Saturday night vs. Mike Alvarado at the revamped Los Angeles Forum.

MARQUEZ AN ALMOST .500 FIGHTER OF LATE

Mike "Starved" Alvarado

Mike “Starved” Alvarado


Having gone 5-3 in his last eight fights, he’d be 4-4 had he not hit the “chin lottery” and knocked out Manny Pacquiao in 2012 at a point and time when JMM was getting shellacked. The loss to Tim Bradley in October 2013 was a “pathetic” attempt by JMM to resemble a world class fighter. By the end of 12 rounds, Bradley had dominated the slower, older Mexican mauler whose only claim to fame is losing to and then beating Manny Pacquiao.

WHAT MAKES JMM A “GREAT” FIGHTER?

All of this hyperbole about his being a “great” fighter is just that. Marquez is a good fighter, one that is usually well prepared for battle. But don’t confuse him for a knockout artist, a fighter that spews excitement like Marvin Hagler, no JMM is just a guy that happened to give Manny Pacquiao trouble. Outside of that, what has he done since losing his WBA 126 lb. strap to Chris John in 2006? Even though he bested an old and worn out Marco Antonio Barrera, Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz, the only real JMM “highlight reel” type of stuff is the Pacquiao fights.

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MANNY PACQUIAO NIXED FLOYD MAYWEATHER FIGHT

April 17th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

DON’T DISMISS ALEX ARIZA WHEN HE SPEAKS

Pacquiao & Alex Ariza

Pacquiao & Alex Ariza


San Francisco, CA- Nutrition guru and strength conditioning coach Alex Ariza has made quite a mark in his boxing tenure. He started getting props for his being with Manny Pacquiao during a period of time when the Filipino was making an historic romp
Wapakaman Would Never Run From Floyd

Wapakaman Would Never Run From Floyd

through a record number of weight divisions. “Double A” works with other fighters the likes of current WBO 130 lb. kingpin Mikey Garcia and Floyd Mayweather’s next handpicked foe Marcos Maidana.

ARIZA FITNESS HAS HAD SOME ISSUES

Ariza has had his share of red flags working behind the scenes and in the corner. It has been alleged Manny Pacquiao was on Steroids and because of Ariza’s position in the camp, fingers were pointed at him. During the Maidana upset win over Adrien Broner, it appeared to some that Ariza gave Maidana “smelling salts” to revive him between rounds. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. came up dirty, Brandon Rios tested positive in China last year with Ariza on hand. While this is not a pretty picture, so what. My feeling is that Ariza knows his stuff and that you don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

PACLAND FANATICS NOT KIND TO ALEX
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WHAT DOES MANNY PACQUIAO VICTORY MEAN?

April 17th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods

MANNY PACQUIAO HAS DECISIONS TO MAKE

Manny "What Do I Do" Pacquiao

Manny “What Do I Do” Pacquiao


New York, NY- Newly crowned WBO welterweight (147 lb.) champ Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) clearly defeated Timothy Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) this past weekend and has placed himself back in the boxing mix. But will this win have significant implications in Manny’s remaining career? It could, but what matters most is what Manny chooses to do next. Although there aren’t any obvious strides in making a Floyd Mayweather bout, now does appear to be the best time for Manny to cash one more large check before he rides into the sunset. Is there really a point to do anything else?

BRADLEY LEFT TOOLS AT HOME

Tim Bradley was not a betting favorite but appeared determined and motivated enough to earn an undisputed victory over his rival. Although it was the right attitude, his methods proved to be flawed as he burnt himself out early looking to land a knockout punch, which is not something Bradley is known for. A better game plan would have been centered around boxing and out landing Manny, as Tim has the better defense and could have avoided additional punishment by playing it smart.

PACQUIAO BACK NEAR TOP OF ‘POUND FOR POUND’ LIST?

Some are speculating that Manny has now placed himself near the top of the ‘pound for pound’ lists. The Bradley win coupled with Andre Ward and Sergio Marinez’ inactivity, could conceivably place Manny at a top three to five slot in the minds of some. But given Martinez vs Miguel Cotto in June, the landscape could easily shift again shortly. For now, Manny can at the very least benefit from the perception that he’s still viable against the best in the division.

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ARCHIE MOORE SMARTER THAN MANNY PACQUIAO!

April 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

SAW ARCHIE MOORE LETTERS NOW IN HALL OF FAME

Paint On Side Of Pacquiao Bus

Paint On Side Of Pacquiao Bus

San Francisco, CA- In the late 1980s, the late Godfather of boxing writers Jack Fiske showed me a number of handwritten letters from then light heavyweight challenger Archie Moore. “The Old Mongoose” eloquently penned letters to boxing journalists around the world before Joey Maxim was “pressured” by the media to defend against Moore who won the title with a UD 15 in 1952.
Archie Moore

Archie Moore

ARCHIE (MANNY) BEING IGNORED BY MOB (MAYWEATHER)

Had Moore not taken the initiative, he would’ve never gotten the title shot regardless of who was champion. Moore wasn’t keen on the Mob (Blinky Palermo & Frankie Carbo) handling him. Knowing Moore was anti Mafia, Palermo and Carbo for years kept the title away from Moore who everybody knew was the uncrowned light heavyweight World champion. Archie kept winning and his being ignored continued until he got a pen and paper to write to journalists.

DESIGN A BUS WITH FLOYD’S KENTUCKY FRIED EMBLEM

With newspapers all but dead in today’s Internet driven media, that probably would not work for Pacquiao. But like Cassius Clay embarrassed Sonny Liston by driving his personalized bus up to Sonny’s house and throwing a bear trap on his lawn, following Sonny from here to there which annoyed Liston immensely as he had to answer to the media. Manny needs to think outside the box. The media was all over this and this helped Clay, later Ali, get the title fight that nobody thought he had a chance of winning.

LISTON GOT PISSED & THE FIGHT WAS MADE

Sonny was so taken aback and embarrassed that he agreed to fight the upstart loudmouth who called himself “The Greatest,” upset huge odds and the rest is sports history. When Manny Pacquiao said post fight Saturday that “The (telephone) line is open,” that was about as ineffective as a thermometer in hell.

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LISTEN RING TALK BOXING HOUR & PACQUIAO-BRADLEY REVIEW!

April 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao

Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao

San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured a Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley review with writer Kevin Perry who had picked Manny to beat Bradley.

SATURDAY IS ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS

This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network & the I Heart Radio Network which has an hour of boxing with the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.

29+ YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

To listen to Pacquiao-Bradley post fight and this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button. If you are on a mobile device, try clicking link here to listen to podcast. If you are having issues please leave a comment. http://www.sportsbyline.com/broadcast/RingTalk/RT_041214.mp3

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MANNY PACQUIAO DOMINATES TIM BRADLEY

April 13th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

MANNY PACQUIAO SHAKES GHOST OF TIM BRADLEY

Pacquiao Out Punching Bradley

Pacquiao Out Punching Bradley


San Francisco, CA- It was a night where “smoke & mirrors” were at work. First up, we need to recognize Manny Pacquiao dominating Tim Bradley with two 116-112 (8-4 rounds) scorecards and a 118-110 (10-2) tally. In just about every manner of pugilistic measure, Manny Pacquiao was a better fighter than Tim Bradley. Outside of that, it wasn’t Marvin Hagler-Tommy Hearns, but Manny clearly landed more telling punches than Bradley.

WHAT DOES BEATING BRADLEY SET UP?

With a record of 56-5-2, 38 KOs, Congressman Manny Pacquiao appears to be out of super fights unless you consider he and Juan Manuel Marquez for the 19th rime. Speaking of, JMM may have bitten off too much with a May fight with Mike Alvarado (time for a low back injury). Now I realize the brains at Top Rank think this is a winnable fight for Marquez, I’m not so sure he doesn’t get out boxed by the Colorado fighter. Were he to lose, Marquez vs Pacquiao would not have the market value it does would today.

SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT ANOTHER MARQUEZ FIGHT

From a fan’s perspective, should Juan win they need to make the 19th Pacquiao fight while it still smells like Downy treated clothes and not a used sock. As for Bradley, now 31-1, 12 KOs, that thumping Ruslan Provodnikov put on him is telling. Working behind some type of “mental block” Tim failed to really do anything but clown around defensively as if he were Roberto Duran, when the reality is that Tim was only in this fight because he got a gift the first time and beat Provodnikov on the official scorecards, but NOT the Neurological ones.

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LISTEN NOW RING TALK PAC-BRADLEY PREVIEW WITH PACMAN

April 12th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley

Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley

END OF PACQUIAO OR BRADLEY RUN AT HAND?

San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured a Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao preview with writer Jarrad Woods backing Bradley and web czar Kevin Perry being of the opinion that Manny wins. We’ve also got some Manny Pacquiao audio.

SATURDAY IS ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS

This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network & the I Heart Radio Network which has an hour of boxing with the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.

29+ YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

To listen to the Pacquiao-Bradley preview and this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.

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WILL TIM BRADLEY END MANNY PACQUIAO ERA?

April 11th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods

BRADLEY-PACQUIAO REMATCH NOT TOO TOUGH TO CALL

Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley

Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley


New York, NY- This weekend features the WBO welterweight (147 lb.) rematch bout between ex-champ Manny Pacquaio (53-5-2 38 KOs) and titleholder Timothy Bradley. Bradley is facing Pacquiao primarily because the majority of fans did not believe he deserved the nod in their controversial 2012 first bout. Since then, Bradley has gone on to defeat Juan Manuel Marquez and Ruslan Provodnikov, while Pacquiao was knocked out by Marquez and rebounded by defeating Brandon Rios in Macau, China. Putting the controversial first bout aside, it does appear that Manny is on the decline and Bradley is peaking, but this is boxing and anything can happen. Let’s explore who’s is more likely going to be a winner on Saturday night.

BRADLEY TO WIN AT ALL COSTS

Over the course of Tim Bradley’s career, I’ve been one to pick against him. I’ve seen him dropped and hurt on occasions by ESPN level talent on more than one occasion, and at times thought he was out on his feet. I didn’t think Bradley would beat Devon Alexander and I didn’t see him beating Manny the first time or even Marquez when they fought. The Provodnikov fight was one Bradley was “hurt” often. But Tim won all of the aforementioned bouts and has consistently done what needed to be done to win his contests. Simply put, Tim Bradley is a proven champion.

Marquez "Owned" By Bradley

Marquez “Owned” By Bradley

PACQUIAO & PROVODNIKOV FIGHTS ONLY SCRATCHES

But if there is a blemish on Bradley’s resume, it is the controversial bout he won against Manny Pacquiao. While most would say Pacquiao won, Bradley himself believes that he won the fight, 8-4 in rounds. He also feels he beat Ruslan Provodnikov. Although I agree that Tim should not have won the Pacquiao fight, I can see that Manny was not as effective against Bradley as many generally believe. And Bradley also suffered injuries to both feet in the bout. But with public opinion against his favor, it’s up to Bradley to prove he can do what he hasn’t done, to beat Manny Pacqauio definitively.

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VIDEO: MANNY PACQUIAO-TIM BRADLEY FACE OFF!

April 11th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

MANNY PACQUIAO & TIM BRADLEY CLASH SATURDAY

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MANNY PACQUIAO-TIM BRADLEY II DANGEROUS FOR BOTH

April 9th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao

Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao

PACQUIAO & BRADLEY PUT CAREERS ON LINE

San Francisco, CA- He wasn’t rich and reportedly had just a single sweat suit to his name. But this kid that could barely speak English who was sitting outside this Potrero Hill district gym on a bench waiting for a ride in 2001 was none other than Manny Pacquiao. The upstart IBF 122 lb. claimant who had upset Ledwa Ledwaba for the strap was set to battle the Ric Flair of boxing, the late Dominican Agapito Sanchez who was the “dirtiest player in the game.”

HALL OF FAME REFEREE DENKIN MADE RIGHT MOVES

In other words, “anything goes” was alright with Sanchez who met a violent demise in his homeland a few years back. But he gave Manny Pacquiao the toughest test he has ever had as both a man and a boxer. Slick low blows, an occasional elbow and some well placed head butts had Manny bleeding and looking for a way out. Because of his many decades near the top of refereeing, Marty Denkin kept things in check and the fight that could have went either way was ruled a Technical Draw.

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BOXING NOT FAIR WITH CURRENT WEIGH INS

March 19th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Floyd Mayweather Is a TRUE Welterweight

Floyd Mayweather Is a TRUE Welterweight

WEIGHTY PROBLEMS IGNORED

San Francisco, CA- This article is the first in what will be a series on some much needed improvements regarding the safety of boxing. This first installment looks at the current system of weighing fighters in the day prior to a fight.

THE NOW “FAKE” WEIGHT CLASSES

Having myself been a big jr. welter (140 lbs), while at the same time an undersized welter (147), nobody was more concerned at most of my weigh ins than yours truly. Once I weighed 143 and change for a welterweight bout in Las Vegas at the Showboat Hotel. Having hit the scale early in the week for the Golden Glove National Regionals, when I looked across the ring five days later at a 165 lb. Ernie Chavez, I thought, “That must be his brother.” After almost beheading me, southpaw Ernie would later rock Meldrick Taylor’s world before losing and then retiring soon thereafter.

ALMOST EVERYBODY NOW DOING WHAT ERNIE DID

With the exception of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and maybe Grandpa Nard’ Hopkins, just about every professional fighting today at the championship level (except heavyweights) is fighting at least one weight class lighter than what he should be. Example: Jorge Arce was under 112 lbs. for a flyweight title at the weigh in. Time and again Jorge would weigh over 125, sometimes as much as 128 + stepping into the ring. At the same time his foes were coming into the ring circa 115-118. Can you imagine what a ten pound advantage is at that weight?

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SEE BROKEN BONES OF FLOYD MAYWEATHER POSSE VICTIMS

March 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

“PULITZER PEDRO” RIGHT AGAIN!

San Francisco, CA- Having received a slew of messages saying, “You’re full of s*it” or “You’re just a Floyd hater, etc.,” all I can say is that having written for others to read for some 40+ years, only a fool would think I would be foolish enough to tangle with a millionaire that has a posse of attorneys in addition to thugs. This kind of behavior is what Floyd Mayweather is all about!

Bones Broken At Floyd Mayweather's Directive

Bones Broken At Floyd Mayweather’s Directive?

SUPPORT GROUP HAS BEEN MUTED

The beatings sustained by two former Mayweather employees can at the very least bring about Attempted Murder and Mayhem charges for all involved. Some of Floyd’s faithful claimed that TMZ and Mayweather were running a P.R. game together, when it’s pretty obvious they were not. Hate to be the first to tell you this, but it’s possible that Floyd Mayweather may in time meet the “Tossed Salad” man of comedian Chris Rock fame.

FLOYD PRESENT DURING AMBUSH

Sources close to the case say that Floyd Mayweather was indeed present when his posse beat the snot out of these two so far unidentified male victims whi were former Mayweather employees that he accused of stealing some of his bling. As a former San Francisco Policeman and Private Investigator, I can’t see Floyd getting out of this because he was there.

LIST OF THE REPORTED INJURIES

Broken right pinkie; Broken left ulna; (Ulna is a bone near the elbow); Cracked right ulna; Multiple fractures in left hand that required pins to reset the bones. Reports say the left arm of one man was so badly broken that doctors had to drill into the bone to attach a titanium plate.

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