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Alfonso Salvador Gómez Becerra (born October 28, 1980), best known as Alfonso Gómez, is a Mexican professional boxer. His big break as a professional boxer was as a competitor on the reality TV show The Contender, where he finished third out of sixteen fighters and instantly became a household name and a fan favorite. In his 18 years as a professional boxer he fought 17 title holders including World Title holders such as Saul Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, Shawn Porter, Arturo Gatti, Jose Luis Castillo, Ishe Smith, and Peter Manfredo Jr.

Alfonso Gómez
Statistics
Real nameAlfonso Salvador Gómez Becerra
Weight(s)Light welterweight
Welterweight
Light middleweight
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
NationalityMexican
Born (1980-10-28) October 28, 1980 (age 38)
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights33
Wins25
Wins by KO12
Losses6
Draws2
No contests0

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Personal lifeEdit

Gómez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, but his parents subsequently moved to the city of Oakland, California where his boxing career began as a self-defense class due to constant bullying. He then moved to [[Napa, CA where he graduated from Napa High School. After graduating, him and his family moved to Southern California to explore better boxing opportunities and to enter college in Irvine. He has two brothers, Jesus Zeuz and Roberto Robb, who are part of a local hip hop en espanol group called Hy3rid H3. He now lives in Long Beach, CA and has two children, his daughter Heidi Luna Gomez and his son, Leon Harel Gomez.

Boxing careerEdit

Coming off a strong amateur career where he represented Mexico in the quarterfinals of the 2000 Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the Americas,[1] Alfonso Gomez turned pro in 2001, and was used by his first few managers as a stepping stone fighter for hotter-looking prospects. Alfonso knew the disadvantages in each fight as a "stepping stone" so he trained extra hard to prove himself. After winning a few fights against undefeated protected fighters in which he was supposed to lose, the media nicknamed him, "The Executioner of the Undefeated," and the real life story of the "True Underdog" began.

The ContenderEdit

In 2004, Alfonso got on the boxing reality TV show The Contender as an alternate for a chance to win one million dollars, though he had to fight above his natural weight(Welterweight) at Middleweight due to the show's weight class choice. On the show, he was placed on the West Coast team (as was Ishe Smith) and he challenged the highly ranked Peter Manfredo in the first fight in a surprising move after Joey Gilbert seemed reluctant to take the first fight of the show against the undersized Jeff Fraza. With the exception of Ishe and Alfonso himself, both teams were skeptical as to Alfonso's chances, but Alfonso beat the then-undefeated Rhode Islander in a shocking fight where he outhustled, outboxed, and outfought Manfredo over five rounds, sending him home, though Peter was brought back later on the show due to Jeff Fraza contracting a case of chicken pox.

In the quarterfinals, he beat the confident Ahmed Kaddour (who had been brought back in to replace Juan de la Rosa and as a thinly-veiled attempt by Manfredo, Brinkley, Gilbert, and Bonsante to psych out Ishe Smith) by unanimous decision in a tough matchup that Manfredo was allowed to make as the challenge winner of the week at the time. Gomez outworked Kaddour the first 3 rounds, coming in off his jab and straight right, followed by hard body shots, throwing twice as many punches as Kaddour the first two rounds, absorbing punishment throughout the fight but consistently pushing the pace. Kaddour fought in hard flurries, landing the harder shots throughout the fight, especially the right hand lead and left hook knocking Gomez back a step or two occasionally stunning him, but then Kaddour would back off and move until ready to stage his next assault. Gomez suffered some pretty bad swelling, especially after walking into full force straight rights and left hooks in the final 2 rounds when their workrate was closer, but Gomez won 48-47 on Marty Denkin's scorecard and 49-46 on Chuck Hassett and Ray Corona's cards.

The Semi-Final round saw Gomez up against Manfredo again. Gómez was still bruised up from his previous fight against Ahmed Kaddour and Manfredo won their rematch by UD in a tough seven round fight. Like their first fight, Gomez seemed to have the advantage after five rounds, but Manfredo seemed fresher in the last two rounds to win the fight, though both landed plenty of punches on each other. Gomez, whose jaw was incredibly swollen after taking lots of punishment from Kaddour and Manfredo back-to-back, visited Manfredo in the locker room to wish him well moving on.

On the finale show, Gomez defeated fellow semi-final loser Jesse Brinkley, the consensus favorite in their match and hardest single-shot puncher of Season 1, by unanimous decision on May 24, 2005 in the "Bronze match" of the Contender show. Brinkley won the first round of their fight behind a series of stiff jabs and hard right hands, but Gomez won the next two rounds close behind good counter-punching and short combinations. The fourth round had a few swings, as Brinkley came back and dominated the first half of the round landing some huge punches, but Gomez was able to weather the storm and hurt Brinkley to the body badly in the second half of the round and beat him up during the second half to take the round. In the final round, Gomez continued to beat up Jesse until the last ten seconds, when Gomez celebrated his probable win a little prematurely and Brinkley got him with a big right hand at the bell, though Gomez was able to take the punch without being seriously hurt. He may take some consolation from having beaten Brinkley in the 3rd Place Fight, which guaranteed him a nice packet of prize money(200k and a 2005 Toyota Tundra)—and the whole Contender experience catapulted him to a world ranking of 21 out of 861. Even though he did not come out as the overall winner of the show, Gomez probably garnered the largest fan following of the fighters from Season 1.

Comeback trailEdit

Going back to his original weight class range of Welterweight/Light Middleweight, Gomez fought Luciano Perez in a five-round contest on October 15, 2005 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on the Contender Rematch card, and won by fourth round TKO. Perez was game, but sorely outclassed in terms of boxing skill and Alfonso landed a high amount of punches on Perez throughout the match until the referee stopped the fight late in Round Four.

Gomez fought Jesse Feliciano for a third time to a draw after a long layoff on May 5, 2006 at the Aladdin Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on the Latin Fury card with the Contender Season 1 champion Sergio Mora. The fight was a candidate for Fight of the Year. For most of the first four rounds, Gomez outboxed the rugged Feliciano, but coming off a long layoff and having to move a lot with Feliciano's relentless pressure, Gomez lost his leg stamina at the end of the 4th round and had to bang with Feliciano. Both guys landed tons of leather on each other in the following rounds, but Jesse seemingly got the better of the next two rounds. In the 7th and 8th rounds, Gomez seemed to get a second wind as he got some of his legs back and seemed to edge the last two rounds, but Feliciano still landed on him a good amount and came forward throughout, making those two rounds debatable. Gomez won 77-75 on one judge's card, but the fight was scored 76-76 on the other two cards, rendering the rubber match between the two a draw.

On August 25, 2006, Gomez fought Carson "Kid" Jones in an eight-round bout at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA. He pressured a game Jones throughout and beat him up pretty badly over the eight rounds until the referee stopped the fight in Round Eight. While Jones was clearly losing, it was a quick stoppage as Jones was still able to defend himself to some extent at the time.

Gómez was a part of the American team on The Contender Challenge: UK vs. USA, where he was pitted against the hard-punching Martin Concepcion on March 30, 2007. Alfonso won due to TKO from an uppercut followed by a left hook late in the 7th round after having largely dominated the fight prior to that.

Gomez vs GattiEdit

Arturo Gatti needed a decent comeback opponent to determine whether he still had anything in the tank after a tough stoppage loss to Carlos Baldomir a year earlier. HBO gave the Gatti team a list of acceptable opponents and the Gatti team picked Gomez for Gatti to come back against, as Gomez was regarded by the Gatti team as a crude brawler type, a light puncher, and slow. The fight was also meant to be a setup fight for Gatti vs Julio César Chávez, Jr.. Instead, Gómez defeated the favored Arturo Gatti on July 14, 2007 via 7th-round TKO in a dominant effort, landing right hands repeatedly over Gatti's jab and generally getting off first with his own jab and short combinations to Gatti's head and body.[2] Gatti retired following this match.

Gomez vs TackieEdit

Three months later Gomez outpointed Ben Tackie in a unanimous decision in Carson, California on October 16, 2007, where Gomez also broke his right hand in the 2nd round hitting the iron-chinned Tackie with an uppercut. Gomez threw an incredibly high volume of punches in the early rounds despite his injury, outboxing Tackie, but Tackie kept the pressure on throughout and made the last few rounds of the fight hard for Gomez. However, Gomez fought through the pain of his hand and got the clear decision win. The Tackie win was supposed to set up a future match against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, but the Chavez Jr team did not want to make the match. Instead, Alfonso got a shot against then WBA Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, who needed a stay-busy opponent to hype up a possible Antonio Margarito-Cotto match, with Margarito fighting Kermit Cintron on the same card.

World Title ShotEdit

Gómez faced and lost against Miguel Cotto via 5th-round TKO on April 12, 2008 after the ring-side doctor declared him unable to continue after receiving constant punishment from Cotto over the five rounds. Alfonso came into the fight with a still injured right hand (broken in the Tackie fight) and after a training camp which he was badly ill at one point so he was not in his best condition in the ring, and Cotto dominated him, landing nearly forty punches a round against him before the ringside doctor stopped the fight prior to the 6th round, though Gomez wanted to continue the fight.[3]

ComebackEdit

On May 1, 2009 after a long layoff Alfonso Gomez (19-4-2, 9 KOs) stopped Juan Buendia (14-3-1, 8 KOs) in a high action fight with a left hook to the liver in the 8th round, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. He expressed a desire to fight Julio César Chávez Jr, but Jr was now hovering around Middleweight so this fight was unlikely to happen.

On August 29, 2009, Gomez scored a first round stoppage of Raul Munoz in Hawaii on a card with Brian Viloria. He hurt Munoz with the first right hand he threw, then poured it on until dropping Munoz with another big right hand-left hook to body-right hand to face combination. Munoz got up in time, but was still damaged from the left hook to the body, and Gomez hit him with a few more punches, including another left hook to the body, and Munoz took a knee and indicated no ability to continue so the referee stopped the fight. This win by Alfonso set up a fight with Jesus Soto-Karass, a solid Top Rank prospect with a long winning streak and a high action style.

On November 14, 2009, Gomez fought against the favored Jesus Soto-Karass on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto undercard "Firepower" at the MGM Grand. In a reasonably competitive action fight, Gomez outboxed Soto-Karass for the first four rounds of the affair, during which Soto-Karass committed a large multitude of low blow fouls upon Gomez that ultimately cost him two points, and headbutted Gomez badly by accident in the 3rd round, opening a large cut around Gomez's right eye. The cut bled profusely throughout until it necessitated a doctor stoppage in the sixth round of the fight, sending the fight to a Technical decision, which Gomez won 58-54, 57-55(x2). Gomez also attained the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title as a result of this victory.

Gomez fought José Luis Castillo on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey undercard on March 13, 2010, at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas. It was pretty much a fight to determine whether Castillo had anything left or not as Castillo came into the fight off a small win streak, but against mostly mediocre competition, with the last solid opponent he faced having beaten him pretty easily in Sebastian Lujan. Gomez outboxed and beat up Castillo for five rounds before Castillo retired in the corner prior to the 6th round. Castillo did not have anything in this fight and announced his retirement immediately after the fight, though he changed his mind a few weeks later. Gomez thanked him for the opportunity in the post-fight press conference and mentioned some of the memories he had of Castillo.

Gómez has always expressed a desire to become a World Champion. He is coached by his father, Alfonso Gómez, Sr and has been managed for some years now by Gary Gittelsohn, who also manages Brian Viloria. Alfonso is now being promoted by Top Rank

Potential fight Vs. Chavez Jr.Edit

On December 4, 2010, Gomez was signed to get the fight he's expressed a desire for many times before, a matchup with the undefeated Julio César Chávez Jr at Middleweight(the contracted weight was 157) for Chavez Jr's WBC Silver Middleweight belt on the In Harm's Way card as the main event. However, during training for the bout Alfonso tore some ligaments in his left elbow and had to withdraw from the card, and will undergo a few months of rehab. For his part, Chavez Jr was set to fight Powel Wolak as a replacement bout, but after adjusting the weight limit for said match to 165 lbs, Chavez Jr himself had to pull out due to the flu messing up his training and weight loss.

ReturnEdit

Gomez fought and beat Calvin Green via 2nd Round TKO on May 21 at the Morongo Casino in California on a Fox Deportes card for his comeback fight off the injury to his left elbow. Green caught him a few times with hooks in the first round, but Alfonso mostly dominated that round with good counter-punching and combinations to Green's head and body. It was more of the same in Round 2 when Gomez slipped a Green jab midway through the round and countered with a big straight right that got Green in trouble. Gomez went after and cornered Green, threw some more combinations and got another big right hand counter in that forced a stoppage by the referee.

Gomez vs AlvarezEdit

On September 17, 2011, Alfonso Gomez got another shot at a World Title when he took on Canelo Álvarez for his WBC Light Middleweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.[4] The card was part of the "Star Power" undercard featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Victor Ortiz and shown as part of a split-site venture.

Gomez and Alvarez got off to a tentative start in Round 1, with Alvarez playing counterpuncher and Gomez playing pressure fighter. The round was close until the very end of it, where Alvarez caught Gomez with a kind of half hook, half jab while Gomez came in on him somewhat off-balance. The punch scored a flash knockdown on Gomez, swinging the round in Alvarez's favor. In Round 2, Gomez picked up the pace and his strategy for fighting Alvarez was apparent, he would come in very low using upper body movement on Alvarez to avoid counters, fire off his jab and throw short combinations to Alvarez's head and body. This strategy proved to be effective as Alvarez was not able to time Gomez and had his offense blunted by Gomez's workrate. Alvarez would slip in a hard shot here and there, but Gomez was outlanding/outworking him by a wide margin and constantly bringing the fight to Alvarez. This pattern continued in Rounds 3 and 4. In the first half of Round 5, Gomez had a good start to the round but Alvarez finished up the round strong letting his hands go a bit more to make the round debatable. In Round 6, both men had their moments, but near the end of the round, Alvarez caught Gomez with a counter right uppercut that stunned Gomez. Gomez went back to the ropes, put his guard up, Alvarez came after him with a flurry of six or seven punches, the majority of which were partially blocked by Gomez, but the relatively unknown referee for the fight Wayne Hedgpeth called the fight in Alvarez's favor after the flurry. By the accounts of the HBO commentary team and general consensus, the stoppage of the fight was very fast as Gomez seemed to be able to defend himself and wasn't that hurt, making the stoppage look fishy. Also, despite seemingly controlling, setting the pace of the fight, and outlanding/outworking Alvarez by a wide margin for the majority of the fight, Gomez as it turned out was losing 49-45(x2) and 50-44 on the official scorecards prior to the stoppage, while unofficially HBO had the fight a draw. Gomez said after the fight that Alvarez hit pretty hard and was a good counterpuncher, but he felt that the referee was looking for a reason to stop the fight in Alvarez's favor and so he stopped the fight too early. He said he knew something like that could happen with Alvarez's backing and it is what it is. He also stated his plan to go back down to the Welterweight division and try to win a championship there.

Gomez vs VargasEdit

On May 5 as part of the undercard for Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto also dubbed "Ring Kings", Alfonso Gomez was to be fighting hot Mayweather Promotions prospect Jessie Vargas in a ten-round Welterweight fight. However, Gomez injured his back in training a couple of weeks prior to the fight and was forced to withdraw from the card, with a fellow former Contender Steve Forbes stepping in as his replacement to fight Vargas. He has stated that he hopes to get the fight with Vargas at a later date.

Gomez vs PorterEdit

On July 28, 2012, Alfonso Gomez faced off with undefeated Welterweight prospect Shawn Porter as the opener for the Guerrero vs Aydin card in San Jose. Porter is best known for being Manny Pacquiao's chief sparring partner to help prepare him against Miguel Cotto back in 2009.

Gomez vs Porter was a great action fight that was possibly a Fight of the Year candidate for 2012. The athletic Porter did well using his handspeed in particular to land combinations on Gomez, being busier and landing more punches throughout the fight, but Gomez returned fire with the cleaner, harder shots throughout, landing some very clean straight rights and left hooks to Porter's body and head, which made most of the rounds tough to call. The fight was a rough one, with both fighters landing a lot of punches and clashing heads multiple times. By the end, Porter had two cuts over his eyes, one being really nasty near the end, and Gomez had pretty bad swelling in terms of the damage they dealt to each other. Shawn Porter won by UD, 96-94, 97-93, and 98-92.

Gomez vs ParedesEdit

After a near two-year layoff due to injuries and somewhat unlucky circumstances regarding a prospective Victor Ortiz fight, Gomez returned to the ring to face Ed "The Lion" Paredes in a ten-round Jr. Middleweight fight on July 9, 2014 in Las Vegas as the main event of a Fox Sports 1 card. It was a solid action fight and competitive, but Gomez was able to outbox and outfight Paredes over the ten rounds despite suffering two questionable knockdown calls against him by referee Kenny Bayless in Round 4 and Round 6. He won by a wide decision on the cards.

Gomez vs KamegaiEdit

On March 20, 2015, Alfonso Gomez fought Yoshihiro Kamegai as part of a Fox Sports 1 card at the Fantasy Spring Casino in Indio, California. Kamegai is best known for his action, pressure style and giving Robert Guerrero all he could handle in a slugfest in 2014. The fight was an action packed battle, as predicted by Gomez. Although he had made statements before the fight that he had a new and better adjusted style for himself and not a "typical mexican" style of fighting, Gomez and Kamegai fought toe to toe virtually the entire match. Gomez began leading on points early on, making an effective usage of his jab versus a determined Kamegai who kept absorbing punches and going forward, seeking Gomez' liver. An accidental headbutt mid-fight cost Gomez a point deduction. Gomez' demonstrated superior ring generalship, keeping close to his opponent, and despite Kamegai keeping the pressure on at all times, Gomez was able to administer some spectacular counter punches that saw Kamegai's head literally twisting in the opposite direction. Both boxers appeared more and more tired as the fight went on. At the end of the bout, the unanimous decision by a wide margin was awarded to Gomez, his second win after his recent comeback.

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
33 fights 25 wins 6 losses
By knockout 12 2
By decision 13 4
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
33 Win 25–6–2   Yoshihiro Kamegai UD 10 Mar 20, 2015   Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, U.S.
32 Win 24–6–2   Ed Paredes UD 10 Jul 9, 2014   Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
31 Loss 23–6–2   Shawn Porter UD 10 Jul 28, 2012   HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, U.S. For vacant WBONABO welterweight title
30 Loss 23–5–2   Canelo Álvarez TKO 6 (12), 2:36 Sep 17, 2011   Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. For WBC light middleweight title
29 Win 23–4–2   Calvin Green KO 2 (10), 1:24 May 21, 2011   Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.
28 Win 22–4–2   José Luis Castillo RTD 6 (10), 0:10 Mar 13, 2010   Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas welterweight title
27 Win 21–4–2   Jesús Soto Karass TD 6 (10), 2:14 Nov 14, 2009   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas welterweight title;
Unanimous TD after Gómez was cut from an accidental head clash
26 Win 20–4–2   Raúl Muñoz KO 1 (10), 1:01 Aug 29, 2009   Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
25 Win 19–4–2   Juan Manuel Buendia TKO 8 (10), 1:07 May 1, 2009   Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
24 Loss 18–4–2   Miguel Cotto RTD 5 (12), 3:00 Apr 12, 2008   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. For WBA welterweight title
23 Win 18–3–2   Ben Tackie UD 10 Oct 16, 2007   Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
22 Win 17–3–2   Arturo Gatti TKO 7 (10), 2:12 Jul 14, 2007   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
21 Win 16–3–2   Martin Concepcion TKO 7 (8), 2:23 Mar 30, 2007   Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
20 Win 15–3–2   Carson Jones TKO 8 (8), 2:28 Aug 25, 2006   Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S.
19 Draw 14–3–2   Jesse Feliciano MD 8 May 4, 2006   The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
18 Win 14–3–1   Luciano Perez TKO 4 (5), 2:00 Oct 15, 2005   Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
17 Win 13–3–1   Jesse Brinkley UD 5 May 24, 2005   Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
16 Loss 12–3–1   Peter Manfredo Jr. UD 7 Sep 23, 2004   Pasadena, California, U.S. Part of NBC's reality TV show "The Contender"
15 Win 12–2–1   Ahmed Khaddour UD 5 Sep 15, 2004   Pasadena, California, U.S. Part of NBC's reality TV show "The Contender"
14 Win 11–2–1   Peter Manfredo Jr. UD 5 Aug 18, 2004   Pasadena, California, U.S. Part of NBC's reality TV show "The Contender"
13 Win 10–2–1   Julio Cesar Lanzas UD 6 Feb 28, 2004   Radisson Graystone Castle Hotel, Thornton, Colorado, U.S.
12 Win 9–2–1   Patrick Thompson TKO 5 (6), 1:12 Nov 22, 2003   Reliant Park, Houston, Texas, U.S.
11 Win 8–2–1   Jose Antonio Ojeda MD 6 Sep 13, 2003   Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
10 Win 7–2–1   Antonio Garcia KO 2 (6), 1:56 Jul 19, 2003   Reliant Park, Houston, Texas, U.S.
9 Win 6–2–1   Juan Carlos Amezcua TKO 3 (6) May 10, 2003   Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
8 Loss 5–2–1   Jesse Feliciano UD 6 Feb 28, 2003   Orleans Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
7 Win 5–1–1   Michael Santos UD 6 Jan 24, 2003   Crowne Plaza Hotel, Commerce, California, U.S.
6 Win 4–1–1   Dumont Welliver UD 4 Nov 1, 2002   Orleans Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
5 Draw 3–1–1   Leobardo Roman SD 2 (6), 0:44 Mar 29, 2002   Radisson Hotel, Sacramento, California, U.S.
4 Win 3–1   Jesse Feliciano SD 4 Dec 28, 2001   Orleans Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
3 Win 2–1   Antonio Garcia KO 1 (4), 3:00 Oct 25, 2001   Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, U.S.
2 Loss 1–1   Ishe Smith UD 4 Jun 15, 2001   Orleans Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
1 Win 1–0   Pedro Antonio Ochoa SD 4 May 19, 2001   Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, U.S. Professional debut

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "American Olympic Qualifiers - Tijuana (MEX) -2000". Amateur-boxing.strefa.pl. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  2. ^ "'Contender' graduate Gomez dominates in win". ESPN.com. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  3. ^ [1] Archived December 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Donovan "Don Da Bomb" George to get shot at IBO Super Middleweight title May 17". Boxing 24/7. Retrieved 3 August 2015.

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