The Eastern Euro Surge

By Ted Sares on April 17, 2013
The Eastern Euro Surge
Gennady Golovkin is the quintessential boxer/puncher—the complete package. (HBO)

Boxers from Eastern Europe are fast erasing the stereotypes of being robotic, technically boring, and straight-up…

All of a sudden, boxers from Eastern Europe are making great fights seemingly everywhere. Ukrainians, Uzbekistanis, Belarusians, Kyrgyzstan, Bulgarians, Armenians and especially Kazakhstanis, Russians, and Poles are fast erasing the stereotypes of being robotic, technically boring, and straight-up.

Au contraire, fans that choose to be global in their perspective are now getting a little bit of everything—exciting and free swinging brawlers, boxer/punchers, skilled technicians, spoilers, vicious closers, KO artists, legend busters, and even defensively-flawed heavyweights. 

The surge might have started when rangy Andrzej Fonfara (23-2), who has gone undefeated in his last 14 outings, beat Glen Johnson in July 2012. Hailing from Warsaw but now living in Chicago, this light heavyweight continues to improve and impress. Johnson should have retired after this one, but choose to fight on.

Gennady Golovkin hails from Kazakhstan and is no longer a stranger as he now shares the limelight with the Klitschko brothers. Fans eagerly await GGG’s next bout. Golovkin is the quintessential boxer/puncher—the complete package; he is marvelous to watch because he combines so many attributes including great stamina, musculature with minimal body fat, well-honed technique, numbing KO power in either hand, superb footwork and balance, and the ability to use perfectly leveraged combinations that exact tremendous punishment. His propensity to close the ring and walk down his opponent means that he goes on the stalk from the get-go. A master at keeping the right separation, GGG quickly gets comfortable and relaxed in an appropriate range, and begins using his crunching jackhammer jabs that set up his heavy artillery of hooks, straight rights, and the occasional jarring uppercut. The entire scenario is like the work of an artist, but instead of paint on a canvas, this artist uses controlled violence.

His destruction of Pole Grzegorz Proska, Gabe Rosado, and most recently Nobuhiro Ishida have set him up for a fight with and another destruction of Matthew Macklin in June. A future fight with elite Russian Dmitry Pirog would be compelling, but an engagement down the road with Sergio Martinez would be more so.

Russians

“The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming.”—Different sources

Ruslan Provodnikov took part in a surprising Fight of the Year-type affair with Timothy Bradley and affirmed the old adage, “Never go toe-to-toe with a Russian.” While he is the antithesis of GGG skill-wise, he proved to be equally brutal and heavy-handed. Ruslan also affirmed the great sportsmanship and non-trash talking that is the wont of these Eastern European fighters as he later acknowledged that the losing decision he suffered against “Desert Storm” was a fair one.

Russian Denis Grachev (13-1) continues to play the role of spoiler as he ruined Zsolt Erdei’s undefeated streak on March 30 with a disputed SD win. “The Pirate,” a former Muay Thai world light cruiserweight champion, also spoiled slick Ismayl Sillakh’s 17-0 mark, Vladine Biosse’s 11-0 record, and Azea Augstama’s 9-0 tally. His next test will be against Edwin Rodriquez (23-0) on July 2013 in Monte Carlo. “La Bomba” had best be careful.

Robert Stieglitz ambushed Armenian Arthur Abraham with a blitz to regain his super middleweight title. A possible and intriguing rubber match is in the offing. While the Russian-born Stieglitz will probably not join the ranks of the elite, he clearly is capable of making things interesting for those seeking entry.

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev’s” recent demolition of favorite Gabriel Campillo (21-4-1) in Connecticut earned him great publicity and made many observers take notice, but serious fans already knew that he had been mugging opponents on a regular basis. Recent victims include Lionel Thompson (12-1) and Darnell Boone in Pennsylvania, and Roman Simakov (19-1-1) in Russia. The Krusher comes from Chelyabinsk, Russia, the town where the meteor recently hit. With a 20-0 record, he is making himself known as a force to be reckoned with and has future champion written all over him.

Evgeny Gradovich (16-0) seemingly came out of nowhere on March 1, 2013, to upset IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib (35-1) at Foxwoods. Showing tremendous grit and determination, the well-conditioned and well-prepared Russian kept stalking the underestimating Dib until the very end to win a shocking but well deserved SD and capture the title.

Fan-friendly and active heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov (17-0) hails from Moscow but fights out of Oxnard, California. He has knocked out every opponent he has faced, but “Mago,” as he is known, has defensive flaws that make him vulnerable. And that vulnerability adds to the excitement when he fights. Sooner or later, someone will exploit his weaknesses but until that happens; Mago brings badly needed heat into the ring.

Denis Lebedev (25-1) is the current WBA world cruiserweight titleholder and is somewhat of a legend buster having brutally KO’d Roy Jones Jr., and having slaughtered James Toney over 12 rounds of pure beat down. His only loss, a controversial one, to Serb Marco Huck was in 2010. Denis is set to defend his title against Panamanian bomber Guillermo Jones (38-3-2) in May in Russia. Don’t bet against him, as his KO percentage is an impressive 73 and many of his knockouts have been of the “Highlight Reel” variety. The free swinging southpaw’s recent KO of previously undefeated Colombian Santander Silgado was just plain frightening. The end came by way of a devastating left uppercut to the chin to the delight of the home crowd at Moscow’s Crocus City Hall.

Denis Boytsov is a Russian heavyweight with a perfect 32-0 record and a KO percentage of 78. However, his major flaw is that he is only 6’1” and in this age of giant heavyweights, he simply is too short to hold his own against the New Norm.

Undefeated Peruvian lightweight Jonathan Maicelo (19-0) was unwisely lured into a shootout with Russian Rustam “Mangust” Nugaev (23-6-1) and though he looked to even on the cards, he gassed and was sent to Lima Dreamland by a malefic lead, short right hand thrown by the bigger and more durable Russian. Once again, this fight demonstrated the folly of getting into the phone booth with these Russians.

Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (16-0) will square off with Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (47-2) on June 22 in Moscow. The Pole’s WBC cruiserweight title will be at risk.  Diablo holds a TKO win over Danny Green and split a pair with Steve Cunningham several years ago. The Machine TKO’d Zack Page last year and that should give some sense of the Russian’s power. This one has upset written all over it.

The Poles

Two aging Poles by the names of Andrew Golota and Przemyslaw Saleta put on a slugfest in February that was one for the ages. Most expected something dull and non-compelling. What they got was a Pier Six brawl and a possible candidate for Fight of the Year. Both will never fight again but they left us with memories of what happens when two old-timers decide to let it all hang out in an Eastern Euro war.

Speaking of wars, Artur “The Pin” Szpilka beat Mike Mollo earlier in the year in Chicago in still another action-packed fight that had the crowd standing and roaring from the first round until the end. The 6’4” Szpilka (from Poland), though reasonably adept offensively, was otherwise flawed and was floored twice. The only question was whether a bloodied Mollo could put him away before gassing out. The answer came late in the sixth round when the deadpan Pin finally caught Mollo with a snapping and power-laden straight left that put the ultra-game Chicagoan down and out allowing the Polish fans in the crowd to go bonkers.

Bulgaria

In 2012, the 6’4”, 250-lb. Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (17-0) beat Michael Sprott, Alexander Dimitrenko, and Alexander Ustinov, all in Germany. Prior to 2012, The Cobra beat a number of solid opponents including Travis Walker, Derric Rossy, Dominic Quinn, and Paolo Vidoz.  For a big man, Kubrat, who enjoyed a celebrated amateur career, has solid athleticism, ring smarts, speed, and agility. He gets off first, uses punishing and surprisingly fast jabs, and is heavy-handed with a tendency to grind down his opponents until they take a knee and quit. Interestingly, Pulev has stopped two opponents in a row who are over 6’7 (Ustinov and Dimitrenko), making him a distinct threat to the Klitschkos should one of the cautious brothers decide to take the risk. Pulev may be too good for his own good.

Uzbekistan

Bahodir “Baha” Mamadjonov may have put the icing on the cake of this surge when he shocked, destroyed, and upset highly touted Cuban lightweight Angelo Santana in Las Vegas on April 12. The undefeated Santana was floored once in Round 8 and twice in the 9th before the slaughter was halted.

Of equal importance, this loss by Santana may have been the last straw for Don King’s thinned out promotional stable. As BLH’s Scott Christ states, “Angelo Santana, the hyped, 24-year-old Cuban lightweight prospect, may have been the true nail in Don King’s coffin as a relevant promoter tonight, stopped in the ninth round by Baha Mamadjonov after three knockdowns, halting the rise of King’s last somewhat advanced prospect.”

Clearly, the “mix” is no longer homogeneous in nature; it’s more bouillabaisse than soup.

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  1. Ted 09:56am, 05/10/2013

    Medzhid Bektemirov (12-0) beat Randy Griffin on May 9 to win the 111
    vacant WBC United States (USNBC) light heavyweight title. Another Russian that bears watching.

  2. Ted 01:20pm, 04/27/2013

    Uke Oleksandr Cherviak just stopped German Dustin Dirks in Germany. The surge continues.

  3. Ted 07:00am, 04/21/2013

    In his first step up after fighting morgue inhabitants, Zapir “Zap” Rasulov beat super featherweight Devis Perez in Panama and moved to 26-0 with 23 KOs and a KO percentage of 88. The jury is still out on this Russian.

  4. Ted 10:13am, 04/20/2013

    That’s a great analogy Sal. These guys are disciplined, listen, train, and remain focused on what they do. They shun self-promotion and trash talk because the fane sin Easteren Europe do not appreciate that. Niether do the trainers and/or managers.

    It’s a different approach. May not be better; may not be worse. Jsut different and one that goes back to the values of the 50’s when boxers in the USA did the same thing.

  5. CoachSal 07:58am, 04/20/2013

    A few years ago Real Sports with Bryant Gumbal did a story on how college basketball coaches from America were starting to find success in Europe coaching those kids the fundamentals of basketball. The coaches complained that American kids want to play street ball and are not coachable. That is why you are seeing more Europeans in the NBA today.

    The same could be said for American Boxers. The boxers coming from other parts of the world like Eastern Europe seem like they are responding well to being coached. They make weight, they train and they look awesome. They probably listen and do what they are told too.

  6. Ted 05:59am, 04/19/2013

    Nicolas, two quotes that might help explain my thrust on this:

    For a sport with a supposed problem developing new stars, the stateside emergence of Golovkin as a middleweight terror couldn’t have come at a better time.—Bryan Armen Graham (SI.com)

    It’s … very intriguing to think of the possible match-ups available for Triple G at 154, 160, and possibly 168 pounds.—Joseph Herron (ESB)

  7. Ted 05:42am, 04/19/2013

    nicolas, what I said what that all of a sudden they are making great fights. But the list you gave me is a good one for sure. Kostya Tszyu was the first for sure, but the Klits opened the door for the rest.

    Good post, my friend.

  8. nicolas 02:59am, 04/19/2013

    I’m surprised that Ted Feels that all of a sudden Eastern Europeans seem to have come onto the scene making great fights everywhere. First of all ever since the 90’s they have been on the scene with the fall of the iron curtain, and I would also suggest that if anything their presence on the European scene was a positive for European boxing especially as it seemed to be on the decline in the 1980’s if one studies the Ring Magazine ratings on BOXREC year by year. Their presence I think it could also be argued helped other European fighters fight better opposition, and be better prepared to fight on the world stage. At the same time however, only the Klitschko brothers at present I would call the genuine champions and number one in there division. Other men from behind the once iron curtain hold some titles, from Cruiserweight to jr middleweight, Jr. Welterweight, and down to featherweight, but I cannot really take them to seriously as champions at this time. The following list that I will show are the fighters who came from former iron curtain countries, and who I consider the best fighters pound for pound in my top ten. 1) Vitali Klitschko, 2) Wladimir Klitschko, 3) Kostya Tszyu, 4) Dariusz Michalczewski, 5) Henry Maske, 6) Victor Darchinyan, 7) Tomasz Adamek, 8 Yuri Arbachakov, 9) Orzubek Nazarov, 10) Sven Ottke.

  9. Ted 03:23pm, 04/18/2013

    Prov, Mares will sacrifice himself to get in there with Rigo. That’s something Donaire chose not to. But yes, Rigo would beat Mares. However, I’m not so sure about Mikey Garcia who has big power in both hands and could test Rigo’s suspect chin.

  10. Don from Prov 01:39pm, 04/18/2013

    maybe he’d have trouble hitting him even with a handful of STONES
    Plural Plural Plural

  11. Don from Prov 01:38pm, 04/18/2013

    Ted sir, I think the Mares chin might get dented by Rigo—
    Who he would have trouble hitting with a handful of stone

  12. ted 12:28pm, 04/18/2013

    B.J. should tend to his boxing. Sooner or later he will get a chance to prove what he thinks about Russian and then we will not hear from him again.

  13. Don from Prov 11:52am, 04/18/2013

    So I’ve missed Kovalev three time on CBS?

    Don’t know how I manage to miss their Fight-Night.
    Anyway, what’s up with B.J.Flores stating that the Russians die out after 3 rds.
    He should ask the Germans about that shit.

  14. Don from Prov 11:35am, 04/18/2013

    ALL of the Eastern European fighters you’re highlighting seem to share one asset—toughness.  I’ll love watching what they do over time.

    Kovalev is a fighter who I really want to see.

  15. Ted 09:13am, 04/18/2013

    Irish, I think Mares has a style that could give Rigo issues. Also, Mikey Garcia has the power to do something. But Rigo is as slick as BP oil in the Gulf.

  16. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:59am, 04/18/2013

    Ted Sares-I concur with Farrell on all points as well….however when there is such a disparity in skill sets, I posit that Nonito’s only real option (Plan B) was to get inside and rough him up and at the least take him out of his comfort zone and certainly not to stay outside on the end of Rigo’s fists! I’m saying this….Rigo’s power was a major factor in the way things worked out last Saturday.

  17. ted 08:41am, 04/18/2013

    err, make that Irish. Good God. Sorry but one of my screen names on another site is “King of Typos.”

  18. Ted 08:30am, 04/18/2013

    Hopkins will stay away from GGG like Gennady had a case of the clap.

  19. ted 08:26am, 04/18/2013

    Irish, here is a good analysis of the Rigo fight that I agree with on all points:

    ANALYSIS From Charles Farrell:

    “Last night Guillermo Rigondeaux was the best boxer, hands down, in the world. Whether he remains so (he’s old, after all; a good deal older than his promoters would tell you) is neither here nor there. He was operating at a level of sophistication, while reducing Nonito Donaire to a novice, that viewers (one of whom was Donaire’s trainer, Robert Garcia) were ill-equipped to decode. Unfortunately, boxing fans have been taught to value effort–the visible trappings of a struggle–more than they do consummate efficiency. It’s not enough that a fighter is trying; he has to look like he’s trying. So if a fighter doesn’t move too much, doesn’t throw more punches than are necessary, feints and drops his shoulders in subtle ways, and doesn’t put himself at risk if there’s a way not to, viewers grow restive, which is what they did last night. I admit that it bothered me to hear the crowd booing the best performance in recent years. People were disappointed that Rigondeaux didn’t engage enough. Why should he have? He won every minute of every round, with the exception of being tagged with a hard shot that dropped him in the 11th (also largely unnoticed was that he was unhurt, and handily dominated the remainder of the round). It’s worth noting, too, that when Donaire opened the final round by going for broke, Rigondeaux immediately upped the ante and nearly scored a knockout (had there been a 13th round, it would likely have been the last of the fight).”

  20. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:58am, 04/18/2013

    Matt Mosley-If you really must know, just before posting, I polished off a big greasy bacon and egg sandwich for breakfast, washed down with two frosty ice cold Buds!

  21. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:48am, 04/18/2013

    Ted Sares-After all the post fight analysis of the Rigo/Nonito fight, here is my very basic take on what went down last Friday….Nonito got a very rude awakening in the first round when he found out that Rigo might run but he can hit very hard as well….in fact hard enough to seriously hurt Nonito ...and Nonito acted accordingly for the balance of the fight save for the tenth round!

  22. Matt Mosley 07:43am, 04/18/2013

    Irish - I would like to have some of what you are drinking if you think GGG and Floyd are the same size.
    :)

  23. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:33am, 04/18/2013

    GGG and Mayweather, who probably walks around at a solid 170 when not training, are the same size and Gennady can kick that azz! It will never happen…but guess who wants to grapple/box him…Hopkins… the ATG uncrowned stealth MMA Champion.

  24. Ted 07:04am, 04/18/2013

    Thanks kindly, Matt. Glad to see you on Boxing.com.  GGG has so many options out there that his manages must be cautious to exact the best pay day at the least risk until he fight a Pirog and then is ready for an aging Martinez. Quillin is another who must be taken into account. My guess is he will step up after he slices and dices Macklin into corn beef and cabbage.

    I think at this point, GGG will be active but also will be playing the risk-reward card until he is ready for the BIG one, and that won’t be long.

    Kovalev is one to watch as is Pulev. These guys mean business—pun intended.

  25. Matt Mosley 06:55am, 04/18/2013

    I’m very interested to watch these guys progress in the pro ranks, especially GGG, although i have to say i think we should be careful of over hyping him, as he has yet to mix it with the best at 160.
    I’m sure he will get to the top, but then they say there’s no such thing as a sure thing.  :)
    Nice read, Ted.

  26. Ted 06:45am, 04/18/2013

    Meinhard messaged me that Huck comes from Albania, he is not a Serb, and Stieglitz is a so called “German-Russian.” He has German ancestry and was raised in Kazakhstan.

  27. Ted 05:56am, 04/18/2013

    Thanks much Norm.

  28. norm Marcus 05:44am, 04/18/2013

    Ted: A great story on the history and toughness of the Eastern European fighters. It read like a textbook on boxing, very interesting to read. Really enjoyed it. Too bad the Germans didn’t read this in 1940, we might have avoided WWII !

  29. dollarbond 05:42am, 04/18/2013

    Thanks for your comments on Boston.  It’s my city as well.  These swine will pay.

  30. ted 05:23am, 04/18/2013

    Thanks Mike and Ken, Don’t know how I missed Denis Shafikov but I’m going to the YouTubes today.

    Yes, Michael, Canada’s amateur pprogram could be cleansed of the petty politics, indeed.

  31. Michael Hegan 04:54am, 04/18/2013

    Great read Ted….
    Ken…
    My favourite bitch is the way the amateur boxing programs in Canada…and USA have been ‘circling the drain’ for quite some time now.

    Lack of maturity at Provincial and State levels….inability to cooperate…with weak national leadership has resulted in poor recruiting…preventing prospects to grow by wider competition circles….

    Funding or sponsorship is not coming to a sport that is all over the map and led by present executives who seem more interested in getting trips abroad than developing depth in the amateur ranks

  32. KenM 10:05pm, 04/17/2013

    Good article, & I have been waiting for the Russian/Eastern European boxing circuit to finally make it’s impression in the pro ranks.

    If anyone follows amateur boxing over in Russia, the depth of talent is ridiculously good & not only the nationals but the local competitions are filled with great matchups, and many of the fighters would obviously make great pros.

    The emphasis for the majority of schools there seems be on excellent fundamentals, good balance & clean, accurate punching. Even the brawlers tend to be very fundamentally sound, & your 3W-15L journeyman tends to know his way around the ring pretty well.

    About 5 years ago they finally started to develop a serious local pro scene with the only real top fighters making it previously having to go overseas. We are starting to see the results of the local circuit coming to maturity, & while it is still under-represented compared to the level of talent available, their are a lot of good fighters coming through, & regular, very good fight cards.

    A couple I’d like to add in:
    Denis Shafikov - very under-rated lightweight, & looks like one of those fighters who will be incredibly hard to beat - an excellent all-rounder who makes subtle adjustments as the fight progresses.
    He was dominating naturally bigger good fighters at Junior-Welterweight, but now at his natural weight I would put him in the top 3 skills-wise & think he beats Broner. Recently took apart the bigger, highly rated Albert Mensah, & his first bout at Lightweight essentially stopped the very solid Alisher Rahimov (Rahimov fouled out after taking a beating late).

    2012-12-01 Denis Shafikov vs Albert Mensah - Video Dailymotion
    _http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xvoep2_2012-12-01-denis-shafikov-vs-albert-mensah_sport#.UW-EhsoZHJY
    2013-03-16 Denis Shafikov vs Alisher Rahimov - Video Dailymotion
    _http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xy99v2_2013-03-16-denis-shafikov-vs-alisher-rahimov_sport

    Khabib Allakhverdiev - very skilled, very fast, deadly puncher with great accuracy. Unfortunately missed his shot at his US debut with an elbow injury, which gave the unknown Terence Crawford the chance to shine (definitely a guy to watch, and may be the best up & coming US fighter out there), but Allakhverdiev looks to be the complete package, & I expect him to make a big impression.
    2012-11-30 Khabib Allakhverdiev vs Joan Guzman
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xvimpt_2012-11-30-khabib-allakhverdiev-vs-joan-guzman_sport#.UW-HTMoZHJY
    Kaizer Mabuza-Khabib Allakhverdiev full fight
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCoiLYkNJ_0

  33. Ted 08:31pm, 04/17/2013

    The Chicken dance!!

  34. John 08:13pm, 04/17/2013

    One of my favorites was Kostya Tszyu. Although he had a straight-up style and didn’t use much head movement, I found him very exciting to watch. Anyone remember Tszyu / Judah? Nice read, Ted.

  35. NYIrish 07:48pm, 04/17/2013

    Need some wide shoulders to get most of those names on the back of a robe !

  36. Ted 06:16pm, 04/17/2013

    Two additions.

    In July, Zaurbek Baysangurov (28-1) fights undefeated Demetrius Andrade (19-0) in the Ukraine with the WBO light middleweight tit at stake. The Russian has fought far superior opposition and “Boo Boo” is taking a major risk here. In fact,  Baysangurov holds a win against Marco Antonio Rubio back in 2006 and beat Lukas Konecny (48-3) in his last bout in October, 2012

    Also, Pole Mateusz “Mater” Masternak (30-0) ventured to Denmark on April 13 and stopped Guyana’s Sean Corbin to cop the vacant WBC International Silver cruiserweight title. The Master is a regular in Germany and is working his way into the real title mix.

  37. Ted 06:10pm, 04/17/2013

    Bienvenue, Bill. Actually, B.J. Flores is going to fight in Albania I believe. And speaking of Albania, up unit a while back, it was one of the most dangerous places on the face of the earth. One of my very favorite restaurants is Alba’s in Quincy, MA.

  38. dollarbond 05:59pm, 04/17/2013

    Thanks for the education Ted.  i don’t even know where some of these places are.  How about Albania, anything there?

  39. Ted 05:40pm, 04/17/2013

    I want to reach out to my fellow Bostonians. Boston is my city. My son and his family live there. Most of my friends live there. I lived there. It will never bow to terrorists. The marathon will be run next year, the following year, and forever.

    As Dennis Lehane said, “Messing with the Wrong City .” And as Stephen Colbert said last night, “Whoever did this obviously did not know about the people of Boston. Because nothing these terrorists do is gonna shake them. ...

    My deepest prayers are extended to those who have been injured and to their families.

  40. ted 05:26pm, 04/17/2013

    kid, the Russians will simply not back up when engaged. Whether it’s in their DNA or what, I don’t know, but in a firefight in the ring, they are ferocious and fearsome. They almost relish the the thing. Alvarado may have some Russian blood in him. :)

  41. kid vegas 05:19pm, 04/17/2013

    Never go toe to toe with a Russian. Say What?

  42. Ted 04:57pm, 04/17/2013

    Thanks Tex. The Chinese might surge in the lower weights, but they will have a lot of surging to do. I don’t see them as being all that awesome just yet.

  43. Tex Hassler 03:49pm, 04/17/2013

    Boxing needs a surge and it looks like the next big one may come from China. The Europeans and Russians are leading the pack right now and one reason is that there are many boxing fans over there who will pay to see good fights. Great write up Mr. Sares.

  44. Ted 03:30pm, 04/17/2013

    Thank you gutter.

  45. Gutterdandy 03:24pm, 04/17/2013

    Great article Ted—very thorough and well-researched.

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