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April 15, 2014

8CN Exclusive: Bobby Gunn Jr. on his next fight and what motivates him

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8CN’s Darren Barcomb caught up with junior middleweight Bobby Gunn Jr. as he prepares for his upcoming bout on April 26 in Virginia against a…
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April 14, 2014

8CN Ringside Report: Gilberto Ramirez wins by TKO, remains unbeaten

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8CN’s Dee Hamaguchi was ringside Friday night for ESPN Friday Night Fights boxing card at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Ramirez…
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April 13, 2014

Gilberto Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs) impresses on Friday Night Fights

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Fighting in only his third bout outside of Mexico, Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez systematically broke down Giovanni Lorenzo on ESPN2 Friday night fights.…
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April 13, 2014

Full 8CN fight report from the MGM

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Pacquiao UD 12 Bradley - In the main event, Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) took back the WBO welterweight belt from Timothy Bradley (31-1-0, 12…
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April 13, 2014

Pacquiao dominates Bradley in rematch

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8 division world champion Manny Pacquiao squared off against Timothy Bradley in the much anticipated rematch tonight at the MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada.…
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April 12, 2014

Weights from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

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Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) and Timothy Bradley (31-0-0, 12 KOs) were both several pounds under the welterweight limit of 147 pounds at this…
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April 12, 2014

8CN Staff Picks for Pacquiao-Bradley Rematch

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8CN Staff Picks for Pacquiao-Bradley II Brad Cooney: Pacquiao will win and win convincingly Greg Rowe: This fight is interesting in that the fighter…
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April 11, 2014

Giovani Segura halts Felipe Salguero in 10th

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Giovani Segura (32-3-1, 28 KOs), also known as El Guerrero Azteca/Aztec Warrior, lived up to his moniker yet again with a grueling 10 round TKO…
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April 11, 2014

The Top 10 Most Important Fighters in Boxing History

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The Top 10 Most Important Fighters in Boxing History By Greg Rowe Boxing, like other sports, has its great athletes. Athletes who, in one way or…
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April 11, 2014

8CN Exclusive: Featherweight sensation Ronny Rios talks upcoming title fight

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8CN's Chris Thurman spoke with the undefeated NABF featherweight titleholder Ronny Rios about his upcoming title fight on April 14. Rios will be…
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April 09, 2014

8CN Interview: Corona ring girl Corissa Furr

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8CN’s David Hopper got a chance to speak with Corona boxing ring girl and former Strikeforce MMA ring girl Corissa Furr. The 29-year-old Maryland…
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April 08, 2014

Hot cruiserweight prospect Quantis Graves on his fight with Venroy July

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Chris Thurman of 8CN talked with Quantis Graves about his April 12 fight against Venroy July in Baltimore, Maryland. Graves, who is 9-0-1 with 4 KOs,…
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April 05, 2014

Cunningham fights his way back to victory

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Curtis Stevens Vs Turiano. Johnson Curtis Stevens had all that he could handle going up against former Olympian Turiano Johnson. From the opening…
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April 04, 2014

Sons of Anarchy star Emilio Rivera talks NEW Movie "Water and Power"

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Emilio Rivera through hard work and excellent acting has risen to be one of the most wanted actors in Hollywood. Rivera's resume speaks for itself.…
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April 03, 2014

8CN 32 man All-Time Heavyweight Tournament Results

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8CN 32 man All-Time Heavyweight Tournament results As March Madness winds down to the Final Four, 8 Count News would like to share the results of our…
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March 30, 2014

Sat night Results from Texas Station Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

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The Texas Station Hotel and Casino is far from the Las Vegas Strip, but fight fans who ventured a few miles north of downtown were treated to an…
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March 24, 2014

Vivian Harris RIPS Dan Rafael, and talks big win over Paez Jr

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Former world champ Vivian Harris got a big win over Jorge Paez Jr this past weekend down in Mexico. Harris was written off for dead by ESPN's Dan…
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March 24, 2014

David Lemieux (31-2, 29 KOs) on the top middleweights, what he's working on in the gym, and more!

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8CN’s David Hopper caught up with hard-hitting middleweight contender David Lemieux (31-2, 29 KOs). The 25-year-old Canadian does not currently have…
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March 21, 2014

Karim Mayfield on his upcoming title fight with Dulorme on HBO

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8CN's Chris Thurman spoke with undefeated junior welterweight contender Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (18-0-1 11 KOs) about his NABF title fight…
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March 21, 2014

Attention 8CN boxing fans! Be part of our March Madness all-time 32-man heavyweight tournament!

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Attention ALL 8CN Boxing fans! Be part of our March Madness All-Time 32-man heavyweight tournament! Written by Greg Rowe With March Madness here, the…
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March 19, 2014

Boston's Alexis Santos Primed For The Big Time

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Out of the rough streets of Lawrence on the outskirts of Boston climbs Alexis Santos and he is looking to turn up the volume on the US heavyweight…
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March 17, 2014

Deontay Wilder talks Scott KO, Arreola, Stiverne, Klitschko, and MORE!

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Undefeated heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (31-0-31KO) fresh off of his 1st round knockout over Malik Scott, sat down with 8CountNews this…
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March 15, 2014

Wilder blasts out Scott in 1st round

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Undefeated heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder continues on with his impressive knockout streak. He disposed of Malik Scott in the 1st round tonight…
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March 15, 2014

Glazkov edges Adamek

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Vyacheslav Glazkov squared up against the former cruiserweight and light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek tonight on NBCSPN. Glazkov took the early…
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March 15, 2014

Deontay Wilder in an one on one interview

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Golden Boy Promotions is putting together an exciting fight card tonight in Puerto Rico. Heavyweight contenders will also clash in the ring and 8CN…
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March 14, 2014

8CN Exclusive VIDEO interview: Malik Scott

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Golden Boy Promotions is putting together an exciting fight card tomorrow night in Puerto Rico featuring WBA/WBC Light Welterweight world champion…
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March 14, 2014

Thomas Dulorme on his upcoming NABF title bout with Karim Mayfield

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8CN’s David Hopper got a chance to speak through a translator to junior welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs). The 24-year-old Puerto…
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March 13, 2014

8CN Exclusive: Bobby Gunn Jr. on upcoming pro debut

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8CN's Chris Thurman spoke with junior middleweight Bobby Gunn Jr., son of former cruiserweight titleholder Bobby Gunn, about his professional debut…
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March 13, 2014

8CN Exclusive: Antonio Tarver apologizes to the fans but also sends a message to the top heavyweights!

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Former Light Heavyweight world champion (5x) Antonio Tarver sat down with 8CountNews and shared his thoughts about the recent legal issue that he's…
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March 13, 2014

Cruiserweight prospect Venroy July (16-1) talks April clash with unbeaten Quantis Gravis

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8CN’s Chris Thurman spoke with cruiserweight prospect Venroy July (16-1-2, 6 KOs) about his upcoming fight against Quantis Graves (9-0-1, 4 KOs)…
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March 10, 2014

Floyd Mayweather talks Maidana at press conference

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Prior to the Canelo-Angulo card on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Floyd Mayweather graced the media with an official "live", as…
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March 09, 2014

8CN Ringside Report: Canelo stops Angulo in 10th

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Alvarez TKO 10 Angulo - Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (43-1-1, 30 KOs) stopped Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo (22-4-0, 18 KOs) when referee Tony Weeks jumped in…
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March 08, 2014

8CN Faceoff: Canelo vs. Angulo

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8CN Faceoff: Canelo-Angulo Written By Greg Rowe and Michael Samuels Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada two of Mexico’s finest in…
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March 06, 2014

8CN Interview: Mario Barrios

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Chris Thurman of 8CN got a chance to speak with super bantamweight prospect Mario Barrios of San Antonio, Texas. The 18-year-old is undefeated…
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March 06, 2014

Video Interview: Quantis Graves, undefeated cruiserweight prospect

in Boxing News by David Hopper
David Hopper of 8CN caught up with undefeated cruiserweight prospect Quantis Graves (9-0-1, 4 KOs) at a boxing card in Opelousas, Louisiana on March…
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March 04, 2014

8CN Interview: Jimmy Paul, former IBF lightweight champ

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8CN's Sylvana Ambrosanio got a chance to visit former IBF lightweight champion Jimmy Paul (33-6-0) at his new gym Hands on Boxing in Detroit. In this…
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March 03, 2014

Feb. 28 Results from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA.

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Friday night Results from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Thompson Boxing Promotion held its first card of the year on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at…
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March 03, 2014

Lightweight Mason Menard TKO's Rynell Griffin, improves to 28-1

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Photo Credit: Kevin Ste Marie 8CN's David Hopper and Buck Goldsmith were ringside at the Evangeline Downs Casino on March 1 in Opelousas, Lousiana…
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March 03, 2014

8CN Exclusive: Atlanta Fight Night (3/1/14)

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8CN's Chris Thurman covered the Atlanta Fight Night March 1 at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross, GA. Super Lightweight: First fight of the…
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February 28, 2014

Undefeated lightweight Alejandro Luna talks March 7 fight

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8CN’s Chris Thurman caught up with undefeated lightweight prospect Alejandro Luna (16-0, 12 KOs). The 22-year old Californian will have a rematch…

Hugo Centeno Jr. talks Sept. 12 fight in Vegas

David Hopper of 8CN caught up with junior middleweight prospect Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. (19-0, 10 KOs). The 22-year-old from Oxnard, California stands 6-feet-2 and has a 78-inch reach. Centeno is signed with Golden Boy Promotions and managed by Joel De La Hoya, the older brother of Oscar De La Hoya. He will fight undefeated prospect Julian Williams (13-0-1) on Sept. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The scheduled 10-round bout will be part of a tripleheader that includes a welterweight rematch between Shawn Porter and Julio Diaz and a Badou Jack-Marco Antonio Periban super middleweight showdown. The action will be televised live on Fox Sports 2.

DH: How are you doing?

HC: I’m doing well.

DH: I heard you just got done with training for the day.

HC: Yeah, I just got done with some intense physical training right now.

DH: How’s camp been going?

HC: It’s been going great. We’re training extremely hard, harder than ever before actually, picking it up a notch.

DH: Are you training in Oxnard, California?

HC: Yeah, I was actually born and raised here in Oxnard, California. It’s where I also train. A few days out of the week I’ll head over to the Wild Card Boxing Gym [in Los Angeles] and get sparring there.

DH: Have you been sparring with some well-known boxers?

HC: Yeah, I’ve been sparring with Wale Omotoso. His nickname is “Lucky Boy.” His last fight was with Jesse Vargas. It’s some great work. He’s teaching me a lot. He has a lot of experience as well.

DH: Your upcoming fight with Julian Williams will be your second scheduled 10-rounder. In your first 10-rounder this past March you won a unanimous decision over KeAndrae Leatherwood. How was your conditioning in that 10-round fight? Did you feel fatigued at all in the later rounds?

HC: No, believe it or not, I was still ready to go a couple more rounds. I felt great and my conditioning was great. I feel like my conditioning will be even better for this fight. Like I told you, the training has been phenomenal. I feel like the conditioning that I have right now is ready for a 10-round fight.

DH: Williams comes in to the fight undefeated as well. He is coming off an 8-round unanimous decision victory over veteran Joachim Alcine. What do you think of the boxing abilities of Williams? Have you got a chance to watch much film of him?

HC: I’ve only gotten to watch a couple fights of his. I haven’t watched his most recent fight. I do know he’s a smart fighter. He’s a straight up stand-up guy. He’s not in there to mess around or hug or fight dirty. He’s a straight up clean fighter and so am I. We’re going to go in there and give the crowd a great show. He comes to knock you out. He’s a power puncher. But I have a good game plan for him. Me and my team have come up with a good game plan, and I’m excited.

DH: Do you expect Williams to be the toughest challenge of your pro career so far?

HC: Most definitely, I don’t want to say it’s a big step up but it’s a step up. All my fights I train like it’s going to be for a world title. I don’t take no one easily or lightly. I train hard for every single fighter.

DH: Your fight will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas just two days before the biggest boxing event in years, Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo Alvarez, takes place there. I would imagine there’s a good chance for a big turnout for your fight with all the fans in town. Talk about what it means to you to be fighting professionally at the MGM Grand for the first time.

HC: I’m excited. I’m extremely excited. I can’t thank my manager enough for giving me this great opportunity. I can’t wait. I know it’s going to be some great exposure. Like I said earlier, I’m extremely excited for this fight. I’m really looking forward to giving the crowd a great turnout.

DH: In your last fight you KO’d Isaac Mendez 46 seconds in to the first round. For the boxing fans who missed it, talk about your performance in that win.

HC: Yeah definitely, I came in and felt him out a little bit. He tried coming at me with some wild punches. I saw my openings to the body and I took it. He tried to fight the body shot and he just couldn’t take it and he went down. The ref counted him out and that was it.

DH: You have now been a professional boxer for about three and a half years. How do you feel like you have grown and improved as a pro?

HC: I’ve learned a lot of little things that make a big difference from when I first started. I first started coming out a little wild not having to worry about the later rounds. I feel like I learned how to develop and by conditioning well for the 10-round fights and 8-round fights, just a lot of little things that make a big difference. I’m sparring with all these world champions, such as Peter Quillin, [Saul] Alvarez when he was getting ready for his last fight with Austin Trout, Sergio Martinez, Alfredo Angulo. I’ve gotten to work with all these guys and it’s just awesome. It’s helped me a lot.

DH: With you and guys like Brandon Rios and Mikey Garcia fighting out of your hometown of Oxnard, the city has become a boxing hotbed. What’s it like being a part of that?

HC: It’s awesome being a part of this hotbed that’s going on right now in Oxnard. I take more honor in fighting in it to know that I’m from here. I was born and raised here in Oxnard. I’m not coming in from anywhere else. It’s an honor for me to be able to represent my hometown.

DH: Have you worked with trainer Robert Garcia at all?

HC: No, I haven’t worked with him at all. It’s just been me and my dad since Day 1. I started boxing when I was 7, and it’s been me and my dad the whole way. It’s worked. It’s been going great.

DH: You have a rangy, lanky build with a 78-inch wingspan, which is longer than most junior middleweights. Do you feel like your reach advantage makes a difference in your fights?

HC: I do. I’m also taller than most of my opponents and since I know how to use it to my advantage, once I find my distance against an opponent I feel it works to my advantage great.

DH: Other than the obvious goal of eventually winning a world title, what are your goals in boxing?

HC: That’s my main goal, but just to fight the best. I don’t feel like I’ll be able to call myself one of the top world pound-for-pound fighters if I don’t fight the best and beat the best. To call myself the best I want to beat the best. I want to fight whoever is a world champion when I get there.

DH: As I mentioned before, your fight will kick off the Mayweather-Alvarez weekend. Do you plan on attending the Mayweather-Alvarez fight?

HC: Yeah, I’ll give my manager a call and see if he can set something up, and I’ll go check it out and see if it’s still possible. I know the fight is sold out. Most definitely I’ll be sticking around for the weekend.

DH: What is your prediction for the fight?

HC: Like I was telling you earlier, I’ve gotten the chance to work with Alvarez and he’s an extremely strong fighter but I feel Mayweather is too quick on his toes, his boxing skills are too superior, and I feel like it’s going to be a long night for Alvarez.

DH: Do you see Mayweather taking another unanimous decision?

HC: Yeah, I feel like it will go to a unanimous decision for Floyd.

DH: Boxing seems to have a loyal fan base but its popularity is nowhere near that of more mainstream sports like football and basketball. From your observation and experience, what are some things you feel need to happen in order for boxing to become more popular?

HC: Honestly, I feel like this whole Top Rank-Golden Boy feud needs to come to an end because there are just fighters within Golden Boy fighting each other or fighters within Top Rank fighting one another. I feel like since they’re the two biggest promotional companies and they should fight one another like how it used to be. They keep all the world titles to themselves. All the titles stay within Golden Boy or whatever titles are with Top Rank stay with Top Rank. It’s not really calling themselves the pound-for-pound fighters if they’re not fighting the best.

DH: In order for the sport to really prosper the best have got to fight the best and the promotion companies really need to put their differences aside so that can happen.

HC: Most definitely, I feel like that would bring the sport a little more together. Like you were saying, with the loyal following that boxing has they see what’s going on.

DH: Anything you want to add or say to your fans?

HC: Yeah, I want to tell my fans thank you for all your support and all the people who have followed me from Day 1, I truly appreciate it. I want to thank my friends over at Crosscountry Mortgage. They’ve been helping me out a lot. I truly appreciate all the help my whole team has given me. My Twitter and Instagram is @HugoBoss805. My Facebook is Hugo Boss Centeno. 



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