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International referee Bruce McTavish (3rd from left) raises the hand of Donnie Nietes after his first round knockout  win against Mexican Armando Vasquez (right),  at the USLS Coliseum, with  Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano (right).*

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Nietes KOs Mexican in
epic boxing match

All it took was an overhead right punch from WBO boxing champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes to send Mexican Armando Vasquez to the canvass with 34 seconds left in the first round to validate his bid for the world light flyweight title.

It was not a title match but Nietes’ Saturday night fight at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City, witnessed by thousands of Negrenses, was a history of its own as the quiet boxer from Murcia dismissed his Mexican opponent in less than three minutes.

“We expected Donnie to come out strong. We never thought he would do it in the first round. We’re happy for him, for the Bacolod crowd, for Philippine boxing,” Michael Aldeguer, ALA Gym president and CEO said.

Cops nab bizman,
seize guns

A businessman and four of his companions were arrested in a raid Saturday in Valladolid, Negros Occidental, and four high-powered firearms were recovered by the police.

The raid at the farm house of businessman Mark Eugene Tan in Brgy. Lacaron, Valladolid, conducted by virtue of a search warrant issued by Judge Ray Allan Drilon, yielded an M-16 baby armalite rifle with serial number RP145210, a 12-gauge shotgun with serial number 8552753, .45 caliber pistol with serial number 847271 and another pistolized 12-gauge shotgun with serial number 785258, and several magazines containing ammunition, Chief Inspector Rico Santotome, provincial police spokesman, said.

Also arrested with Tan were Julie Pancho, 41, of Brgy. Pag-ayon in Pulupandan; Jury Maglantay, 36, of Brgy. Sampinit in Bago City; Hernani Santillan, 37, of Barangay Lacaron, Valladolid; and Efraem Umadhay, 33, of Brgy.Tampalon, Kabankalan City, police records show.moremoremore

Massive turnout at Panaad
stalls traffic for hours - PNP

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said there was a massive turnout at the Panaad sa Negros Festival in Bacolod City  that ended Saturday and he is thankful to all those who made it a success.

The governor, who immediately held a post festival assessment yesterday to further improve it next year, said the traffic problem  is a priority concern that will be addressed.

Complaints were aired yesterday that  vehicles headed for the  festival site Saturday night were stuck in traffic for nearly five hours.moremoremore

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