Power-puncher Nesthy Petecio defeated taller Chinese boxer, Lu Quiong, in the quarterfinal round of the Women’s Featherweight (57kg) category to clinch a semifinal berth at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Jeju Island, South Korea.
The Davao del Sur native convincingly won via unanimous decision, where the three judges from England, Romania and Ukraine all had it 40-36 for the Filipina, assuring Petecio of at least a bronze medal.
“Matagal ko nang inasam-asam ito at marami na rin akong sakripisyo. Sana magbunga kung bibigyan tayo ng swerte”, said Petecio.
Petecio has fought and won four matches in 6 days against different opponents in the the world championship, and will face USA’s Tiara Brown for her semifinal bout on Sunday.
“Nesthy is in superb condition and is grimly determined yet has kept her humorous disposition outside the ring. We are optimistic about her chances but Nesthy herself is not leaving anything to chance. Coaches Roel Velasco and Violito Payla are working with her to map out strategies for her semifinal bout,” said team manager Karina Picson to Philboxing.com
If Petecio hurdles her semifinal match, she fights for gold on Monday.
Petecios best finishes so far are two Southeast Asian Games silvers (Indonesia 2011 and Myanmar 2013) and a gold medal in the prestigious China Open in 2012.
God bless Nesthy!