Nesthy Petecio climbs to No.2 in AIBA rankings; inches closer to Olympic dream


World Championships silver medalist Nesthy Petecio is now ranked No. 2 in the women’s world ranking of the International Boxing Association (AIBA); and is an inch closer to her Olympic dream.

Petecio collected 987.5 points after her silver medal medal win in the world championships, and moved 11 notches higher from her previous position in the 57-kilogram category.

With her current rank moving to the Olympic qualifying season next year, Petecio’s target of making it to Rio Olympics has become achievable as top 4 boxers in the AIBA ranking automatically gain a slot in the 31st Summer Olympic Games in August 2016.

If Petecio maintains and continues to improve the form she has shown during the World Championship last month, she will most likely become the first Filipina boxer to have qualified and competed in the Summer Olympic Games in 2016.

Not just that, the way she strutted her ware in the ring during the World Championship in Jeju Island clearly showed that this Filipna boxer has the ability to end Philippines’ medal drought in the Summer Olympics. A potential medalist indeed at the Rio Olympics, and could be our first Summer Olympic Games gold medalist if she wills it.

Meanwhile, former world titlist Josie Gabuco, relinquished her No. 1 position to Nazym Kyzaybay of Kazakhstan (1,200 points) in the 41-48-kg. class. Steluta Duta of Romania is in second (1,000) followed by Sarjubala Devi Shamjetsabam of India in third (800).

Gabuco, a Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, was not able to earn enough points to make it to the Top 10. She failed to land a podium finish in the 2014 World Championships and 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

In the men’s division, Charly Saludar is at ninth with 500 points in the 60-kg., Mario Fernandez is at 13th with 350 points in the 56-kg., Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga is at 23rd with 200 points in the 46-49-kg., and 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games gold winner Rey Saludar is at 32nd with 20 points in the 52-kg.

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