It was a battle of world champions and Nesthy Petecio came out to prove that she deserves to be on top.
Nesthy Petecio took down the women's featherweight No. 1 seed, Chinese Taipei's Lin Yu-Ting, with a 3-2 split decision win in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics boxing competition on Monday, July 26.
The victory put Petecio just a win away from a medal as the 2019 world champion moves on to the quarterfinals after earning scores of 28-29, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28, 29-28 in the round of 16.
If Petecio advances to the final four, she will already be guaranteed of an Olympic medal as the losers of the semifinals will take home bronze.
Though there was barely action in the first round, Petecio didn't look fazed going against her long-limbed opponent.
Her attempts to get inside earned the favor of judges as she won the opening round, 10-9.
Petecio remained methodical in her approach as she went inside, but she struggled against Lin, who used her height advantage to land successful punches on the Filipino in the second round.
The women's boxing world champions brought the bout down to the wire in the deciding frame as Lin managed to land a combination early in the third, but Petecio rebounded with a solid right jab to secure the win.
The Davao del Sur native is the first Filipino boxer to nail a quarterfinal berth.
She goes for at least a bronze when she competes in the last eight bout on Wednesday, July 28, at 10 am, Philippine time. – Rappler.com
More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.