JEJU Island, Korea — Nesthy Petecio dug deep and engaged Russian Zinaida Dobrynina in four rugged rounds in the final before settling for the silver medal on Monday in the featherweight division (57 kg.) of the Aiba World Women's Championships.
The three judges’ scorecards could not have been closer — 38-38, 37-39 and 37-39. Unfortunately for the Filipina, the last two favored the Russian.
Fighting in her sixth bout in nine days of competition, the dusky Davao del Sur native tried to get inside of the much taller opponent and traded punches with her. The Russian woman drew a bye in the first round and was fighting only her fifth match.
"I don't think that made much of a difference that I fought one more fight than she did. I felt good during the match" said the 22-year-old boxer who also won silver medals in the Sea Games in Palembang (2011) and Myanmar (2013).
"Malakas din siya manuntok pero tinatamaan ko rin siya. Hindi naman yata ako masyado na agrabyado doon. Pero yon ang decision, respetohin na lang natin," said Petecio.
Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines president Ricky Vargas was satisfied with Petecio's performance.
“This was a strong tournament with the best women boxers from 67 countries and we were one of only 12 nations in the finals. I am proud of Nesthy,” said Vargas.
“Nesthy’s performance inspires us to continue our program of talent identification, training and international exposure for both our men and women boxers. We owe it to these dedicated athletes who sacrifice so much for the country,” he added.
The women's trip here was supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, PLDT and Maynilad. Uniforms were provided by Pride Sports Apparel.
The other members of the lean Philippine team were boxers Josie Gabuco and Irish Magno, coaches Roel Velasco and Violito Payla and team manager and Aiba technical official Karina Picson.