Nesthy Petecio reaches gold medal match in World Women's Boxing Championships
Nesthy Petecio is the lone Filipino bet in the finals of the 10-division tournament in Jeju Island. Photo from the Philippine Sportswriters Association

ON the day Manny Pacquiao demolished USA's Chris Algieri in Macau, Filipina boxer Nesthy Petecio also upended an American, Tiara Brown, in the semifinal round of the Aiba World Women's Championships in Jeju Island, South Korea.

Brown, the reigning women's featherweight champion who won the gold medal in the 2012 staging of the event in China, lost her chance to defend her title as she fell prey to the sneak attacks of the much shorter Davao del Sur native on Sunday.

Petecio shifted her stance from orthodox to southpaw every round, causing problems for the 25-year-old American. Unable to use her reach advantage, Brown increasingly became frustrated as Petecio repeatedly rocked her with hooks and straights to the head and body.

"Malakas din siya sumuntok at dahil mahaba ang mga braso, nasasalag niya ang mga straight ko. Kaya ginawa kong hook ’ung straight. Ayun, tinamaan ko,” said a beaming Petecio, who continued to impress in a lighter division.

Petecio has been fighting in the 60 kg. lightweight division until the Asian Games last month, but decided with the coaching staff to slide down three kilograms to featherweight.

All three judges scored the fight in favor of the Filipina, 40-36, 39-38 and 39-38.

Her opponent in Monday's Finals is another tall boxer, Zinaida Dobrynina of Russia, who won her semifinal bout versus Italy's Alessia Mesiano right after Nesthy's fight.

Gold medals up for grabs in 10 weight categories, with 12 countries out of the original 67 and 280 fighters represented in the finals.

Russia has four boxers in the gold medal round, while India, Kazakhstan, England, USA and China have two each. Left with one representative standing are Italy, Bulgaria, Ireland, Azerbaijan, Panama and the Philippines.

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