Nesthy Petecio, Ian Clark Bautista vie for gold after beating separate semis foes in Poland boxing
Nesthy Petecio dominated Yuliya Apanasovich of Belarus, 5-0, to earn a berth in the gold medal match.

NESTHY Petecio and Ian Clark Bautista earned a shot for the gold medal in the 2018 Feliks Stamm Tournament after hurdling their respective semifinal foes Friday in Warsaw, Poland.

The 25-year-old native of Davao Del Sur dominated Yuliya Apanasovich of Belarus, 5-0, to earn a berth in the gold medal match of the women’s 57 kg. class (bantamweight).

Bautista later followed suit with a 4-1 victory over Vasili Egorov of Russia in the men’s 52kg class (flyweight) to likewise advance in the final of the tournament being held in honor Feliks ‘Papa’ Stamm, the seven-time Olympian and considered as the father of Polish boxing.

The two will fight for the gold early Saturday.

Petecio meet’s Germany’s Ornelia Wahner, who thumped Rianna Rios of USA in the semis, 4-1.

Bautista, on the other hand, will be up against Zarip Jumayev of Turmenistan, a 5-0 winner over American Michael Angeletti.

“Maganda ang tsansa natin, although mabigat na laban yung kay Ian,” said head trainer Nolito ‘Boy’ Velasco.

Meanwhile, Junel Cantancio and Mario Bautista both settled for the bronze after losing their respective semifinals matches.

Bautista suffered a close 3-2 decision against Alwadi Mohammad of Jordan in the men’s 56 kg (bantamweight), while Cantancio fell prey to Turkmenistan’s Hursand Imankuliyev, 5-0, in the 60 kg. class (lightweight).

The two joins Irish Magno and Dennis Galvan in the sideline after the two earlier bowed out of the meet, which the national team and the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) are using as part of their preparation for the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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