Nesthy Petecio closed out her 2019 World Championships campaign with a dominant performance against hometown girl Liudmila Vorontsove, a native of the host city of Ulan-Ude, Russia.
Despite the din of the highly partisan crowd, Petecio kept her composure and delivered the clearer and more solid blows in the 3-round affair.
The score, however, was a spit decision with 3 judges, Australia (30-27), Korea (30-27) and Ireland (29-28) giving the nod to Petecio, while Japan (30-27) and Argentina (29-28) had it for the Russian.
ABAP President Ricky Vargas was enthusiastically elated with the result, saying: “Nesthy deserved the win. Not only because she fought brilliantly but also because she sacrificed so much for this. I am shedding tears of joy for her. Mabuhay ka, Nesthy!"
He also gave credit to coaches Boy Velasco and Reynaldo Galido for their mentorship.
“Actually, the entire ABAP coaching staff headed by Head Coach Pat Gaspi deserves the credit, including our foreign consultant Don Abnett. They did a great job", Vargas added.
The win was less than a day after gymnast Carlos Yulo gave the country its first-ever gymnastics’ gold at the 49th FIG World Artistic Gymnastics in Germany.
To reach the finals, Petecio beat English fighter, Karriss Artingstall, 4-1.
Vorontsova arranged a title fight with Petecio when she upended Lin Yu-ting of Taiwan, 3-2.
Petecio, one of the Philippines’ gold-medal hopefuls in the coming Southeast Asian Games which the country hosts, came through with a flurry of punches to beat Vorontsova in the three-round affair.
In the quarterfinals, Petecio exacted vengeance on Japanese Sena Irie Thursday, scoring a 4-1 decision to advance to the semifinals.
Sirie had gotten the better of Petecio in the Asian Boxing Championships April this year in Bangkok, but it was payback time for the Filipina bet.
“I felt I wasn’t in top form in Thailand. Kaya ngayon talagang pinaghandaan ko ng mabuti ang tournament na ito,” said featherweight (57kg) Petecio.
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