Gabuco, Petecio overpower Uzbek foes

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Josie Gabuco (left). AFP FILE PHOTO

Josie Gabuco (left). AFP FILE PHOTO

Seasoned campaigners Josie Gabuco and Nesthy Petecio stamped their mark on their respective Uzbek rivals in the second day of competitions in the ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships at the Wulanchabu Sports Gymnasium in China.

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The comely Gabuco, a single mother of a seven-year-old boy and 2012 world champion, took three rounds to dispose of Atakulova Gulasal of Uzbekistan. While the Filipina was obviously in charge from the get-go, Gulasal tried to make a fight of it but paid dearly as Gabuco caught her several times with left hooks.

By the second round, the Palawan lass, who won her fourth Southeast Games gold in June in Singapore, was alternating hooks and straights to the head of the hapless Uzbek and towards the end of the round, her rival was given a standing eight-count.

It was more of the same in the third, with Gabuco connecting with more short right straights and cracking left hooks that prompted the referee to give 2 more standing 8-counts to seal the deal for a technical knockout (TKO) victory for the Filipina boxer.

Petecio faced an aggressive Aziza Yakubova who constantly tried to rush the Filipina in an effort to dictate the pace of the fight. Unfortunately for her, the Davao del Sur girl was ready with right hook counters that jolted the Uzbek and twice in the initial round Yakubova was given the standing eight.

In the first 30 seconds of the second round, the referee had seen enough and again gave the Uzbek the count, earning for the Philippine team its second TKO win in the tournament.

On opening day, Irish Magno won a decision over AIBA World Youth champion Lin Yu Ting of Taiwan in a fight that lasted all four rounds in the tournament participated by 96 boxers from 16 countries.

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