Davao City pride Nesthy Petecio suffered a split-decision loss in the women’s bantamweight finals to settle for silver in the 2015 ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships held at the Wulanchabu Sports Gymnasium in Wulanchabu, China.
Petecio, a Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medalist, succumbed to Asian Indoor Games champion Peamwilai Laopeam of Thailand in their gold-medal match. Two judges – from Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan – both scored 39-37 in favor of the Thai fighter while the third judge – a Chinese – gave 39-37 for Petecio.
Petecio was aggressive in the early goings until Laopeam accidentally elbowed her right eye in the third round, causing her to slow down.
“I really felt the force of the elbow and for several seconds, I couldn’t see out of my right eye,” said the 23-year-old Petecio, also a silver medalist in the Singapore SEA Games last June.
Petecio reached the finals by subduing Basumatary Pwilao of India in the semifinals and Sana Kawano of Japan in the quarterfinals.
“I really felt Nesthy did enough to win it. And she was fighting half-blind in the last two rounds, but you wouldn’t have known it judging from the way she fought. But we accept the decision, it was kind of a close fight anyway,” said Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines Executive Director Ed Picson.
Petecio’s silver was the lone medal of the country in the tournament as world champion and four-time SEA Games gold medalist Josie Gabuco, Irish Magno and Riza Pasuit failed to make it to the medal round in their respective divisions.
Host China bagged the overall title with six golds while Thailand got two, and South Korea and Kazakhstan pocketed one each.