Nesthy Petecio dug deep and engaged Russian Zinaida Dobrynina in four rugged rounds before settling for the silver medal in the finals of the featherweight division (57 kg.) of the World Women’s Championships in Jeju Island, South Korea.
It was a tight contest, which divided the spectators on who actually won. The three judges scorecards also could not have been closer, 38-38, 37-39 and 37-39. Unfortunately for the Filipina, the last two scores favored the Russian.
Fighting in her sixth bout in nine days of competition, the dusky Davao del Sur native tried to get inside of the much taller opponent and traded punches with her. The Russian girl was fighting only her fifth match as she drew a bye in the first round.
“I don’t think that made much of a difference that I fought one more fight than she did. I felt good during the match” said the 22-year-old Petecio who also won silver medals in the Southeast Asian Games in Palembang (2011) and Myanmar (2013).
“She could also hit hard but I also hit her. I don’t think she dominated me, but that was the decision and we have to respect it,” added Petecio.
The other members of the lean Philippine team were boxers Josie Gabuco and Irish Magno, coaches Roel Velasco and Violito Payla.