NESTHY Petecio beat hometown bet Liudmilla Vorontsova to capture the gold medal in the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur (AIBA) World Women’s Boxing Championships on Sunday (Philippine time) at the FSK Arena in Ulan Ude, Russia.
The 27-year-old Petecio of Davao del Sur outscored her Russian rival, 3-2,
in three rounds of the women’s 57-kilogram featherweight finale, Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) nutritionist Jeaneth Aro told The Manila Times.
“I am so proud of you Nesh (Petecio). I am deeply honored to have seen you on your lowest low and at the same time witness this momentous victory of yours,” Aro posted on her personal social media account.
Aro said Petecio “deserved to win” and that it was “her time.”
“She had a lot of struggles, but she was relentless in getting that gold. As the team’s nutrition coach, I am in touch with them everyday, with coaches reporting every meal and Nesthy her self reporting her pre- and post-match nutrition,” Aro said.
Prior to the gold medal round, Petecio dominated Kariss Artingstall of England, 4-1, in the semifinals to earn a championship berth last Saturday.
She made it to the semifinals after a 4-1 win over Japanese Sena Irie in last Thursday’s quarterfinals.
The women’s team is accompanied by coaches Nolito Velasco and Rey Galido.