Petecio beats top-seeded Taiwanese foe to advance in quarterfinals

Published July 26, 2021, 1:21 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Nesthy Petecio took charge late in the match to eliminate top-seeded Yu-ting Lin of Chinese Taipei, 3-2, and advance in the quarterfinals of the women’s featherweight boxing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the Kokugikan Arena Monday, July 26.

Chinese Taipei’s Yu-Ting Lin (red) and Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio fight during their women’s feather (54-57kg) preliminaries round of 16 boxing match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (AFP)

Petecio won via split decision as the 29-year-old Filipina boxer waxed hot in the first round, holding up against the Taiwanese slugger despite the height advantage.

Lin, however, bounced back in the second and gave Petecio a taste of her own medicine.

The third round proved to be instrumental for the 29-year-old Petecio as she unloaded a flurry of punches to haul as many points en route to the victory.