Filipino boxer Nesthy Petecio clinched the gold medal in the 2019 AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships, besting Liudmila Vorontsove at the latter's turf in Ulan-Ude, Russia on Sunday.
Petecio, who hurdled England's Karris Artingstall in the semifinals, outclassed her Russian rival in the women's featherweight class despite the latter's hometown advantage.
The Filipino boxer delivered the clearer and more solid blows in the 3 round affair, but had to settle for a split decision.
Three of the judges 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Petecio, while the other two had it 30-27 and 29-28 for the Russian.
Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) president Ricky Vargas was elated with the result.
"Nesthy deserved the win not only because she fought brilliantly, but also because she sacrificed so much for this," he said in a statement.
Vargas also gave credit to coaches Boy Velasco and Reynaldo Galido for their mentorship.
"Actually, the entire coaching staff headed by head coach Pat Gaspi deserves credit, including our foreign consultant Don Abnett. They did a great job," said Vargas.
The 3-time Southeast Asian Games silver medalist had to go through 5 opponents before facing off against Vorontsova.
She first edged Jucielen Romeu of Brazil, then beat Stanimira Petrova before squaring off against China's Qiao Jieru in the last 16.
After beating Qiao, she overcame Sena Irie of Japan and met Artingstall in the silver medal match.
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