World champ Nesthy Petecio lives up to billing en route to SEA Games gold

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 09 2019 08:08 PM

In her only bout of these SEA Games after drawing a bye in the elimination stage, Nesthy Petecio beat Myanmar's Oo Nwe Ni to win the women's featherweight title. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines—Nesthy Petecio was nothing short of dominant in her first and only bout in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

The world champion received a bye to the women's featherweight finals, where she faced Myanmar's Oo Nwe Ni. Petecio lived up to her reputation in their bout on Monday at the PICC Forum, steadily picking her foe apart for a comfortable win.

After patiently waiting for openings in the first round, Petecio unloaded heavy punches in the second round, and her Burmese opponent was on the defensive for most of the bout.

"Noong una kabado ako sa totoo lang kasi alam kong mabibigatan 'yung laban kasi diretso final na ako," said Petecio, who won gold in the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships last October.

"Nag-pray lang talaga ako."

It was the first SEA Games gold medal for the 27-year-old Petecio, who settled for silver three times before.

She acknowledged she felt the pressure heading into the fight, but showed no signs of it inside the ring as she outclassed her opponent.

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