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Nesthy Petecio

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In an underdog story for the books, Boxer Nesthy Petecio throws haymakers that have resounded in the world of Philippine sports

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David and Goliath situations are nothing new to boxer Nesthy Petecio. This was already true when she made headlines for winning silver in the Women’s Featherweight Division in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics — where she, standing at just 5’2 feet, thrillingly defeated Italian sensation Irma Testa (5’8 feet) to secure silver. This underdog story, however, had nothing on her career’s humble beginnings in Davao City where she defeated a male boxer far bigger than her. 

Coming from inter-barangay bouts, it was nowhere but up for Petecio’s decorated career in national boxing, one where she holds the title of champion. Petecio was racking up silver medals in the Southeast Asian Games, finally clinching gold in 2019. In the same year, Petecio also won gold against Japanese champion Irie Sena in the World Championships held in Ulan-Ude, Russia.

Already an inevitable hall of famer in Philippine boxing history, Petecio’s powerful punches will continue to connect — both in the ring and in the hearts of Filipinos. 

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Petecio grew up loving basketball instead of boxing, only discovering the sport after her father trained her for self-defense purposes.

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