Pinay boxer on Myanmar foe: "I beat her hard but she still won"

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Monday, December 16, 2013

NESTHY Alcayde Petecio had every reason to feel concern upon knowing that she was to face a Myanmar boxer in the women's featherweight finals (57 kgs) of the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. Compatriot Rey Saludar suffered a controversial decision loss to a Myanmar opponent in the men's 52 kgs. semi-finals after all.

So the China Open 2013 champion from Davao del Sur landed big and cleaner blows against Nwe ni Oo of Myanmar, dominating every round to make sure that she'll be bringing home the gold medal that evaded her in the 26th edition of the Games in Indonesia two years ago.

But when Oo's hand was raised by the referee after the bout, 21-year-old Petecio knew that she was just another victim of a nasty hometown decision.

"Daya Ma'am, luto! Gibokbok nako ang kalaban daug pa siya. Hilak na gani siya kay kabalo siya pildi siya unya gitaas lang kalit ang iyang kamot. Paita! (I was cheated. It was fixed. I beat her hard but she still won. She even cried after the bout `coz she knew that she lost but it was her hand that was raised. It's frustrating!)," Petecio said in a Facebook chat interview on Monday.

A Tajikistan referee scored their bout even, 38-38, while the Uzbekistan and Syria judges scored it 37-39 in favor of Oo.

Petecio said she didn't absorb any fatal blow, adding,"Expected naman pud nako to Ma'am na kung dili nako mapatapos ang dula, mapildi gyud ko sa desisyon (I expected to lose in the decision if I couldn't stop the fight)."

She also said, "Wala ko naghilak, taas noo pa ko nagbaba sa ring kay tanan nakabalo nga daug ko (I didn't even cry. I went down the ring, still proud knowing that everybody knew I won the fight)."

The country's boxing officials and coaches, according to reports, cried robbery but Petecio added they didn't file a protest anymore as it was just a game.

She managed to thank Filipinos for their support, saying "Sa lahat po ng mga kababayan na sumuporta at nagtiwala po sa kakayahan ko marami pong salamat! Hindi ko man maiuuwi sa inyo ang ginto pero alam po nating lahat kung sino ang panalo. Patuloy niyo lang pong suportahan kaming mga atleta."

Petecio said she will spend the holidays with her family as she is set to arrive this weekend.

Meanwhile, London Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga made up for the heartbreaking defeats of Petecio and fellow Brgy. Una Boxing Team of Davao del Norte product Guangzhou Asian Games gold medalist Rey Saludar.
Barriga, who hails from Panabo City, captured his first SEA Games gold in a convincing 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 win over Konelis Kwangu Langu of Indonesia in their men's light flyweight (52 kgs.) finals.

World champion Josie Gabuco snatched the women's 45-48 kgs. gold for the Philippines over Beatrix Suguro of Indonesia while bantamweight Mario Fernandez gave the country its third boxing gold by beating Donchai Tathi of Thailand, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.

The national boxing team is set to return to Manila today.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 17, 2013.


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