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Saturday, May 3, 2014


WHAT else is new, Nesthy Alcayde Petecio of the Philippines failed another battle in the ring. She may have landed more punches but she still lost in the judges' score cards.

Nesh bowed to arch-rival Tassamalee Thongjan of Thailand in their women's 60 kgs. gold medal bout of the Lion's Cup International Boxing Tournament at the Sugathadasa Indoor Arena in Colombo, Sri Lanka Friday via split decision.

Filipino flyweight Ian Clark Bautista also suffered the same setback playing against a hometown boxer while bantamweight Mario Fernandez survived to capture the gold medal.

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Nesh, a 21-year-old native of Tuban, Davao del Sur, was apologetic in her Facebook status, saying: "Silver lang ako mga ka friendship. Talo ako sa laban vs Thailand. Not bad na din alam nila kung ano ang totoo. Thanks God pa din kasi nakarating sa final."

In a separate chat interview yesterday, Nesh said, "Pildi ko. Daug ko sa dula pero pildi ko sa mga judges (I won the fight but lost in the judges's scoring."

She still couldn't accept what befell her, wondering how she was beaten.
"Ambot lang uy ngano pildi ko nga dili man siya kaigo kaayo sa akoa. Mao pud ingon sa mga tao nga naglantaw sa among dula. Kahit sila coach and other officials sa game (I don't know why I lost. My rival didn't even make as much hits and that's what the other spectators and my coaches said)."

But Nesh later accepted her fate saying that it's just a game and things like that happen.

She also said that the next time she fights Thongjan, "Tumbahon ug ipa stop na nako ang dula para wala nay daya (I'll knock her out to stop the fight so there will be no room for cheating)."

Thongjan's win improved her personal record against the China Open 2013 Filipina champion to 2-1. The Thai lady pug defeated Petecio in their first meeting in 2010 but the latter avenged that with a semi-finals victory over Thongjan in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar.

It was also in the Myanmar joust that Nesh was denied the women's 57 kgs. gold medal having lost in the judges' biased scoring favoring homegrown player Nwe Ni Oo.

When asked if she feels like giving up having been a victim of biased judging for two straight times, Nesh was quick to reply, "Hahaha walay tagam-tagam sa akoa. Natural lang man nang mapildi jud ta. Daghan pang boxing nga mangabot (It's not over yet. It's but normal to lose. There are still other boxing tournaments to compete in)."

Nesh and the rest of the PLDT-Abap Team Philippines arrived in Manila yesterday, accounting for one gold, two silvers and one bronze out of six boxers. Eumir Felix Marcial salvaged a bronze.

The national mens' and women's boxing team will resume training for the upcoming China Open 2014 in July where Nesh will defend her title.
With a determination to win and a discipline of a champion, Nesh is expected to reap more honors for the country.

Her father Teodoro first trained and coached her in their old Tuban home but the family moved to Davao City when the elder Petecio got a job at Iluminada Farms in Bago Gallera. She was scouted and joined the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines-Calinan boxing team that competed in the 2007 Smart National Youth and Women's Open Boxing Championships in Cagayan de Oro City where she clinched the women's 50 kgs. gold. Her sterling finish earned her a slot to the national team at age 15.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 04, 2014.

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