Tue 28 September 2021

Petecio outclasses pro Congolese foe in Olympic debut

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Reigning amateur world champion and gold medal hopeful Nesthy Petecio displayed clinical boxing skills to trounce professional boxer Marcelat Sakobi Matshu of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Round of 32 of the women’s boxing featherweight division Saturday at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.

This is the inaugural staging of the women’s featherweight division in the Olympics.

Petecio overcame Matshu’s superior height and reach advantage, connecting on several 1-2 combos throughout the fight to get a unanimous decision victory.

Inexperience took its toll on the rookie Matshu, who is an entire head taller than her foe, as she lacked dexterous lateral movements to deal with Petecio’s methodical charge.

Matshu made her amateur debut in the Olympics but is the reigning African Boxing Union featherweight champion in the professional ranks. Petecio, on the other hand, has competed since 2007 and has won eight international medals.

Petecio will resume her campaign on Monday afternoon as she next faces the 2018 world champion Lin Yu-Ting of Taiwan in a battle of champions.

Photo credit: neshpetecio Instagram

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