Petecio nears Olympics slot; Pasuit advances


    AMMAN, Jordan. — Showing her worth as a world champion, Nesthy Petecio totally dominated Krismi Lankapurayalage of Sri Lanka, scoring a 5-0 win Wednesday in the Asian-Oceanian Olympic Qualification Tournament for Boxing here.

    The 27-year-old from Davao de Sur proved too skilled, too talented and too powerful for the Sri Lankan that some judges gave her 10-8 scores even if there were no knockdowns or standing 8-counts.

    “Sobrang focused ako dito. Baka ito na ang last chance ko to be an Olympian. Kailangan seryosohin lahat ng laban,” said Petecio, who can easily switch from a lefty to an orthodox stance. There had been several opportunities that slipped through her hands in the past.

    She fights anew on Sunday, against Japanese Sena Irie, with whom she has a 1-1 head-to-head record.

    Former Olympian Reynaldo Galido, who took over the women’s head coaching responsibilities from an indisposed Nolito Velasco, is confident about the Sunday showdown.

    “Maganda ang kinikilos ni Nesthy ngayon. Last time sila nagkita sa World Championships, 4-1 ang panalo ni Nesthy sa kanya. Sila ang mag-a-adjust ngayon pero handa kami,” said Galido.

    The winner will automatically book a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics in July.