Nesthy Petecio leads the Philippine team in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships with gold medal chances
The upcoming AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships will be starting in New Delhi, India on November 15 and many of the teams are already arrived to the venue to acclimatize with the final training camp. Philippines sent five-strong team to the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and expecting good results in New Delhi.
Philippines claimed one gold medal in the Qinhuangdao 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships which was their historical success. Philippines is focusing to their second title in the history of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and Nesthy Petecio is their main hope to achieve the top of the podium in New Delhi.
Philippines will have five boxers from the light flyweight (48kg) up to the lightweight (60kg) in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. Philippines’ woman boxing team attended plenty of international events to prepare well to the New Delhi event.
The Indian Open Boxing Tournament, the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament in Poland, the Korotkov Memorial Tournament in Russia, the Kapolri Cup in Indonesia and the important Asian Games all were their preparation events before the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Josie Gabuco won their lone gold medal in the history of the event in China six years ago and the veteran boxer returned to the squad to reach her next career highlight. The 31-year-old light flyweight (48kg) boxer advanced to the final of the Indian Open Boxing Tournament where she lost to only India’s five-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte in a close bout.
The main sensation of their team could be Nesthy Petecio who achieved silver medal in the Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and remained almost unbeaten in 2018. Petecio lost only one bout this year and she is in top form which means she could be a gold medal contender at the featherweight (57kg).
Irish Magno, who claimed her first international gold medal at the Taipei City Cup in 2012, returned to her best category to the flyweight (51kg) and attended in the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games. The experienced boxer’s skills developed well in the recent months and she is expecting a real breakthrough in New Delhi.
Aira Villegas was quarter-finalist in the Ho Chi Minh City 2017 ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships one year ago and she will be making her debut at the bantamweight (54kg) in her first AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The youngest team member 19-year-old Carolyn Calungsod won the Philippine Youth National Games and impressed in the Kapolri Cup against more experienced boxers.
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