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Petecio advances to gold medal fight in Tokyo Olympics

Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio celebrates after winning against Italy’s Irma Testa after their women’s feather (54-57kg) semi-final boxing match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Photo by UESLEI MARCELINO / POOL / AFP)

Nesthy Petecio continues to march deeper into the Tokyo Olympics with a majority decision win in the women’s featherweight semifinals on Saturday at the Kokugikan Arena.

The fighter from Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur outpointed Irma Testa of Italy, 4-1, to advance to the gold medal fight.

Four judges scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Petecio and one judge scored it 29-28 for the Italian.

The 29-year-old Petecio beat Marcelat Mashu Sakobi of Congo via unanimous decision in the round of 32; stunned world No. 1 Lin Yu-Ting of Chinese Taipei in the round of 16 via split decision; and dominated Yeni Arias of Columbia in the quarterfinals via unanimous decision to reach the semis.