Tokyo 2020: Petecio stuns foe, barges into women’s featherweight QFs

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Filipina boxer Nesthy Petecio stunned top-seeded Lin Yu-Ting of Chinese Taipei via a split decision 3-2 on Monday at the Kokugikan Arena to advance in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s featherweight boxing quarter-finals.

Now in the Top 8, Petecio is two wins away from securing at least a silver medal for the country. She will compete again on Wednesday.

Earlier, Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam beat Irish Brendan Irvine via a split decision, 4-1.

Paalam was able to negate the reach advantage of his foe, and controlled the second and third rounds as well with effective combinations.

Irish Magno is also in the Round of 16, as the Filipino boxing contingent looks to give a productive showing for the Olympic athletes.

Philippine Olympic Committee photo

Levi Verora