MANILA, Philippines—Nesthy Petecio has had memorable opponents down her storied amateur career but there’s one person she’s itching to face one more time.
With a trip at the Tokyo Olympics still not at her grasp, Petecio is looking to get one at the world qualifiers in 2021 and she’s expecting to meet old rival Yin Junhua at the competition.
Petecio already fought Yin during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta but lost via split decision in the first round, a result that didn’t sit well with Philippine boxing officials, with the Chinese slugger eventually taking the gold in the continental tiff.
This fight was what started a mutual respect between the two and a chance meeting in the Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifiers just proved that the admiration between them was there.
“We talked with each other after the qualifiers because we were at the doping area at the same time,” said Petecio in Filipino in an interview with Radyo Pilipinas. “She told me that we didn’t fight in this competition but maybe we can in the world championship.”
Despite continental and world accolades, both Petecio and Yin have not claimed Olympic slots yet after the Asia-Oceania qualifiers.
Petecio, who won the featherweight gold medal in the Aiba World Boxing Championships, entered the top seed of the qualifying tournament but bowed to Japan’s Sana Irie in the quarterfinals while Yin lost to