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Nesthy Al­cayde Pete­cio joins other mem­bers of the Philip­pines women's box­ing team in a train­ing camp in In­dia for the up­com­ing Aiba Women World Cham­pi­onships BY MAR­I­ANNE L. SABERON-ABALAYAN / Ed­i­tor

Bemedaled Nesthly Al­cayde Pete­cio, born in Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur but started her am­a­teur ca­reer in Davao City, joins the rest of the Philip­pines women's box­ing team in pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing Aiba Women World Cham­pi­onships slated No­vem­ber 15 to 24 in New Delhi, In­dia. Na­tional women's box­ing head coach Nolito Velasco, in a Face­book in­ter­view with Sun­Star Davao yes­ter­day, said the team is cur­rently hold­ing a train­ing camp in In­dia since No­vem­ber 3 and will wrap up on No­vem­ber 12.

Also in the team are for­mer World 2012 light­weight cham­pion Josie Gabuco (48 kilo­grams), Ir­ish Magno (51 kgs), Aira Villegas (54 kgs) ad Carolyn Calung­sod (60 kgs). Pete­cio, a for­mer Aiba Women World sil­ver medal­ist, is en­tered in 57 kg event. "Sa umaga kanya-kanya, sa hapon school spar­ring ev­ery other day," the sea­soned coach said, adding that he also al­lows the box­ers to spar on their own. A to­tal of 14 coun­tries are com­pet­ing in the World tour­na­ment. The last time Pete­cio com­peted was in the 18th Asian Games in In­done­sia last Au­gust where she bowed out in the round of 16 af­ter a con­tro­ver­sial loss to Chi­nese ri­val Jun­hua Yin. The lat­ter may again meet in In­dia and when they do clash against each other, Pete­cio is ex­pected not to miss any op­por­tu­nity to re­deem her­self.

The Asiad de­ba­cle stained her string of cham­pi­onships won this year in­clud­ing the 2nd Kapolri Cup Box­ing Tour­na­ment Open in Manado, In­done­sia; 10th In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Tour­na­ment in Rus­sia last May; 1st In­dian Open In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Tour­na­ment in Fe­bru­ary; and in the XXXV In­ter­na­tional Felis Stamm Tour­na­ment for Elite Men and Women in War­saw, Poland in March.


IN IN­DIA. The Philip­pines women's box­ing team with their coaches as they hold a train­ing camp in In­dia for the up­com­ing Aiba Women World Cham­pi­onships.


NOT SO EASY. Jan­wed Ryan Ca­gape of the Davao City Po­lice Of­fice is de­fended by a Task Force Davao (TFD) player on his way to shoot­ing a bas­ket dur­ing their game Thurs­day at the TFD bas­ket­ball court at Sta. Ana Pier. DCPO pre­vailed, 88-70.

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