SEA Games: Nesthy Petecio leads charge as PH boxers secure medals
MANILA, Philippines—The wins continue to pile up for the Philippine boxing team in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday.
Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Nesthy Petecio assured herself of a bronze medal after beating Kay Thwe of Myanmar to reach the women’s 60kg semifinal at Bac Ninh Stadium.
On Tuesday, James Palicte also secured at least a bronze in the men’s 63kg class after a sensational first round knockout of Touch Davit of Cambodia. He handled Vu Thanh Dat of Vietnam to open his bid for a second straight gold on Monday.
Palicte faces Farrand Papendang of Indonesia for a shot at the gold on Thursday.
Reigning flyweight champion Rogen Ladon also took care of business on Tuesday following a win over Muhammad Abdul Qaiyum Bin Ariffin of Malaysia for a sure bronze.
Ladon takes on Thanarat Saengphet of Thailand in the semis also on Friday.
Ian Clark Bautista, likewise, booked a semis ticket after beating Mohamed Hanurdeen Bin Hamid in the 57kg class on Tuesday. He clashes with Sao Rangsey of Cambodia for a place in the gold medal round on Friday.