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Nesthy Petecio advances to Round of 16 in Olympic boxing tournament


The Philippines scored its first victory in boxing after Nesthy Petecio's unanimous decision win over Democratic Republic of Congo's Sakobi Matshu Marcelat in the Round of 32 of the women's featherweight division of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics boxing tournament Saturday morning.

Petecio edged Sakobi in all three rounds of the match to advance to the Round of 16.

She won the first round, 10-9, on four of the five judges' scorecards before she came out more aggressive and swept the second and third rounds.

Petecio officially won, 30-27, of all but one of the judges' scorecards. The other judge gave it to her, 29-28, for the unanimous decision win on points.

In this edition of the games, the judges' scores are displayed after each round to ensure transparency.

Petecio will see action on Monday against Chinese Taipei's Lin Yu-Ting.

—Justin Kenneth Carandang/JMB, GMA News

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