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10 Things You *Absolutely* Need To Know About Pinay Boxer Nesthy Petecio

She liked basketball first before boxing!
Nesthy Petecio

Pinay athletes are definitely making waves internationally and boxer Nesthy Petecio is one to watch. On August 3, 2021, she won a silver medal in the boxing's women's featherweight division at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. ICYDK, this is a pretty big deal because Nesthy is the *first* Filipina boxer to win an Olympic medal! You can watch the ~historical event~ below.

We know you want to know more about this inspiring Pinay, so we listed down a few things you need to know about her. 

10 Facts and trivia about Filipina boxer Nesthy Petecio:

  1. Nesthy was born on April 11, 1992 in Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur, Philippines. She is 29 years old and her zodiac sign is Aries! 
  2. Her father, Teodoro, was one of her early mentors. He started coaching her at the age of seven. Nesthy's brother, Norlan, and sister, Nicezza, are also into boxing.
  3. Growing up, she would join inter-barangay competitions so that her family could eat. In an episode of the Go Hard Girls podcast with sports reporter and award-winning writer Ceej Tantengco, Nesthy said, "Nung time na 'yon, walang wala rin talaga kami. Mahirap talaga buhay namin. Makakakain kami puro utang. So ginagawa namin kapag may inter-barangay, mga palaro, sasali talaga kami kasi alam namin may premyo, e. Manalo, matalo, alam namin may premyoMay pambili kami ng ulam. May pambili kami ng bigas."
  4. She liked basketball first before boxing. Nesthy would pack basketball clothes in her school bag before training and she recalled, "Umiiyak ako noon kasi gusto ko basketball talaga."
  5. At 11 years old, she competed at Araw Ng Davao and won against a male opponent who was significantly bigger, taller, and more experienced than her. Back then, Nesthy shared that she only knew of the backward and jab straight combination, which she would do on repeat. 
  6. She graduated from an associate course at the University of Baguio.
  7. Her coaches are veteran boxers, Nolito Velasco and Reynaldo Galido

  8. In 2020, ABS-CBN produced Maalala Mo Kaya episode featuring Nesthy's life story, which was portrayed by Jane De Leon. It recently premiered on ABS-CBN Entertainment's YouTube channel and you can watch it here.
  9. Nesthy is proud to be part of the LGBTQ community. In an article published by GMA News, she mentioned, "Para rin po sa LGBTQ community ang laban na 'toSobrang proud ako na member ako ng LGBTQ [community]. 'Di ko po tinatanggi yun. Kahit ano gender natin, basta may pangarap tayo, laban tayo."
  10. Apart from bagging the silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Nesthy has also won a gold medal at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. She ranked first place at both the 2019 World Championships in Russia and the 2019 Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament in Bangkok. In 2017, she won third place at the President's Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan and a year after, ranked first at the Feliks Stamm Tournament in Warsaw, Poland.

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Congrats, Nesthy! Thank you for representing our country! We're so proud of you! Jab well done indeed. ;) 

Sources: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Go Hard Girls Podcast - Episode 4: Nesthy Petecio Knocks Down Barriers


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