Camp in Thailand, tune up for PH pugs

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Philippines runner-up Nesthy Petecio celebrates after the women’s boxing final bout (54-57kg) against Japan’s Sena Irie during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on August 3, 2021. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / POOL / AFP)

Olympic silver medalist Nesthy Petecio is preparing for a series of tournaments to get back into shape for the Paris 2024 Olympic qualifier.

The defending Southeast Asian Games (SEA) featherweight champion will field a seven-person women’s team at a week-long training camp in Thailand starting Wednesday, where the world’s top female boxers Asia should show up.

Shortly after the camp, Petecio will compete in the Thailand Open from April 1-10 in the resort town of Phuket, his first major competition since the Tokyo Olympics last year.

“Right now, I’m focusing on my conditioning. My coaches help me little by little. We went back to basics,” Petecio said in Filipino.

Former world champion Josie Gabuco (light flyweight), Tokyo Olympian Irish Magno and Aira Villegas (flyweight), Riza Pasuit (featherweight), Maricel dela Torre (lightweight) join 29-year-old Petecio in the camp and at the Thailand Open. and Hergie Bacyadan (middleweight).

“It (Thailand Open) serves as a tune-up for the team preparing for the SEA Games,” said women’s national boxing team head coach Reynaldo Galido in Filipino.

“The training camp will also measure the ability of our boxers as they face some of the strongest opponents in Asia,” added Galido, who will be assisted by Mitchell Martinez and Jogen Ladon in the camp. INQ

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