June 11, 2023

'Gusto ko na umakyat eh!': Nesthy Petecio admits sheer nervousness in watching brother box in SEA Games

One Sports/Jaime Ascalon

The 32nd Southeast Asian Games were very memorable to Tokyo Olympics boxing silver medalist Nesthy Petecio. For one, she won a gold medal in the women's 57 kg division.

Second, she and all the boxers dedicated their medals to the recently-departed Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) chief Ed Picson.

Third, Nesthy Petecio found herself boxing in the same international tournament as her brother, Norlan.

She was seen very animated watching her brother fight a Singaporean in the men's 67 kg division, as posted by One Sports' Jaime Ascalon.

"Mas kabado ako nung nanonood ako, iba pala yung pakiramdam," Nesthy Petecio told One Sports' The Game on Friday night.

"Gusto ko na umakyat eh, sarap tumulong sa taas ng ring noong time na 'yun!" she added.

There are no head gear for the men in SEA Games amateur boxing, unlike for the women. So Nesthy, who has launched plenty of powerful jabs in the circuit, found herself worrying and fretful for her brother.

"Iba kasi sa lalake. Sobrang kinakabahan ako na baka matamaan siya, ma-knockout siya, or kung ano mangyari sa kanya," she recalled.

Petecio even got more emotional when her brother earned his shot at the gold medal.

Norlan though was unable to overcome his Thai opponent, Bunjong Sinsiri.


Nesthy, meanwhile, easily boxed her way to the gold medal of the SEA Games.


Who knows? Maybe this is just the start of a boxing dynasty for the Petecios.