Buentello’s heavy hands and willingness to engage are his best allies in the fight.
“Just try to break that aura,” he said of his model for bullies. “Stay in their face. Throw as many punches as I can. If you’ve ever heard that saying, a fighter can never be made, you’re either born with it or you’re not? Everybody knows I don’t have the skill. I don’t have that look. But I guarantee, and everybody knows, if I show up to fight, I’m gonna bring it. I’m a gamer.
“That’s one of the things that makes it interesting. He don’t care, and I’ve been through some really tough fights and I don’t care what happens. I’m going to let my hands go no matter what. Yvel’s going to bring it 110 percent and I’m going to match him every step that he goes.”
Buentello also carries the belief that fate will decide who shows up that night; if he’s on his game, if Yvel’s off, or if they’re both on. Training, dieting, and sleeping – those are the variables that can be controlled.
“If I’m on the top of my game and he makes just a couple of mistakes, and I’m on, I’ll probably be able to stop him,” Buentello continued. “But if he’s on, and I’m on, it’s going to be a long fricking night.
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