Punching prodigy: 8-year-old boxer has sights set on greatness

Combat Sports

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Her age may be in single digits, but her approach has a singular focus. Yullicia Buenrostro is a punching prodigy.

“She trains six days a week. She boxes three times a day, does strength and conditioning twice a week with me,” said Edward Yang, Buenrostro’s trainer. “She also wakes up on Saturdays at 5 a.m. to run. I don’t know any 8-year-old kid who does that, you know.”

Her dad, Albert, says there is no bigger flex for “girl power” than moving to the fight capital of the world.

“When I was younger, me and my dad, we used to like wrestle and stuff and play fight,” said Yullicia. “I started hitting the bag. I loved it a lot.”

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“She started watching the fights with me. We decided let’s get her into boxing. what’s the worst that can happen?” said Albert. “She’s going to learn to defend herself.”

It’s a high contact sport at an early age, but the Buenrostro’s say they just want to activate their pride and joy.

The future is vast, but Yullicia is already victorious.

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