Reyes said:

“It all went exactly how I thought it was gonna go, seven-plus months taking a bit of the sting out of the defeat. It went even better because I did it over the course of a fight instead of just knocking him out early.”

Looking back, Reyes would have taken that early knockout.

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“Oh yeah, absolutely,” he laughs. And as much as getting thisclose to a world title and falling short hurt, Reyes took it as part of the game and moved on. I ask the 30-year-old Californian if the 20-year-old version of himself would be so graceful.

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