At North Omaha gym, Bud Crawford mentors young fighter who "reminds me of me


January 13, 2022

Leo Adam Biga | Flatwater Free Press

Busby with Bud Crawford, the Omahan who is current welterweight champion and arguably the finest fighter of his era. Busby, whose father was killed in 2011, is mentored by Crawford, much as Crawford was mentored by the late Midge Minor. "He reminds me of me," Crawford says of Busby.



As fighters went through their paces one recent night at B&B Sports Academy, its co-owner, world welterweight boxing champion Terence "Bud" Crawford, got right in the mix, interacting with pros and amateurs alike. He coached boxers at the North Omaha gym, teased them, cajoled them, encouraged them.

He occasionally glanced over at 11-year-old Reno Busby, a nationally ranked USA Boxing bantamweight. Busby's coaches – and Crawford himself – believe the Davis Middle School sixth grader may have the talent to go far in the sport.

But on this evening, Busby...

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