Nebraska’s own boxing champ Terence “Bud” Crawford was honored Thursday night as the Omaha Press Club’s “Face on the Barroom Floor” and presented with the keys to the city.
In a special ceremony preceding the ceremony and roast, Mayor Jean Stothert gave Crawford the keys to Omaha. Yes, you heard right. Crawford’s ceremony included a roast.
Ultimate Fighting Championship Mixed Martial Arts fighter Houston Alexander served as emcee. Roasters included Treven Coleman, an local amateur boxer and Desmond Wilford, Crawford’s strength and conditioning coach.
Here’s the image presented by Omaha artist Jim Horan to Crawford during the roast…
Horan, a boxing fan who has followed Crawford’s career, explained what you’ll see in the illustration.
>> A punch from Bud’s right hand is putting Yuriokis Gamboa on the canvas and his lethal left hook is putting down Thomas Dulorme. Crawford’s ability to switch his attack from right hand to southpaw is nothing short of amazing.
>> Boxing analysts have compared his skill to another ambidextrous boxer, “Marvelous Marvin Hagler,” but stopped short of calling him “Terrific Terry Crawford.”
>> Crawford is wearing his Omaha, Nebraska trunks. The first time I saw him fight on HBO, I thought his name was Omaha.
>> In the background at ringside are Terence’s parents. His mother is showing him a wicked one-two punch. I actually saw her doing this during his fight with Dulorme.
>> His father is wearing a big grin. And his two sisters are just so beautiful, they’re “knockouts.”
>> His four children are cheering him on and their mother is beaming with pride. In the background is a B and B Boxing Academy sign.
>> HBO’s Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman are giving the thousands of fans attending and the millions watching worldwide a spirited account of the action. One Face stands out. Warren Buffett is enjoying the action in the nose-bleed section. I actually saw him on HBO at the fight.