WE ARE MORE THAN BOXING
B&B’s primary service area focuses on children and young adults between the ages of 8-18 years old. What separates B&B from other community sports academies is that our services are offered free of charge, breaking down barriers and making programming accessible to all youth.
REAL B&B ACADEMY
Small for her age, when Haley Roberts started high school she struggled
with self-esteem issues until she found the gym.
“I was self-conscious about how small I was and everything. I felt different from everyone else because everyone had a sport they were good in but I was never good at sports. Then when I found boxing I realized I had more strength and power than I thought, and I put it to good use,” she says. “I enjoy coming. I just enjoy the sport. It helps my confidence, it helps me feel better about myself all around.” She likes the communal approach used at the gym. “I enjoy the different people who train me. Certain days we’ll work on certain things, like our footwork or straight punches. We just work on different things as a group. It’s really a team environment.”
Having a world champion on hand in the person of Terence “Bud” Crawford is an extra benefit of training there.
“When Terence is in town to train everyone comes in and wants to train with him. It’s really cool seeing the Crawford entourage coming in. It’s amazing actually just watching his fights and realizing, ‘Oh, I train with him.’ It’s really cool, too, that he kind of helps everyone (with pointers).”
With Bud and Co. behind her, Haley is excited about her potential in and out of the ring.
“I’d like to show everyone that girls can do what guys can do. I’d like to go as far as I possibly can in the sport.”
Promising amateur lightweight Treven Coleman-Avant, an Omaha Burke High School graduate, wants to be the next champion produced by the gym.
In addition to Bud, there is rising star light heavyweight Steven “So Cold” Nelson. Treven, who trains with both in Omaha and in Colorado Springs, sees no reason why he cannot follow their footsteps. He uses their dedication to the craft and what they accomplish inside the ring as inspiration and before benchmark for himself.
“It all comes with work ethic – hard work and heart. I feed off those guys’ energy and I add it onto mine. Omaha isn’t done producing champions, I’ll tell you that right now.”
Just like his role models, he wants to be a champion outside the ring, too. He senses the same is true for all the people who train there.
“There’s been a flood of new people coming in wanting to get their life changed and that’s the goal of the gym being down in this environment – to pull people off
the streets and change their lives.”
Treven says the mentoring he’s received there inspires him to mentor others by “giving advice, showing the right steps to take that you didn’t take.”
At B&B, he says, “you learn great leadership,” adding. “It’s built me up as a person. Boxing takes a lot of discipline and dedication and I take that attitude to the other things I do in life – to my work, to being a father. You’ve got to give it your all or you’ll come up short.”
Treven, who has been around boxing his whole life, has developed a special bond with Bud that’s made him a member of Team Crawford. “To be part of his team and to see where he’s come from to now is a tremendous thing. He’s been like a brother to me.”
ALAN & ARY PANDURO ANGULO
Siblings Alan and Ary Panduro Angulo hail from a boxing family. Their uncle Alfredo Angula is a highly regarded Mexican prizefighter who once held the WBO light middleweight title. The boys, were trained by their father at home before they tried out some gyms. After meeting Bud they fell in with him and his B&B Boxing Academy and they have not looked anywhere else since. Training there, Alan has learned the value of putting his all into the sport.
“It’s like really hard work – hitting the pads, hitting the bag, doing push-ups, doing jumping jacks, it’s just a lot of hard work. It pays off in fights, you know,” says Alan, who was among the first fighters to compete for B&B. The brothers say the work ethic that boxing demands carries over to their schoolwork and chores.
Alan says it doesn’t hurt either being surrounded by champions who exemplify what it takes to be successful. “It gives me motivation,” he says. Getting advice from a world champion, he adds is, “really awesome.”
Ary also appreciates having Bud in his corner. “He’s very gracious. He motivates
everyone in the gym. Whenever I’m tired and I sit down he’s like. ‘Go hit the bag and exercise more.’ He’s like always there. He’s great, he’s really a nice guy to be around. He’s very cool and funny. I like him a lot.” He says the coaches look out for him and his brother: “They’ve always got our back.”
Ary, who’s battled obesity, appreciates the health benefits he sees from getting in good shape and staying fit. “It’s helped me lose weight and it’s gotten me in good condition.” That’s given him a better self-image.
Both brothers and their father, who is a B&B coach, enjoy traveling to different
cities and states for tournaments for the education and experience it gives them.