Young boxers react to Crawford sentencing

Posted at 11:14 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 00:15:09-05

Omaha boxing champion Terence Crawford is out of jail after a judge sentenced him to 90 days for his conviction on misdemeanor disorderly conduct and damaging property.

Crawford left jail late this afternoon after posting an appeal bond.

Those who look up to the local boxing celebrity are shocked by how harsh the judge was.

“Terrance Crawford has always been a role model to me-I always look up to him,” said 15-year-old boxer Jeremiah Perales.

“He started from nothing and became Omaha’s champion,” said 15-year-old boxer Gerardo Ortiz.

“He’s like my idol, he makes me want to go pro,” said 12-year-old boxer Moses Diaz.

On Thursday, a Douglas County judge sentenced Crawford to serve 90 days in jail, 2-years probation, 120 hours of community service for two misdemeanor counts--property damage and disorderly conduct for an April incident at an auto body shop that involved his vehicle.

For these young boxers who idolize Crawford, they say the judge's sentence was a gut-punch.

“I thought it was fake, I didn't think it was real-I’m just surprised,” said Perales.

“I didn't really think it was necessary, like Omaha is bringing down their own champ for boxing,” said Diaz.

But just like a fight, these boxers say Crawford will rebound.

“Get over with it and move on,” said Ortiz.

While handing down the sentence the judge admonished Crawford.. telling him – ‘you conducted yourself as above the law because you think you are’.