Terence Crawford refuses to keep kids on lockdown and claims media are using coronavirus ‘fear to try to control people’ – The Sun
TERENCE CRAWFORD is refusing to keep his children on lockdown and is going to the gym as normal because he doubts the truth of coronavirus.
The welterweight boxing star, 32, instead believes the virus is a media scare trying to instil "fear to try to control us".
That is despite the USA recording 18,600 deaths as a result of the virus and half a million confirmed cases, with more than 2,000 of those deaths coming in the latest 24-hour period.
Asked on the latest Chris Mannix boxing podcast about how life has changed with the country in lockdown, Crawford admitted things are running as normal for him and his family.
The American said: "It ain't no different to any other day. I’m not locked up in the house. I’m good. They get to go out. I’m not locking my kids up in the house, I'm telling you.
"I don't feel like, a lot, all these people that they say are dying and sick from it is actually true. I think they're using fear to try to control us right now… for something else.
"I don't know what it is but me personally, I just can't agree with a whole bunch of things that they're saying now.
“The media runs the world. You put anything on then everybody’s gonna run with it and you’ll have people scared.”
“If it’s so bad then why are people still picking up trash (garbage man), why are people working but you can only do take out.
"I have a load of questions I need answers to. What about all the police officers that are still working?
"Me, if I was a cop, if it was that bad, then I wouldn’t be working. I don’t agree with what they’re saying.”
Crawford was asked whether he knew anybody who had contracted Covid-19 and admitted a friend did, but has since made a full recovery.
'Bud' then confessed to still attending his boxing gym as normal and training every day.
He added: "They said it really don't affect healthy individuals, only the elderly or those with problems like asthma or breathing disorders – but that's like any cold or flu.
"You've got to protect the ones with body issues like overweight or obesity.
"One of our friends said she had it but she said she's doing better now so that was the only person.
"I don't talk to them [management team Top Rank] about it [coronavirus]. We ain't had one conversation about it. When the world picks back up to normal, we're gonna do our thing.
"I'm enjoying time with my family, at home, laid back and chilled. I'm not anxious.
"I have my own boxing gym and I've got everything: treadmill, bikes, Jacob ladders, whatever you need I've got it
"I train every day – I left the gym not too long ago."
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Crawford is not the only high-profile sporting personality to reject the reality or authenticity of the coronavirus.
Fellow boxer Amir Khan, who Crawford beat in April 2019, released a series of bizarre videos where he blames the coronavirus on the building of "5G towers".
The British star believes the cause of Covid-19 is "man-made" for "population control" but experts have told The Sun that linking the coronavirus with 5G is rubbish.
Meanwhile, WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan compared the crisis to the “plagues of Egypt” and says God has “taken away everything we worship”.
The wrestling icon, real name Terry Bollea, made the claims in a lengthy Instagram post.
Crawford has a perfect record of 36 wins from 36 professional bouts and holds the WBO welterweight world title.
He was expected to put it on the line with a fight this summer – with many wanting to see him take on WBC and IBF champ Errol Spence Jr – but insists he could still be ready to go by the end of May.
The 32-year-old confessed the pair had chatted on FaceTime about making the fight happen, with both confident they can beat the other.
However, the thought of stepping into a ring in front of an empty arena does not appeal to Crawford, who would demand more money if that was to be the scenario.
He said: "Six weeks? Yeah I could fight in six weeks. I'm not sparring but in six weeks most likely I could be ready.
"If it was to happen [behind closed doors] then they'd have to pay me more because fighters of my status get paid by the people coming as well.
"You've got to pay me to go up there and do what I do. We're taking a big risk and a health risk.
"When we [Crawford vs Spence] fight I truly feel I'm gonna f*** him up and he thinks the same. Let's see who's telling the truth."
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