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Anthony Joshua feared Jay-Z was going to punch him at Will Smith movie premiere

Anthony Joshua has revealed how he once thought hip-hop icon Jay-Z was going to punch him in the head.

The boxing champ at heavyweight recalled meeting Jay-Z in 2013, and asked for a photo.

AJ, 31 years old, is now a worldwide icon having defeated Wladimir Klitschko, Andy Ruiz, and was just a rising star after winning a gold medal in the London Olympic Games.

After the boxer grabbed his wrist, Jay-Z was apparently annoyed and snubbed him.



Jay-Z was annoyed at the boxer for grabbing his wrist
Jay-Z was annoyed at the boxer for grabbing his wrist

Speaking to William Hill, Joshua said: “Jay-Z was cool. I was at a Will Smith premiere once, years ago.

“So imagine – you know those lovely houses that are like mansion houses and they’ve got a stairway in the middle and they depart around left and right and they come back?

“Pure opulence. I was at this big premiere and it was one of those big staircases and I was in the top left. And I saw Jay-Z walk in.

“And I was thinking, “Yo, JayZ.” Do you see what I mean? Ready to jump off the balcony. But I thought, “Play it cool”.

“So I thought, what way is he gonna come up these stairs. Because if I stand on the left and he goes on right, there’s too many people, it’s a premiere.



Anthony Joshua has since gone on to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world
Anthony Joshua has since gone on to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world

“Thank God I stood at the right side. As he come up, I was kind of like (grabs his wrist), ‘Jay, do you mind if I get a picture?’

“And he kind of looked at my hand, yeah, like, ‘Boy, I will bust your head if you don’t get off my hand.’

“But it was just one of those things where I just gave the guy the camera.

“It’s one of my first Instagram photos, Jay-Z looks plain in that photo. I smile big.”

Joshua will defend his titles against unbeaten Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.

Anthony Joshua feared Jay-Z was going to punch him at Will Smith movie premiere
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