I feared Jay-Z would’ve punched me at a movie premiere — Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua has revealed that he once thought he was going to be punched by hip-hop legend, Jay-Z.
The unified heavyweight champion managed to grab a photo with the ‘Big Pimpin” star at a Will Smith movie premiere in the United States, The SUN UK reports.
Joshua revealed that Jay-Z was far from happy with his approach to taking the photograph.
Speaking during an interview with William Hill, Joshua recalled, “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 in my head, I was like, ‘Yo, there’s Jay-Z.’ Know what I mean? Ready to jump down 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.
“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. And in that picture, I think it’s one of the first pictures on my Instagram, Jay-Z has just got a plain face. And there’s me with a big smile.”
Joshua’s admiration for Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) stems from the 51-year-old’s rags to riches story.
Joshua said, “He’s a hustler, isn’t he? He came from the bottom. But he also transferred his music ability into becoming one of the most successful businessmen in the music industry.”
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