JOSHUA FEAR JAY-MAKER
Anthony Joshua once thought he was going to be PUNCHED by hip-hop legend Jay-Z.
The Unified Heavyweight Champion managed to snap a photo with the “Big Pimpin” star at a Will Smith US premiere.
But the music mogul was far from happy with AJ’s approach to grabbing the cliché. Speaking to William Hill, Joshua recalled, “Jay-Z was cool.
“I was at a Will Smith premiere once, years ago. And like I said, Jay-Z, I listened to this a week ago.
‘The Streets is Watching’, ‘Hard Knock Life’, I love that stuff. “Dead presidents”.
“So imagine – do you know those cute houses that look like mansions and they have a staircase in the middle and they go left to right and they come back?
“Pure opulence. I was at that grand premiere and it was one of those grand stairs and I was up on the left. And I saw Jay-Z come in.
“And in my head, I was like, ‘Yo, there’s Jay-Z. “You know what I mean? Ready to jump off the balcony. But I was like, ‘Play it cool.’
“So I thought, which way is he going to go up those stairs. Because if I stand to the left and he continues to the right, there are too many people, that’s a first.
“Thank goodness I was standing on the right side. As he walked over I was kind of like (grabs his wrist), ‘Jay, do you mind if I take a picture?’ And he kind of looked at my hand, yeah, like, ‘Boy, I’m gonna break your head if you don’t get off my hand.’
“But that was just one of those things where I just gave the camera to the guy.
“And in this photo, I think it’s one of the first photos on my Instagram, Jay-Z just has an ordinary face. And there’s me with a big smile.”