Anthony Joshua insists he’s “proud” of Will Smith for beating Chris Rock at the Oscars and joked he should have “closed his fist”.
Mith shockingly slapped Rock in the face after the comedian’s joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, before yelling at him to stop referring to his wife.
The moment sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry, and Smith has since apologized to both Rock and the Academy for his actions.
But two-time heavyweight world champion Joshua, who is currently training for his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk, confirmed his support for Smith on Instagram, adding a picture of the pair spending time at the London 2012 Olympics, where Joshua won a gold medal.
“Proud of you brother,” Joshua wrote. “Next time close your first.”
Joshua then shared a video of the incident with Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” which dubbed the clip. The song is known for its association with the film Rocky, the most iconic boxing film in history, starring Sylvester Stallone.
Joshua will face Usyk in June, with the Ukrainian confirming he left the country and the Territorial Defense Battalion following the Russian invasion.
The two-weight world champion’s promoter Alex Krassyuk has confirmed that Saudi Arabia is in play to host the rematch.
“(Saudi Arabia) is currently being discussed,” Krassyuk told Sky Sports. “The end of June is also the point in time that we are now considering. A lot of things will depend on how fast we manage to color the papers.
“The good thing is that Usyk is already in Europe to start his preparation.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/boxing/anthony-joshua-proud-of-will-smith-but-jokes-he-should-have-closed-fist-on-chris-rock-41498980.html Anthony Joshua is ‘proud’ of Will Smith but jokes he should have ‘closed his fist’ with Chris Rock