Anthony Joshua ‘proud’ of Will Smith but jokes he should have ‘closed fist’

Will Smith beat comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars on Sunday night and former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua joked the actor should have “closed his fist”.

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Anthony Joshua joked that Will Smith should “close his fist” after the actor met comedian Chris Rock at Sunday night’s Oscars.

Smith punched Rock in the face after the funny man has done a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. The incident shocked the entertainment world and Many have criticized Smith for his actionsalthough Rock is not expected to press charges.

Two-time World Heavyweight Champion Joshua – who is currently preparing for his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk – shed light on the incident Instagram by sharing a picture of him and Smith from the London 2012 Olympics, where the British boxer won gold.

“Proud of you brother,” Joshua wrote. “Next time close first.” The boxer also shared a video of the incident with Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger playing over it. The song became famous in Rocky, the most iconic boxing film in history, starring Sylvester Stallone.

No one expected the actor to take to the stage and smack Rock after the comedian made a misjudged joke about Jada’s hairstyle – the result of alopecia, a hair loss condition.

“Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2,” said Rock, referring to the 1997 film, which starred Demi Moor with his head shaved. Seconds after Rock’s joke, Smith approached the stage and punched him in the face. “Will Smith just blew my mind,” the comedian said after the incident.

Anthony Joshua shared this picture of him and Will Smith following Sunday night’s incident



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The audience laughed in anticipation of it being staged, but silence soon fell in Los Angeles as Smith – now back in his seat – began yelling at Rock. “Take my wife’s name out of your damn mouth,” the actor said aggressively.

“Wow dude that was a GI Jane joke,” Rock replied. To which Smith – again in an aggressive manner – replied, “Keep my wife’s name out of your friggin’ mouth.” Rock replied, “I will, OK.” The comedian was visibly shaken by the incident.

Smith beat Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars


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Smith apologized to the Oscar Film Academy while accepting his Best Actor award, presented for his performance as Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams, in the film King Richard. He didn’t specifically apologize to Rock.

“I want to apologize to the academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow candidates,” Smith said. He continued, “Love will make you do crazy things.”

The Oscar Film Academy has condemned Smith’s behavior. “The Academy condemns Mr Smith’s actions at last night’s show,” a spokesman said. “We have officially begun a formal review of the incident and will review further actions and consequences consistent with our bylaws, standards of conduct and California law.”

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