Anthony Joshua once thought he would be punched by hip-hop legend Jay-Z.
The Unified Heavyweight Champion managed to snap a picture with the ‘Big Pimpin’ star at the Will Smith movie premiere in the States.
But the music mogul wasn’t happy with AJ’s approach to grabbing the snap.
speak with William Hill Joshua recalled: “Jay-Z was good.
“I was at the premiere of Will Smith once years ago. And like I said, Jay-Z, I heard that a week ago.
‘The Streets Is Watching’, ‘Hard Knock Life’, I just love that stuff. ‘Dead Presidents’.
“So imagine – you know those lovely houses that are like mansion houses and they have a staircase in the middle and they turn left and right and they come back?
“Pure prosperity. I was at this big premiere and it was one of those big stairs and I was on the top left. And I saw Jay-Z walk in.
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“And in my head, I was like, ‘Yo, there’s Jay-Z.’ Know what I mean? Ready to jump down from the balcony. But I thought, ‘play it cool’.
“So I thought, which way is he going to come up these stairs. Because if I’m standing on the left and he goes to the right, there’s a lot of people, it’s a premonition.
“Thank god I was standing on the right. As he came up, I was like (grabs his wrist), ‘Jay, do you get a picture?’
“And he looked at my hand, yeah, like, ‘Boy, if you don’t take my hand, I’ll break your head.’
“But it was just one of those things where I gave the guy the camera.
“And in that picture, I think it’s one of the first pictures on my Instagram, Jay-Z’s got a plain face. And I’m 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.
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AJ said of the American: “He’s a hustler, isn’t he? He came from below.
“But he also transferred his musical ability to become one of the most successful businessmen in the music industry.”
The 31-year-old is currently gearing up for his unified heavyweight title defense against Oleksandr Usik, whom he will meet at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night.
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