Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua says he thought Jay-Z wanted to punch him the first time they ever came face to face.
“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,” Joshua says per HHDX.
“And I saw JAY-Z walk in,” he continues. “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 the right, there are too many people. It’s a premiere. Thank God I stood at the right side.”
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But Joshua says things went left after grabbing the rapper’s wrist.
“‘Jay, do you mind if I get a picture? And he kind of looked at my hand, 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.”