Anthony Joshua says he’s ‘proud’ of Will Smith having watched him slap Chris Rock at the Oscars – but also had some advice for the actor.
Shockwaves were sent across Hollywood when Smith attacked host Rock, who made a joke at the expense of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
In reference to the buzzcut of Jada, who suffers from Alopecia, Rock said: “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2.”
Smith took matters into his own hands and marched on stage to confront the comedian.
He then struck Rock before returning to his seat and shouting twice: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f****** mouth.”
The 53-year-old went on to win the Oscar for best actor for his leading role in King Richard, in which he plays the father and coach of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.
The incident has divided many and plenty across the sporting world have chosen to react too.
Nate Diaz re-enacted the slap on UFC chief Dana White, while YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul offered Smith and Rock the chance to go on the undercard for Paul’s prospective return to fighting in August.
It’s clear Joshua is very much on Smith’s side having posted a video of the slap on his Instagram story with Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger playing in the background.
Joshua also posted a picture of him and Smith sparring on his story, captioned: “Proud of you Bro. Next time close your fist.”
Tyson Fury also made reference to the Oscars incident as he shared a mocked-up picture of the moment Smith slapped Rock on his Instagram page.
The picture has Fury’s face on Smith’s with Dillian Whyte’s head placed on Rock’s.
Underneath the picture, Fury posted the hashtag #TeamFury.
Fury will face fellow Brit Whyte in a heavyweight world title fight at Wembley Stadium on April 23, live on talkSPORT.