ANTHONY JOSHUA was "proud" of Will Smith for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars and offered the Hollywood star advice for "next time".
All hell broke loose on stage at the Academy Awards after Rock made a joke about Smith's wife Jada on stage, sparking a furious reaction.
The movie legend stormed the stage and smacked comic Rock – leaving those in attendance and watching at home stunned.
But former heavyweight world champion AJ had a different reaction and called for Smith to turn it into a punch.
Joshua, 32, uploaded a picture holding pads for the actor and posted: "Proud of you bro. Next time close the fist."
The altercation came after funny-man Rock said: "Jada, I love you, G. I. Jane 2, can't wait to see it."
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Demi Moore, 59, famously shaved her head for her role in the original 1997 movie.
Jada, 50, on the contrary, has been struggling with hair loss for years due to her alopecia diagnosis, and last year decided to shave it all off.
Smith, 53, stormed the stage and hit presenter Rock, 57, before shouting: "Leave my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth."
Later, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air legend, who in 2001 played Muhammad Ali, won Best Actor for his role as Richard Williams in King Richard.
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Smith tearfully apologised to the Academy during his speech – but not to Rock.
He said: "I want to apologise to the Academy, I want to apologise to all my fellow nominees.
"This is a beautiful moment, and I'm not crying for winning an award."
He has however since released a statement admitting he was "out of line" and saying sorry to Rock.
He wrote: "Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable.
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"Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.
"I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong."
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