Jadakiss on Joshua’s Arrival In NYC: “…it’s good for the culture.”

Veteran rapper Jadakiss attended the Joshua-Ruiz press conference at the Beacon Theatre and kept it simple on Joshua-Wilder

Heavyweight rapper Jadakiss was among those in attendance at New York City’s Beacon Theatre today to attend the Anthony Joshua versus Andy Ruiz Jr press conference. Unified champion Joshua and challenger Ruiz wind down fight week activities tomorrow with their weigh-in, ahead of Saturday night’s Heavyweight world championship fight. The bout takes place at Madison Square Garden, and will be streamed on the DAZN app.

Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz during their final Press Conference ahead of their World Heavyweight Title fight at Madison Square Garden on 1st June 2019. 30th May 2019 Picture By Mark Robinson.

Jadakiss took a moment to speak with AB Boxing News, sharing some thoughts on Joshua’s debut fight on US soil, as well as his level of anticipation for the division’s looming undisputed bout – Joshua vs Wilder.

Joshua’s stewing rivalry with undefeated WBC Heavyweight Deontay Wilder has made it difficult for the Brit to engender widespread support stateside, but ‘Kiss was open-minded concerning the 29-year old IBF/WBA/WBO champion.

“It’s good, you know what I mean. It’s good for the sport of boxing, it’s good for the Heavyweight division, and it’s good for the culture.”

The former Bad Boy artist and Rough Ryders standout was also aware of Joshua’s need to get past Ruiz, while being straight-forward regarding the potential showdown with Wilder.

“Hopefully he’s victorious this Saturday, and then we can get ready for the preparation of the Joshua-Wilder that the whole world really wants to see. And really get the Heavyweight division back to where it used to be.”

The Yonkers, New York native emerged from his Bad Boy beginnings with Sean “Puffy” Combs to graduate to a standalone artist after consistently shining throughout all of collaborative work as a member of the Rough Ryder roster. In 2000, The LOX released their debut record We Are The Streets on that imprint, and during the outro of the trio’s lead-off single “Wild Out” listeners learned ‘Kiss was a fan of the sweet science.

In the skit, an exhausted Jadakiss objected to handling anymore recording duties for the day with this memorable salvo:

I’m tired, I’m not doin a verse today, man
I’ll do this s— tomorrow, man
Do da hook and everything, man
Just save me 16 bars
I’ll be there tomorrow
I’m watchin a fight and chillin, tired man

One wouldn’t expect one of the most lethal rappers in hip hop to obfuscate the situation between the Joshua and Wilder camps – as many have chosen to do on purpose. Unfortunately, the rapper who rose to fame largely on the success of the single “It’s All About The Benjamins” probably stays too busy to keep up with what’s become boxing’s worst soap opera. On Tuesday Wilder took to Twitter to drop a bomb on any ’19 hopes for the fight.

Fight fans you may choose to “Wild Out” if you like, but this writer is in favor of “F— the frail s—, uh” because without this fight “We Gonna Make It.”

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