Chris Rock’s brother challenges Will Smith to boxing match after Oscars slap

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Chris Rock’s brother wants to do battle with Will Smith after his viral slap in the face of the comedian at the Oscars.

Kenny Rock recently signed a deal with Celebrity Boxing founder Damon Feldman to fight this summer in Florida.

Kenny has yet to be paired with an opponent, but when pressed by TMZ, he hinted that coming face-to-face with Smith wasn’t a bad idea.

“I should get in the ring with Will Smith,” Chris’s younger brother Kenny said, adding, “No ifs, ands or buts about that. I’ll let the hands do the talking.”

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Kenny was also asked how Chris has been doing since the slap was performed for millions on live TV.

“He’s doing great. I haven’t seen him, but we’ve talked,” Kenny said.

The comedian’s brother then surmised that Chris probably didn’t accept Smith’s apology.

“I very seriously doubt it,” Kenny said, pointing out that he hasn’t discussed it with his brother yet.

“I didn’t want to talk about it,” he added.

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Kenny went on to say “we’ll have to see” if the Film Academy keeps its promise to ban Smith from the ceremony for 10 years. He suggested that he isn’t convinced the Academy is sticking to their plan.

Last week, the Academy ruled that Smith was not allowed to attend the Oscars or any Academy event for 10 years.

Promoter Damon Feldman poses with Kenny Rock at the signing of an official contract for a celebrity boxing match on April 12, 2022 in New York City.

Promoter Damon Feldman poses with Kenny Rock at the signing of an official contract for a celebrity boxing match on April 12, 2022 in New York City.
(John Lamarsky)

“The 94th Academy Awards were meant to be a celebration of the many people in our community who did an incredible job last year. However, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and damaging behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage” , the board of governors said in a letter.

“During our TV show, we did not adequately deal with the situation in the room. For that, we are sorry. It was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, our viewers, and our academic family around the world, and we fell short – unprepared for the unprecedented.

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Will Smith punches Chris Rock before the comedian presents the award for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars on March 27, 2022 in Los Angeles.

Will Smith punches Chris Rock before the comedian presents the award for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars on March 27, 2022 in Los Angeles.
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

“Today the Board of Governors called a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. The Board decided, for a period of 10 years from of April 8, 2022, that Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.

“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Rock for keeping his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We would also like to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their composure and grace during our television show .

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Will Smith receiving his award for ‘King Richard’ at the Oscars.
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

“This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step towards a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests and restoring trust in the academy. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.”

Following the board’s decision, Smith released a brief statement. “I accept and respect the decision of the Academy,” read the statement obtained by Fox News Digital.

Smith’s apology to Rock came in the form of a statement he shared on social media a day after the broadcast. Since then, Rock has said he won’t talk about the incident “until I get paid.”

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