Anthony Joshua was like a teenage boy in love when he was greeted by Canelo Alvarez ahead of his fight with Rocky Fielding.
When the couple both signed US broadcast deals with the emerging streaming service DAZN in 2018, Joshua began by eliminating Alexander Povetkin in September.
Three months later, the heavyweight king flew to New York’s Madison Square Garden to witness Canelo arrive as he stopped Fielding in three rounds.
Before the first bell rang, the Mexican pound-for-pound king spotted his fellow boxing superstar at ringside.
Canelo pointed his fist directly at the Briton in respect, AJ not sure how to respond.
Joshua’s friend next to him at ringside filmed the encounter, then turned the camera towards the heavyweight champion.
Joshua pretended to pass out when Canelo recognized him. He pretended to pass out for the star of the show.
It was a clear sign of the star power that Canelo commands and at the time the two were the two biggest attractions in world boxing.
That remains true today and AJ is now ready for his next fight against Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Canelo will face Caleb Plant in an undisputed showdown on November 6.