Anthony Joshua has jokingly said he wants to “go back to fighting some easy opponents” after watching heavyweight rival Tyson Fury outclass Tom Schwarz in two rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Fury knocked down his German opponent in the second round of their clash – just two weeks on from Joshua’s surprising defeat at the hands of unheralded Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr, in which the Briton conceded his WBA, IBF and WBO titles.
Speaking in a live Instagram story, Joshua praised Fury for his performance but couldn’t resist landing a small dig at the self-proclaimed 'Gypsy King'.
“Thoughts on Tyson Fury’s win? He done what he had to,” Joshua shrugged.
“I could talk s*** but he done what he had to, well played to him.
“I wanna go back to fighting some easy opponents,” he joked, before being asked about Schwarz’s ranking.
“56th. I think, why am out here doing all this s*** myself? D’ya know what I mean?”
In the wake of his victory over Schwarz, Fury also made time to take aim at his domestic rival.
“I don’t take myself too seriously. I’m big, fat, bald-headed and I came walking out in an Uncle Sam outfit.
“A couple of weeks ago we saw a man (Joshua) who was a bit afraid to be in the ring. Did I show any of that? I don’t think so.
“I love to fight, I love when the crowd is all there and want to see a good fight, the big attention. I thrive with all of that sort of stuff.”
Next up for Fury could be Kubrat Pulev or even drugs cheat Jarrell Miller, with the American's doping ban set to end in September.
For Joshua, a rematch against Ruiz has been pencilled in for November or December.
WBC king Deontay Wilder has also got other opponents scheduled in, with a rematch with Luis Ortiz planned for later this year.
So, once again, the fights that boxing fans want to see most will not materialise in 2019.