Anthony Joshua has taken a subtle dig at David Haye and Deontay Wilder over excuses the pair have previously made for their losses.

Joshua lost his world titles to Oleksandr Usyk last month, two years after losing them to huge underdog Andy Ruiz Jr.

The Brit has since spent time with renowned trainers such as Eddy Reynoso and Ronnie Shields, sparking speculation that he was planning to change trainers.

But Joshua has remained adamant that he will not part ways with longtime trainer Rob McCracken for his second fight with Usyk, only travelling Stateside to get out of his " comfort zone ".

And whilst discussing the first loss of his professional career to Andy Ruiz Jr, Joshua took a jab at Haye and Wilder for making excuses after their respective losses to Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury.

He told iFL TV : "I was looking for a replacement. Realistically, at top level we need another 10 weeks to prepare for this style of fight, but whatever bring him on.

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"It was interesting because I found out certain pieces of information two weeks after the fight as to why certain things were going the way they were going.

"It gave me reason, so what people call excuses... I could have been like my baby toe was hurting. Ruiz had machine-gun bullets in his glove.

"Whatever excuse I could have thought of at the time, I could have come up with. I felt like I had reason, I handled it myself. Every day I woke up, I looked at myself in the mirror."

Joshua didn't make excuses and took full accountability after his losses to Ruiz and Usyk.

He has vowed to make his rematch against Usyk a "war" and take the Ukrainian's soul to a point where he wants to "give up".

And Joshua thinks the excuses Wilder made for his loss to Fury did cast doubt on the Brit's win.

"I've learned excuses ain't a bad thing because it kind of muddies the water a bit. It puts some doubt in people's heads," he continued," he continued.

"I feel Fury in his trilogy with Wilder, the second fight was a phenomenal performance in my opinion. That's the one people should have been ranting and raving about.

"He took away the other man's strengths and annihilated him in seven rounds. But because of the excuses, it could have muddied that. It takes away from Fury's credibility."

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