Kearns says his side’s semi-final win gave him plenty of food for thought…Our build-up to live commentary on the big match will begin at 1.30 on Sunday afternoon – with coverage brought to you in association with Tipperary Co-Op Supervalu, Tipperary Town. Tipperary will have to eliminate some of their defensive failings if they’re to have a chance of winning the Munster senior football final this weekend.Manager Liam Kearns says the team can’t afford a repeat of the closing stages against Cork last time out when they square up to Kerry on Sunday in Killarney. Tipp are seeking to win the provincial title for the first time in over 80 years.
Andy F—ING RUIZ JR. #JoshuaRuiz pic.twitter.com/bjjNhWlbTD— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) June 2, 2019Joshua refused to make excuses following his stunning loss, saluting Ruiz on being the better man Saturday night and vowing to come back sharper for their impending rematch.But the damage was done.What started with nothing but smiles and promise from Joshua in NYC earlier in the week, ended in scathing disappointment late Saturday night with any thoughts of an undisputed title fight between he and Wilder seemingly gone in a New York minute. On paper, it all seemed like the perfect script, with his megawatt smile showing the confidence and charisma needed to make this trip a resounding success.Join DAZN and watch Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Steve Rolls on June 8But Anthony Joshua’s week in NYC turned out to be an absolute nightmare, which Andy Ruiz Jr. capped emphatically with a seventh-round TKO of the British fighter in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.There were telling signs that Joshua’s week in the Big Apple was getting progressively worse leading up to his monumental loss, too.On Tuesday, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder took to his social media accounts and announced a rematch with Luis Ortiz, with a date and venue to be named soon. Not only did “The Bronze Bomber” dash hopes of a fight with Joshua in 2019, but he immediately stole major thunder from AJ’s U.S. debut in the process.The conscious timing of Wilder’s announcement also put pressure on Joshua to name his next move in the midst of preparing for Ruiz. Right then and there, Joshua was being asked to look ahead of Ruiz — not an ideal situation.As a response to Wilder tabbing Ortiz as his next fight, Joshua, while speaking with Sky Sports on Thursday, named everyone from Kubrat Pulev to Oleksandr Usyk, Michael Hunter, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte as a possible next opponent following Ruiz.Also on Thursday, following their press conference face-off, Joshua inexplicably let Ruiz hold his belts. The gesture was seen as good sportsmanship, but little did AJ know that “The Destroyer” would snatch that hardware right off of him the hard way about 48 hours later.On Friday evening, Wilder made sure to continue to cast a shadow over Joshua’s U.S. debut by amending his announcement from earlier in the week by mentioning that his Ortiz rematch will be followed by a second fight with Tyson Fury. Wilder and Fury fought to a thrilling split-draw in December and were supposed to have the rematch earlier this spring, but the latter signing a deal with Top Rank momentarily foiled those plans.Wilder took a page right out of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s playbook in calculating the timing of these announcements to solar eclipse anything else going on in boxing — in this case, his rival Joshua’s U.S. debut.How much Wilder’s timed announcements played into Joshua’s mindset entering Saturday night’s fight against Ruiz is anybody’s guess, but the British boxer’s American debut couldn’t have gone much worse.After dropping Ruiz with a left hook in the third round, Joshua looked to be on his way to yet another stoppage victory and seventh defense of his titles. He nailed Ruiz with a straight right hand next, but sloppily let his guard down, as Ruiz hit the champ with a left hook to the temple that knocked off AJ’s equilibrium. Joshua tumbled to the canvas seconds later, and his legs were never the same. Joshua would taste the canvas one more time that round.Although he looked to possibly have his legs back by the fifth round, Ruiz used a barrage of punches in the seventh to drop Joshua for a third time, before closing in and scoring his fourth knockdown of the fight. Referee Michael Griffin asked Joshua if he’s ready to continue to box thereafter, but didn’t get the confident answer he was looking for, leading him to stop the fight to the shock of crowd and world, as Ruiz became the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent. Anthony Joshua’s stateside debut at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night was supposed to mark the continuation of the unified world heavyweight champion further entrenching his international star power.He had already conquered his native England, drawing a British record of 90,000 raucous fans at Wembley Stadium to witness his career-defining 11th-round TKO of Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017. So, what better place to start his U.S. conquest than the media capital of the world, New York City, in “The World’s Most Famous Arena” and “The Mecca of Boxing?”