Two Irish fighters compete for Olympic quarter-final places in their respective weight classes on Wednesday morning.
Canal BC’s Walker is up first and will be looking to build on his impressive round of 32 win over Jose Quiles Brotons.
To do that he will have to defeat the fighter deemed the best at the weight. Walker faces gold medal favourite, reigning World Amateur Champion, and the #1 seed for the tournament, Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov.
Castlerea fighter, Aoife O’Rourke has a tough but not impossible challenge in what is her Olympic debut.
O’Rourke starts against China’s Li Qian, a bronze medallist at Rio, the 2018 World Champion, and 2019 Asian champion. If the rapidly improving Roscommon boxer can catch the 31-year-old on the hop then it will be a medal bout most likely against Indian veteran Pooja Rani – who won the 2021 Asian Championships in Qian’s absence.
Walker takes to the ring in and around 4:30am, while O’Rourke will fight at the Kokugikan Arena at the more reasonable hour of 10:15am.
You can watch the fight on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.
🕒@Tokyo2020 Day 5 Schedule🕒— IABA (@IABABOXING) July 27, 2021
A big day in between the ropes tomorrow with 2️⃣ boxers in Last 16 action including @KurtWalker7‘s 2nd bout in 🇯🇵 & @AoifeORourke11‘s Olympic debut!
04:36 K.Walker v 🇺🇿
10:18 A.O’Rourke v 🇨🇳
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57kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Jose Quiles (Spain) 5-0
81kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) lost to Dilshod Ruzmetov (Uzbekistan) 0-5
52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) lost to Carlo Paalam (Philippines) 1-4
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) lost to Irma Testa (Italy) 0-5
69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) beat Albert Menque (Cameroon) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Li Qian (China)
57kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Mirazizbek Mitzakhalilov (Uzbekistan)
60hk Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Rebecca Nicoli (Italy) or Esmerelda Falcon (Mexico)
69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) v Mervin Clair (Mauritius) or Hussein Eashash (Jordan)