Irish fight fans have a wake-up or stay-up dilemma as Ireland’s Tokyo 2021 campaign gets underway in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Kurt Walker is first in the ring for the seven-strong team.
The decorated Lisburn stylist, who qualified due to his world rankings, starts in the Round of 32 against Spaniard Jose Quiles Brotons, a bronze medallist at the 2017 Euros.
Defeat the talented Spaniard and one Ireland’s most consistent sport stars in recent years faces a formidable challenge in the form of Uzbekistan’s gold medal favourite and reigning world champion Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov. However, speaking to Irish-boxing.com before the Games Walker said: “I believe on my day I can beat anyone so I’m really looking forward to them.”
The Canal BC fighter is expected to make his Olympic debut and grace the Kokugikan Arena at 4:03am on Saturday morning.
You can watch the fight on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.
The remainder of the draw is as follows:
81kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) v Dilshod Ruzmetov (Uzbekistan)
52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Carlo Paalm (Philippines)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Irma Testa (Italy) or Lludmila Voronstova (ROC)
69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) v Albert Menque (Cameroon) or Thabiso Dlanini (Swz)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Li Qian (China)
60hk Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Rebecca Nicoli (Italy) or Esmerelda Falcon (Mexico)