Kurt Walker won on his Olympic debut after beating Spain’s Jose Quiles to get Ireland off to a winning start at the Tokyo Olympics in the early hours of this morning.

The Antrim featherweight took the first 10-9 across the board but Quiles bounced back to win the second 4-1, leaving Walker ahead on just one of the scorecards.

However, Walker won the last round on all cards to post a unanimous decision victory- 29-28,29-28,30-27,29-28,29-28.

He’ll now meet Uzbek No.1 seed Mirazizbek Mitzakhalilov in the last 16 on Wednesday.

Walker finished the fight with a cut over his right eye following a lively battle with the Spaniard.

Tokyo Olympics

July 24th

Last 32
57kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Jose Quiles (Spain) 5-0

July 25th

Last 32
81kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) v Dilshod Ruzmetov (Uzbekistan)

July 26th
Last 32

52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Carlo Paalm (Philippines)

Last 16
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Irma Testa (Italy) or Lludmila Voronstova (ROC)

July 27th
Last 16

69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) v Albert Menque (Cameroon) or Thabiso Dlanini (Swz)

July 28th

Last 16

75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Li Qian (China)
57kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Mirazizbek Mitzakhalilov (Uzbekistan)

July 30th
Last 16

60hk Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Rebecca Nicoli (Italy) or Esmerelda Falcon (Mexico)