Kurt Walker made it a winning start for the Irish boxers in Tokyo, with a win over Spain's Jose Brotons by unanimous decision in the last-32 of the men's 57kg featherweight weight division.
Walker enjoyed a strong first round at the iconic Kokugikan Arena, a sumo venue, with all five judges scoring him the winner against his younger opponent. The Lisburn man was moving quickly but had to defend one strong barrage from the Spaniard.
Brotos was more aggressive in the second round, landing a few big rights, but the Irish boxer was still moving quickly and landed some very neat combinations. However, four of the judges scored the second in favour of Brotos.
It was a bright start to the third from Walker but the Spaniard's left hook was finding a way through now and again. The last 90 seconds was predictably frenetic as the pair traded blows in close quarters, with a cut opening up at side of Walker's right eye.
However, despite this damage, Walker had done enough to claim the win by unanimous decision and move into the last-16 against a tough Uzbek opponent in the form of Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov, who is many people's favourite for gold.
"I'm so happy to be here, and so happy to get the win, the 26-year-old said afterwards.
"I’m feeling grateful. I was listening to the coaches and I knew I was going to win. It just went off a bit in the second round but that’s normal in the first fight, it’s good to have that type of thing behind me."