David Oliver Joyce reflects on a winning debut that was a "long time coming"

It's his first Games

David Oliver Joyce

Ireland's David Oliver Joyce celebrates winning ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

David Oliver Joyce has admitted that making his Olympic debut was always going to be the toughest thing - especially after the long wait to finally go to the showpiece event.

After setbacks which prevented from going to other Games, he opened up his Rio 2016 account with a preliminary round victory over Seychelles opponent Andrique Allisop to set up a Round of 16 fight against Azerbaijan's Albert Selimov.

"It's been a long time coming. We've been waiting nine years to step into that ring and perform to my best. Today I performed decent enough," he said afterwards.

"The first one is always the toughest one. Making your debut is always the toughest part in the Olympic games. Today we got everything down to a tee. It worked out perfect for me."

"I've been focused on this for nine years and the last couple of days the nerves have started to kick in. But that's the good thing because you focus on your opponent a lot more then."

Joyce also said he'd focus on Selimov from tomorrow and added that he had sparred him in camp recently.