Britain and Russia aren't seeing eye-to-eye at the moment - and in the boxing, Britain today gave Russia a big black eye.
Britain's David Price knocked out world No1 super-heavyweight Islam Timurziev of Russia.
Price is in the quarter-finals.
GB Olympic boxer David Price knocks out world No 1 super-heavyweight
Giant Liverpudlian David Price blasted his way into the quarter-finals with a stunning stoppage victory over world No 1 Islam Timurziev in a dramatic super-heavyweight showdown at Beijing Workers Gymnasium.
By Mike Lewis in Beijing
13th Aug 2008
Knock out: David Price downs the world No 1 in Beijing Photo: PA
Reason for cheer: Great Britain's David Price celebrates beating Russia's Islam Timurziev Photo: PA
Top of the world: David Price celebrates after beating the world No 1 in Beijing Photo: PA
The 6ft 8in British team captain gave his team a massive boost by overcoming a cautious start to send the Russian to the canvas during a sensational second round.
Timurziev was forced to take a standing count after being floored by a hook as he trundled forward in the opening seconds and moments later another Price attack ending in a chopping right hand put him down again.
Allthough Timurziev hauled himself upright and indicated his intention to continue, Chinese referee Wang Jiabo called a halt after 31 seconds of the session. It was a magnificent upset victory for Price who in the past has shown a lack of self-belief.
“I was a bit lucky when the ref stopped it but one more punch would have had him,” said a jubilant Price. “My right hand is improving all the time.
“I probably paid him too much respect in the first and he caught me with a right hand over the top, but I knew then that I could take his power.”
Price, 25, now meets Lithuania’s Jaroslav Jaksto in the last eight on Monday in what will be a revenge mission.”He beat me when I was a kid so I owe him one,” he said.
Price began by pawing tentatively with his jab and found himself 2-0 down at th end of the opener after Timurziev managed to get inside the Briton’s long reach.
But Price maintained his composure to launch an astonishing counter-offensive that literally brought the Russian to his knees.
“The lads were gutted when little Joe (Murray) went out, but this will give them a lift,” added Price. “James DeGale’s got a good Russian but this shows they are not unbeatable.”
Now Price is one fight away from a guaranteed bronze medal but he has set his sights on emulating the feat of Londoner Audley Harrison who captured the +91 kgs title at Sydney 2000.
Beaming GB head coach Terry Edwards had said Price’s strength had improved drastically over the last 18 months. “The camp has been a little bit down but now the captain’s pulled them right hack up again.”
Earlier, the strength and speed of Italy’s classy world champion Roberto Cammarelle proved too much for Croatia’s Marko Tomasovic who was soundly defeated 13-1.
The arena virtually emptied after China’s 6ft 6in world bronze medallist Zhilei Zhang progressed to the last eight with a 15-0 shutout victory over Morocco’s Mohamed Amanissi.
Born three years before boxing was legalised in China in 1986, Zhang is a powerful puncher with a charismatic personality.
Light-welter Brad Saunders will attempt to join Price in the last eight when he takes on Frenchman Alexis Vastine tomorrow.