David Price guaranteed Great Britain's first boxing medal of the Beijing Olympics when he forced Lithuanian opponent Jaroslav Jaksto to retire at the end of the first round at the Workers' Gymnasium.
The Liverpool super-heavyweight clattered Jaksto with a trio of right hands which gave him a 3-1 lead and jolted his opponent who suffered a leg injury and withdrew at the end of the round.
Price said: "It was a bit of an anti-climax the way it happened but I'm not going to complain. I think I sickened him a few times anyway. I felt a lot of pressure because I knew how important this win was.
"I'm feeling so much better but there's more to come. I'm over the moon that I've got into the medals not only for me but for the team. They've worked so hard and lots of people have been setting us up for a fall."
Price's reward will be a semi-final clash with the reigning world champion Roberto Cammarelle on Friday but on this evidence the big Italian will hold no fears for the hard-hitting 25-year-old.