Big David Price, all 6ft 8 of him, took two standing 8 counts and failed to score in his semi final contest with Italian Roberto Cammarelle. Price appeared to land more than one scoring shot but without the clarity for the five ringside observers to press their blue buttons together. Bronze remains a solid achievement for the giant Brit but for once aggression and combination punching prevailed. The Italian, the betting favourite according to the BBC’s Jim Neilly, was the more aggressive, positive fighter from the first bell.
The referee intervened half way through the round and though Price looked disappointed he also looked visibly shaken as he sat on the bottom rope following a big left hand.
James DeGale now carries British hopes following the elimination of Price and team-mate Tony Jeffries, who was outworked in the Light-Heavyweight class.