David Price wins his comeback fight against Istvan Ruszinski
Last Updated: 26/01/14 7:42am
David Price celebrates a straightforward win in Stuttgart
David Price took the first step towards resurrecting his career by claiming a first-round knockout victory over stand-in Istvan Ruszinski in Stuttgart.
The 30-year-old Olympic bronze medallist appeared destined for a world title shot until American veteran Tony Thompson intervened in brutal fashion last year as he dealt him back-to-back stoppage defeats.
Liverpudlian Price was supposed to be fighting Konstantin Airich in Stuttgart but the Kazakh failed a medical, meaning Ruszinski stepped in. The Hungarian had been set to fight Swede Otto Wallin in a four-rounder on the undercard.
Ruszinski found himself down on the canvas two-thirds of the way into the first round courtesy of a short right hook from Price and the referee promptly waved for the end of the contest.
It was a first ever professional fight outside of the United Kingdom for Price, who vacated his British and Commonwealth titles after his second loss to Thompson in order to rebuild his career against lower-level opponents.
In the main event in Stuttgart Marco Huck stopped compatriot Firat Arslan in the sixth round to retain his WBO cruiserweight title.
Huck upped the tempo after an evenly fought opening five rounds, twice knocking the 43-year-old Arslan to the canvas.
It was the second time the pair had clashed following their first encounter in November 2012 when Huck was awarded a controversial points verdict.