In 1698, the Russian Tsar Peter the First visited London. During one of his walks in the capital of England, he saw boxing fights that were held in the square. One of the fighters, who invariably won victories over rivals, interested Peter.
The Russian ruler wondered: are there any strong men among his grenadiers who can fight the London athlete? One of the guardsmen, who repeatedly took part in fist fights in Moscow, said that he was ready to fight the Englishman, but asked Peter for permission to first look at the boxers' fights.
After observing the manner in which the foreigners fight, the grenadier assured the tsar that he was ready to fight their best boxer, while he promised to win by all means and discourage the Englishman forever from fighting the Russian fist fighters.
Peter the Great warned the grenadier that he intends to bet on his victory, to which he confidently replied: "Excuse me, sir, boldly hold!"
A few days later, during a dinner with the Duke of Leeds, Peter announced that one of his grenadiers was capable of defeating the English champion, and the Russian tsar was ready to bet five hundred guineas on his victory. The British, well-known lovers of all kinds of bets, immediately expressed their readiness to organize a battle.
The duel was decided to be held in the garden of the son of Duke Leeds. The huge Englishman, who terrified his rivals, did not doubt the victory this time. Could a foreigner, significantly inferior to him in size, be a worthy opponent? Clenching huge fists, the English boxer went to his opponent. Suddenly, the Russian grenadier struck a swift blow, and the London giant collapsed to the ground.
The spectators were numb from this outcome of the fight, and Peter the Great shouted cheerfully: "The Russian fist is worth the English forehead, I think it has no neck." It was with difficulty that the Englishman was brought to his senses.
Peter was handed the won five hundred guineas, of which he gave twenty to the doctor who was helping the defeated Englishman, twenty guineas were received by the participants in the duel, the tsar gave thirty guineas to the Russian grenadiers who were with him, threw fifty to the spectators, and sent the rest of the money to the invalid homes.
After that, the grenadiers from Peter's retinue held demonstration wrestling and fist fights, and the British were able to personally assess the strength and dexterity of the Russian heroes. Unfortunately, the name of the fighter who won a landslide victory over the British boxer has not survived.