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The famous boxer coming from black slaves (Part 2)

Professional gladiator at the age of ‘old man’

A year after fighting Maddox, Richmond defeated a Jewish fighter named ‘Fighting’ Youssep. The match put him on the world boxing map and was quickly compared to puncher Jack Holmes, before leading Richmond to the second and final loss in life, against a nearly 20-year-old new opponent: Tom Cribb .

But Richmond’s second defeat was probably one of the greatest in boxing history at the time. Richmond and Cribb fought for 90 minutes in 25 rounds without anyone yielding. Eventually, Cribb defeated 42-year-old Richmond, becoming the boxing champion who ruled England from 1809 to 1822.

Richmond met his opponent Maddox in 1809 and won after 52 matches when he was 45 years old. Finally, Richmond saved enough money to own a pub. It was here that he met Tom Molineaux, also a free American slave. Instead of continuing to fight with each other, Richmond becomes Molineaux coach, with the overall goal of defeating national champion Tom Cribb.

But after losing twice to Cribb, Molineaux fired Richmond as his coach. Strangely enough, Richmond eventually became friends with Cribb and the two “former enemies” built a lasting friendship.

The professional career of Richmond is 17 wins and 2 losses. Richmond’s final victory took place when he was a “old man” 50 years old.

During his later years, Richmond continued to participate in boxing training and joined a pugilism club in London. Pinnacle vin When the coronation arrived in July 1821, he was the only black person invited to attend the coronation of King George IV.

His presence at the coronation showed a big difference between the white and black people of that time. While whites enjoy the privilege, pugil fighters must fight hard, often on the streets, to gain social respect and be considered the embodiment of success.

After the King’s coronation, Richmond returned to Cribb and his coaching career. Eight years later, in December 1829, Richmond spent his last night in the Tom Cribb pub in central London and died the next morning at the age of 66.

At the Tom Cribb pub in central London, today there is still a memorial billboard Richmond, on which the inscription “Liberation slaves, boxers, businessmen”.

Bill Richmond pioneered the black sports effort and was the first black athlete to gain the reputation and respect of British society and the Royal Family at that time. Perhaps without Bill Richmond fighting for his skin color in history, the world would probably not have had other sporting “giants” like Muhammad Ali and Jesse Owens.

In 1999, Bill Richmond was registered on the International Boxing Fame. He is one of the most famous boxer coming from black slaves in the history.

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The famous boxer coming from black slaves (Part 1)

Born in slavery, Bill Richmond fought tirelessly to become the greatest African American sports boxer of his time.

Born to be a warrior

On July 19, 1821, King George IV ascended the throne to rule England during a lavish coronation at the Palace of Westminster. In the dazzling palace, with solemn rituals, one was surprised and puzzled when 18 large figures appeared, especially among them a black man.

It was one of the top boxers in England, and also the most prestigious athletes of the time. But the fact that a black man had the honor of attending the King’s coronation was extremely rare in conservative 19th-century English society.

Bill Richmond was born a slave on Staten Island, New York in 1763 and grew up in the family of Richard Charlton, a wealthy pastor of St. Peter’s Church. Then an accidental meeting in the summer of 1776 changed the life of the slave boy.

That day, Brigadier General Percy, commander of British forces in the United States, entered a bustling pub where his soldiers were having a cup of tea. A battle broke out, and a lone protagonist defending himself became the center of attention: the 13-year-old Bill Richmond. General Percy was impressed by the boy’s fighting spirit, after which he persuaded Pastor Charlton to sell the young man.

In the 1700s, pugilism, also known as boxing, was one of the most popular sports in England and was probably the number one after horse racing. Initially General Percy arranged pugilism matches for Richmond solely to entertain his guests, and the black boy’s opponents were often the most “evil” British soldiers Percy could find. see.

The famous boxer

In 1777, Percy sent the young man to northern England, attending a school in Yorkshire. After marrying and having a child with a white woman, in 1795, Richmond moved to London and became the boxing coach of the Camelford Lord Thomas Pitt, a former navy officer who loved boxing.

Together Pitt and Richmond attended prizefighting matches (barefoot boxing), the boxers were not wearing gloves and the match could last a lot. Prizefighting is similar to today’s MMA or UFC matches, really brutal and bloody.

But it was not until 36 years old that Richmond entered the professional boxing career. In 1804, Richmond faced the notorious and invincible warrior George Maddox. Although the match lasted 9 innings, Richmond did not win, but his effort was a victory. Maddox often kills an opponent in just a few rounds, and it is unthinkable for a rookie to fight 9 rounds with him.