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Tom Cribb
Birth: Jul. 8, 1781
Wick
Gloucestershire, England
Death: 1848
Woolwich
Greater London, England

World Champion Bare-Knuckle Boxer. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Born near the Hanham area of Bristol, he moved to London at the age of 13. After working as a bell-hanger and a bargeman on the River Thames, he did a stint in the Royal Navy but left in 1804 to find work as a coal porter in Wapping. He began boxing with his first public prize fight against George Maddox at Wood Green near Highgate on January 7, 1805. The following month, he won 40 guineas, a large purse at the time, for defeating Tom Blake, but later that year, he lost his first bout to George Nicholls. Despite this setback, Cribb became known as a skillful and popular boxer, and in 1807 he won the British championship by defeating Jim Blecher (also known as Jem Belcher) in 41 rounds. He would repeat his victory over Blecher two years later in 31 rounds, and in 1810, he was awarded a championship belt. He became a professional pugilist under the supervision of Captain Robert Barclay. On December 10, 1810, he fought a black American, a former slave and a formidable fighter, Tom Molineaux, at Shennington Hollow in Oxfordshire. Molineaux was the first American to challenge for the title, but Cribb defeated him to become World Champion. Cribb would retain his title in 1811 by defeating Molineaux again at Thistleton Gap in Rutland. In this second bout against Molineaux, Cribb broke Molineaux's jaw. These two fights against Molineaux are regarded as his most famous fights. Cribb would also be known for beating Molineaux's trainer, Bill Richmond. In 1812, at the age of 31, he retired, to become a coal merchant and a part-time boxing trainer. Later, he became a publican, running the Union Arms Pub on Panton Street, close to Haymarket in central London. On July 19, 1821, when King George IV was crowned at Westminster Abbey, he was one of the country's 18 leading boxers to be chosen by the King to be ushers and pages at the coronation ceremony. In 1839, he completely retired from working, to live in Woolwich in southeast London with his son and daughter-in-law above a baker's shop on High Street. He died there in 1848 at the age of 66. He was buried in the parish churchyard of what was then St. Mary's and St. Andrew's Church in Woolwich, now called St. Mary Magdalene. A monument, paid for by public subscription, was erected to his memory and stands in the northeast corner of the churchyard; it features a large stone lion with a paw on the urn. On the urn are the words, "Respect the ashes of the dead." In his honour, the town named a road in the former Royal Arsenal. (bio by: geoffrey gillon) 
 
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St Mary Magdalene Churchyard
Woolwich
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Greater London, England
 
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Record added: Feb 24, 1999
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