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The Tom Cribb
Tom Cribb was a bare knuckle boxing champion who ran a pub here.
Location: 36 Panton Street, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4EA
Description: Tom Cribb (1781-1848) was a bare-knuckle boxing World champion who went on to run the Union Arms pub at number 26 Panton Street. This current pub is named in his honour.
Cribbs two most famous fights, in 1810 and 1811, were against the black American Tom Molineaux, a former slave and a formidable fighter, who weighed in at 185lbs. Molineaux, the first American to challenge for the British title, lost the fight after 32 rounds, retiring with exhaustion. The return bout was another victory for Cribb. He broke Molineaux’s jaw, and finished off the American in the 19th round.
On July 19th 1821, George IV was crowned at Westminster Abbey and Cribb was one of the country’s 18 leading boxers chosen by the King to be ushers and pages.