Tom Cribb --"Bare-knuckle Champion of England"

"The Black Diamond"

BORN : July 8 1781; Hanaham, Gloucestershire, England
DIED : May 11 1848; Woolwich, London, England
HEIGHT : 5-10; WEIGHT : 189-199 lbs RACE : White
Cribb is one of England's most celebrated bareknuckle champions. He made "milling on the retreat" acceptable as a mode of fighting. He held the title throughout the years of the sports peak in popularity. Upon his retirement in 1822, he was awarded a lion-skin championship belt, the first "title belt".
After retirement, Cribb maintained "The Union Arms" on Panton Street in Picadilly, London for many years, until he lost it in 1839.

1805
Jan  7 George Maddox      Wood Green, Eng         (2:12:00)  W 76
Feb 15 Tom "Tough" Blake  Blackheath, Eng         (1:30:00)  W 20
May 21 Ikey Pig           Blackheath, Eng           (30:00)  W 11
Jul 20 George Nichols     Blackwater, Hants, Eng  (1:30:00)  L 52
Oct  8 Bill Richmond      Hailsham, Sussex, Eng   (1:30:00)  W   

1807
Apr  8 Jem Belcher        Moulsey Hurst, Eng        (35:00)  W 41

1808
May 10 George Horton      Woburn, Herts, Eng                 W 25
Oct 25 Bob Gregson        Moulsey Hurst, Eng        (45:00)  W 23
---    an unknown                                            W   

1809
Feb  1 Jem Belcher        Epsom Downs, Eng          (40:00)  W 31

Champion John Gully retires; Crib claims title

1810
Dec 18 Tom Molineaux      Copthall Common, Eng      (55:00)  W 40
          Cribb's weight 14 stone, 3 lbs (199); 
          Molineaux 14 stone 2 pounds (198)

1811
Sep 28 Tom Molineaux     Thistleton Gap, Eng       (19:10)  W 11
           Cribb's weight 13 stone, 6 lbs (189); 

Dec 2   Silver Champion's Cup awarded to Crib 
        at Castle Tavern, Holborn

1812-1815
--- -- Symonds (the Jew)  Cripplegate, Eng (Fore Street)     W   
--- -- Massa Kendrick                                        W   
       -This was a "private" fight
--- -- Tom Molineaux                                         Exh

1814
Jun 15  Spars before Emperor of Russia                      EXH

1816
Nov  7 an unknown                                   (20:00)  W   

1817
Mar 11 Carter                                             EXH
Apr 15   Bitton                                           EXH
   (Above was at benefit for Bill Richmond)
May 15  Tom Oliver                                        EXH

1819
Apr  1 Dan Donnelly        Strand, Eng (Minor Theatre)      NC   

1820
Feb  1 Jack Carter         London, Eng               (1:00) W 1

1821
Apr 24  Unknown                                           EXH
May  9 Bill Neat           Bath, Eng                      NC 
Jul 19 Page at Coronation of King Geo. IV  

1822
May 18 Cribb retired from fighting and gave up his crown.  
       He was awarded a lion-skin belt
       that was later purchased by Tom Sayers


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