posted on May, 2 2003 @ 08:07 AM
The history of boxing shows the first two American boxers, both blacks, made their names in England.
The first was Bill Richmond of Staten Island, who became a servant of Lord Percy, the general who commanded the British forces occupying New York
during the Revolution. In a number of matches against British soldiers, Richmond was unbeaten and Percy took him to England in 1777.
Known as "Black Terror," Richmond knocked out his first Englishmen in just 25
seconds. Not much is known of his career from then until 1805, when the 41-year-old Richmond was knocked out by British champion Tom Cribb. Richmond
continued boxing until he was 52.