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Tom Molineaux (1784-1818), American boxer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Molineaux was born a slave in Georgetown, Virginia and began his career fighting other slaves in bouts organised by plantation owners. After a particularly brilliant victory, Molineaux was given his freedom and $500. He arrived in England in 1809 and began to box professionally, trained by Bill Richmond, another freed American slave and prizefighter. His most famous matches were against the British champion Tom Cribb in 1810 and 1811. He lost on both occasions but became a national celebrity. He died in Dublin in 1818.