Caleb Baldwin

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Caleb Baldwin was a premiere lightweight boxer of the bare-knuckle era in England. Born Caleb Ramsbottom in Westminster on April 22, 1769, his first recorded organized prize fight took place in 1786, when he bested a London porkpickler named Jim Gregory. Later that year, English boxing champion Tom Johnson saw Baldwin fighting another man and became his patron. Johnson funded Baldwin's next fight, against highly regarded Arthur "Gypsy" Smith, a bout Baldwin dominated.

During the years following the win against Smith, Baldwin, now known as "The Pride of Westminster," established himself as the leading small fighter in England and was regarded by many, unofficially, as the champion of the division. In 1804, Baldwin was matched with Dutch Sam, a future hall of famer who was also making a name for himself at the same time. Baldwin was the bigger man and used this to his advantage, but tired in the later rounds until the fight was stopped in Sam's favor after thirty-seven rounds. This was the only known loss of Baldwin's career.

Baldwin fought just twice more, both draws, over the next several years and retired in 1816. He died on November 8, 1827 at age 58.

Source:
Roberts, James B. and Alexander G. Skutt. The Boxing Register.