A pub with a rich boxing history is helping to remember the world's first black sporting superstar.

A permanent memorial to boxer Bill Richmond has been unveiled at The Tom Cribb pub in London's Covent Garden. Cribb was licensee at the pub (then The Union Arms) and a renowned boxer who fought Richmond before the pair become lifelong friends. They drank together at the pub the night that Richmond died in 1829.

The tribute to Richmond consists of a portrait and summary of his life which saw him born into slavery before travelling to England in the 1770s thanks to the intervention of humanitarian Earl Hugh Percy.

He became a professional boxer in his forties winning 17 out of 19 bouts and was also a highly sought after trainer (once in Cribb's corner) and gymnastic instructor. Richmond became a celebrity of the day – mixing with the likes of Lord Byron - and was an usher at the coronation of King George IV in 1821.

The memorial was unveiled by Earl Hugh Percy's direct descendent Earl George Percy at the Shepherd Neame pub last week to mark the launch of Luke G. Williams' new book Richmond Unchained: The Biography of the World's First Black Sporting Superstar.

Luke said: "Hopefully, when future generations drink or dine at the Tom Cribb pub they will see Richmond's portrait on the wall and want to find out more about this remarkable man."