|Real name||Thomas Paddock|
|Height||5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)|
|Died||30 June 1863
Tom was baptised on 25 August 1822 in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, the son of George Paddock and Elizabeth (née Morris). Brought up on a farm, he was noted to have developed a size and endurance that lasted him well in his career as a boxer.
His professional career in boxing started in 1844; at the time he was just under six feet tall and weighed twelve stone. Between then and 1850 he was largely undefeated in the boxing ring, and gained a reputation not only for his courage but for his foul tactics and uncontrollable temper. It was William Thompson of Nottingham who spoilt his clean record in 1850 in Mildenhall, Suffolk.
Three years later Paddock challenged both Harry Broome and Bill Perry to a Heavyweight Championship of England bout but both turned it down. Paddock then claimed himself as the Heavyweight Champion of England by default, though this was not generally recognised until 1856 following fifty-one rounds in the ring against Harry Broome in Manningtree. However his victory was short lived; he lost the title later the same year to Bill Perry. He twice attempted to regain the title, but was unsuccessful.
- Broadfoot, William; Lock, Julian (rev.) (2004), "Paddock, Tom (1822–1863)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.), Oxford University Press, retrieved 11 December 2012 (subscription or UK public library membership required)
- Fighting history at cyberboxingzone.com
- Boxing championship fight at famous-fights.com