During season one of Bridgerton, it is revealed that the Duke often sparred with a boxing partner from time to time. The boxer, named Will Mondrich and Simon indulged in a friendly fight whenever the latter was upset. The interesting thing to note is that this companion is not another fictional character but is rather based on a real-life person- Bill Richmond, a well-known Black boxer in the 19th century.
Richmond was born as a slave in Richmondtown, New York but moved to England and lived there for most of his life. He rose to fame and became the first Black sporting star. Talk about changing your destiny!