1890-08-12 (140lbs) George Dawson w co 20 (finish) Shadow Maber, Gymnastic Club, Sydney, Australia
1890-08-12 (140lbs) George Dawson w co 20 (finish) Shadow Maber, Gymnastic Club, Sydney, Australia. With Jim Burge refusing to box for a purse less than £200, after Dawson claimed the Australian version of the world 140lbs title he made his first defence against Maber who came in as a substitute. The contest also carried with it the Sydney Referee Lightweight Championship Belt as an added incentive. Showing exceptional coolness and cleverness Dawson had taken a decided lead after the first six rounds before matters became more even as Maber fought back hard. According to the Brisbane Courier, between the 14th and 17th rounds the fighting was very fast. At times it seemed as though Dawson might lose, but he stuck with his left lead to eventually put Maber down and out in the 20th. The paper reported that splendid condition and ring generalship won the fight for Dawson against a determined Maber, and that he should be prepared to meet Burge and Dummy Mace before too long.