1890-11-25 (140lbs) George Dawson w rsc 33 (finish) Jim Burge, Gymnastic Club, Sydney, Australia
1890-11-25 (140lbs) George Dawson w rsc 33 (finish) Jim Burge, Gymnastic Club, Sydney, Australia. Referee: Sid Bloomfield. Billed for the Australian 140lbs title, also up for grabs were the Imperial British Empire and world titles that Dawson was claiming at the time. Dawson (138) made an excellent start, remaining wonderfully cool and confident, and he soon had the left hand working overtime, while Burge (137), unable to close, proved his reputation for endurance yet again. Having boxed well without taking too many risks, Dawson came again in the 30th, his left jabs and uppercuts leaving Burge pretty well blinded by his own blood, and although the latter made a great rally in the 33rd he soon ran out of steam. However, with Dawson too weak to knock Burge out the police intimated to the referee that the contest had gone far enough and should be stopped at the end of the session.
At first it was generally thought that a draw would be declared before the referee, exercising his discretion, awarded the verdict to Dawson who thus retained the Sydney Referee Championship Belt. This fight has also been reported as ending in 24, 31 and 32 rounds, with Burge not knowing where he was when the referee called a halt to proceedings.