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.
It was probably this fight that Nat Fleischer referred to in the August 1951 issue of The Ring magazine when discussing the so-called kidney punch. In 1914, William F. Corbett, a famous Australian boxing writer, was quoted as saying: “There was no secret and nothing peculiar about the blow, it being the usual right drive to the body which might be stopped or evaded in the normal way. Dawson won some fame as its inventor. He first used it in a fight with Burge, who stood so much to the left side of an adversary that his left kidney presented a wide open target for a clever opponent such as Dawson. Slamming away at that area in the same manner as he would slam home a right to the body, Dawson never dreamed of weakening his opponent to such an extent that the kidneys would be affected. So far as outward signs were concerned there was not a chance of knowing the terrific damage that was being done. It was only after the fight when Burge collapsed and the bleeding started that the danger of the punch actually became known. Thereafter, it was barred in Australia”.