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Firing shots to the kidneys likely has been a feature of armed and unarmed combat since human beings began walloping one another. Just when the term “kidney punch” became a thing is a bit unclear, but legend ballparks it on an early lightweight champion of the bare-knuckle boxing era, a man named George Dawson.

Dawson was born on October 7, 1867, in New South Wales, Australia, in a town that bore the colorful name Dark Corner. His parents had emigrated from England in pursuit of

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