1938-02-16 Felix Wouters w pts 15 Gustav Eder, Sports Palace, Brussels, Belgium - IBU
1938-02-16 Felix Wouters w pts 15 Gustav Eder, Sports Palace, Brussels, Belgium - IBU. In a fight to decide the vacant IBU version of the world title as well as being a defence of his European crown, Wouters (147), who had previously been knocked out by Eder (147), was the benefactor of a much disputed verdict. Although it was hardly surprising that he took few risks, having boxed carefully in front of his home crowd, he was belatedly floored in the 15th round by Eder, who, while looking for openings for his trusty right hand, had refrained from using it in the early stages. However, Wouters got up and despite being further wobbled made it to the final bell. Earlier, there had been some doubt as to whether the contest, which had already been postponed once due to Wouters being ill, would take place as Eder was suffering from an internal ailment.
During an international boxing convention held in Rome in April 1938, which was attended by many of the leading authorities within the sport, the IBU agreed to refuse to recognise all individually-made world champions, including their own, in an effort to stand by one universally acknowledged champion, who, in turn, would have to concede to regular defences decided by the new Federation.