Official Press Release Universum Box-Promotion

Eddy Smulders stops Mike Pearman

HAMBURG, 24 October 1998. In his second comeback fight after a one year break two-time European light heavyweight champion Eddy Smulders from The Netherlands scored a knockout win over American Mike Pearman, when his opponent quit after the fourth round.

With his powerful style Smulders (83 kg / 183 lbs.) quickly got the attention of his American opponent and clearly dictated the fight for the first three rounds. A funny situation happened, when Smulders mistakenly finished the first round too early, turning away from his opponent with 10 seconds left to go. The dutchman had mixed up the knocking signal for the last ten seconds
with the bell.

In round four Smulders' dominance became very clear, as he landed punches at will on Pearman (85,7 kg / 189 lbs.), who at times was unable to defend himself. Between rounds Pearman's cornermen wisely decided to quit.

After the fight the American underwent a medical check in a hospital nearby, but was released only one hour later.

The 35 year old Smulders, who has been one of the top European fighters for more than five years, hopes to get another world title shot. His first try to lift a world title in September 1997 was not successful. In a fight for the WBA light heavyweight belt he was outspeeded by the powerful counter boxer Lou del Valle, who stopped him in the 8th round.

Smulders improved his record to 36-2 (28), whereas Pearman dropped to 14-6-1(11).

Fabian Weber
International Press Spokesman
Universum Box-Promotion GmbH

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