1995-04-22 George Foreman w pts 12 Axel Schulz, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF
1995-04-22 George Foreman w pts 12 Axel Schulz, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 115-113, 115-113, 114-114. Making his first defence Foreman (256) appeared lucky to have got the decision over Schulz (221), having been often outboxed and outpunched by the lowly regarded German, who stuck to his game plan of jabbing and moving. Extremely ragged at times, Foreman, who finished exhausted with a large swelling over the left eye, really showed his age in this one while Schulz appeared to be an improving fighter.
After refusing Schulz a rematch Foreman relinquished his IBF version of the title in July, having just three more fights before retiring at the end of 1997 on being outpointed by Shannon Briggs. Following that, Schulz was signed up to meet Frans Botha to contest the vacancy.