1995-12-09 Frans Botha nc 12 Axel Schulz, Hans Martin Schleyer Hall, Stuttgart, Germany - IBF
1995-12-09 Frans Botha nc 12 Axel Schulz, Hans Martin Schleyer Hall, Stuttgart, Germany - IBF. Referee: Rudy Battle. Fighting for the title relinquished by George Foreman, although Schulz (222¾) was expected to win in front of his home fans it was Botha (227) who initially got the nod by scores of 116-112, 118-111, 113-115 in what was a poor advert for a championship contest. There were no knockdowns and few highlights, and with both men fighting wildly at times Schulz finished with both eyes almost closed.
However, having failed a post-fight drugs test Botha was eventually stripped of the IBF version of the championship by the courts in March 1996, the fight result being reclassified as a no contest. Following that, Schulz and Michael Moorer were selected to contest the vacant title.