1995-04-22 George Foreman w pts 12 Axel Schulz, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF

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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 and it was clear that there was little left in the tank, while Schulz appeared to be an improving fighter.

After refusing Schulz a rematch, Foreman relinquished his IBF version of the title in August and after having just three more fights he retired at the end of 1997 after being outpointed by Shannon Briggs. Following that, Schulz was signed up to meet Frans Botha to contest the vacancy.