Axel Schulz

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Axel Schulz
Axel Schulz 01.jpg
Schulz in 2007
Nickname(s) Der sanfte Riese
("The Gentle Giant")
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Reach 193 cm (76 in)
Nationality German
Born (1968-11-09) 9 November 1968 (age 47)
Bad Saarow, Oder-Spree, Brandenburg, East Germany
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 33
Wins 26
Wins by KO 11
Losses 5
Draws 1
No contests 1

Axel Schulz (born 9 November 1968) is a German former professional boxer. He is a three-time world heavyweight title challenger and also held the European heavyweight title. As an amateur he won a bronze medal at the 1989 World Amateur Boxing Championships and silver at the 1989 European Amateur Boxing Championships, after which he turned professional in 1990.

Schulz first fought for a world title in 1995, when he challenged George Foreman for his IBF heavyweight title. Schulz lost a very close majority decision, but was immediately granted a second opportunity at the title in the same year. With Foreman having vacated the title after refusing a rematch, Schulz faced Frans Botha but lost the fight via split decision. However, Botha later tested positive steroids, which led to Schulz receiving a third chance at the title. In 1996 he fought Michael Moorer for the vacant IBF heavyweight title, losing again via split decision.

Amateur career[edit]

From 1982 Schulz boxed for the army sports club Vorwärts in Frankfurt (Oder), later becoming the East German youth champion. At the junior European championships in Denmark in 1986, Schulz won the light-heavyweight title, and in 1988, under the tutelage of Manfred Wolke, he became East German heavyweight champion. In 1989 he won the Chemiepokal in Halle (Saale), the silver medal at European Championships in Athens, and a bronze medal in the world championships in Moscow, where he lost to Félix Savón. Record: 78 wins, 20 losses.

Professional career[edit]

After reunification, Schulz turned professional. in 1992 he became German heavyweight champion after defeating Bernd Friedrich in Kassel.

1992 and 1993 saw two fights against Henry Akinwande for the European championship. The first fight was declared a draw, but in the return match Schulz suffered his first professional defeat.

Fights for the IBF Championship[edit]

On 22 April 1995 Schulz fought George Foreman for the IBF heavyweight title, losing controversially on points. This was Foreman's first fight since regaining the title from Michael Moorer, and Schulz was viewed at the time as being a weak, unknown opponent. After refusing a rematch, Foreman was stripped of his title and Schulz was given a second opportunity when he fought Francois Botha for the vacant title on 12 December 1995. Following a split decision verdict in Botha’s favour, the result was changed to a no-contest when Botha failed a doping test. A third chance followed for Schulz on 22 June 1996 when he faced Michael Moorer for the still vacant title. Moorer won on points.

Several fights against lower quality opposition followed. These included a stoppage victory over Kevin McBride, who eight years later would defeat a badly faded Mike Tyson. Schulz ended his career after suffering a stoppage at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko on 25 September 1999 for the vacant European championship. Schulz had been thoroughly outclassed. In the end, despite lofty expectations after the George Foreman fight, Schulz was unable to win a title at European or world level.

Comeback attempt[edit]

Since the end of his career Schulz has worked in television as a summariser. In December 2005 he received an offer to fight again from Carl King, the stepson of the boxing promoter Don King. His comeback fight took place on November 25, 2006, against Brian Minto. He lost the fight in the sixth Round (T.K.O.).

He retired with a record with 26-5-1 and one no contest with 11 knockouts.

Axel Schulz married in March 2006. He and his wife had their first child, a girl, on 19 August 2006: Paulina Patricia Clara and another girl born on January 2010: Amelina Patricia Hedwig.

Professional boxing record[edit]

26 Wins (11 knockouts, 15 decisions), 5 Losses (2 knockouts, 3 decisions), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 26-5-1
1 NC
United States Brian Minto TKO 6 (10) 25/11/2006 Germany Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Loss 26-4-1
1 NC
Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko TKO 8 (12) 25/09/1999 Germany Kolnarena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany For WBA Inter-Continental vacant EBU Heavyweight titles. Schulz retired for seven years after this bout.
Win 26-3-1
1 NC
United States Richard Mason UD 10 22/08/1998 Germany Messehalle, Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany Schulz was knocked down for the first time in his career.
Win 25-3-1
1 NC
United Kingdom Julius Francis UD 12 28/02/1998 Germany Arena Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Eliminator for EBU Heavyweight title.
Win 24-3-1
1 NC
Republic of Ireland Kevin McBride TKO 9 (10) 30/08/1997 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany McBride down in round 9.
Win 23-3-1
1 NC
Spain Jorge Valdes UD 10 26/04/1997 Germany Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany
Win 22-3-1
1 NC
Cuba Jose Ribalta UD 10 07/12/1996 Austria Vienna, Austria
Loss 21-3-1
1 NC
United States Michael Moorer SD 12 22/06/1996 Germany Westfalen Stadion, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany For vacant IBF Heavyweight title.
NC 21-2-1
1 NC
South Africa Francois Botha NC 12 09/12/1995 Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany For vacant IBF Heavyweight title. Botha tested positive for steroids shortly after the fight and was stripped of the title.
Loss 21-2-1 United States George Foreman MD 12 22/04/1995 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas For IBF & vacant WBU Heavyweight titles. Shortly after this fight, Foreman was stripped by the IBF for refusing to give Schulz a rematch.
Win 21-1-1 United States James Smith UD 10 17/09/1994 Germany Leverkusen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 20-1-1 United States Jack Basting UD 10 18/06/1994 United States Bismark Hotel, Chicago
Win 19-1-1 United States Troy Jefferson PTS 8 04/06/1994 Germany Arena Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 18-1-1 United States Al Evans TKO 3 (10) 07/05/1994 Germany Oberwerth Halle, Koblenz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Win 17-1-1 United States Carlton West KO 2 (?) 16/10/1993 Germany Koblenz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Win 16-1-1 United States Kimmuel Odum UD 10 07/08/1993 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 15-1-1 United Kingdom Henry Akinwande UD 12 01/05/1993 Germany Berlin, Germany For vacant EBU Heavyweight title.
Draw 15-0-1 United Kingdom Henry Akinwande PTS 12 19/12/1992 Germany Berlin, Germany For vacant EBU Heavyweight title.
Win 15–0 United States Ricky Parkey PTS 8 02/10/1992 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany
Win 14–0 Germany Bernd Friedrich PTS 10 19/09/1992 Germany Kassel, Hessen, Germany Won vacant Germany BDB Heavyweight title.
Win 13–0 Hungary Laszlo Paszterko PTS 8 25/04/1992 Germany Berlin, Germany
Win 12–0 United Kingdom Gary McCrory TKO 2 (8) 06/03/1992 Germany Berlin, Germany
Win 11–0 United States Ricardo Spain TKO 2 (?) 28/01/1992 Germany Legien Center, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Win 10–0 United States Charles Dixon KO 2 (?) 06/12/1991 Germany Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 9–0 Sierra Leone David Muhammed PTS 8 02/10/1991 Germany Halle, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Win 8–0 United Kingdom Steve Gee KO 2 (10) 13/09/1991 Germany Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 7–0 Hungary Laszlo Virag TKO 3 (?) 28/06/1991 Germany Dinslaken, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 6–0 United Kingdom Steve Garber KO 5 (8) 31/05/1991 Germany Berlin, Germany
Win 5–0 Netherlands Ramon Voorn TKO 5 (?) 28/02/1991 Germany Philips Halle, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 4–0 Netherlands Ramon Voorn PTS 6 14/12/1990 Germany Europahalle, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Win 3–0 United Kingdom Barry Ellis PTS 6 07/12/1990 Germany Berlin, Germany
Win 2–0 Germany Jens Ploesser TKO 1 (?) 16/11/1990 Germany Sporthalle, Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
Win 1–0 Uganda George Ajio UD 6 05/10/1990 Germany Philips Halle, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

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