Foreman Reportedly Set To Defend Wba, Ibf Titles Against Schulz
Heavyweight champion George Foreman will defend his WBA and IBF titles in April at the Louisiana Superdome, according to a report published Saturday.
Foreman, who turns 46 on Jan. 10, will meet Axel Schulz in a title bout April 22 or, possibly, April 29, the New York Daily News said.
Telephone calls to Foreman’s home in Marshall, Texas, were referred to his promoter Bob Arum, whose telephone numbers in Houston were disconnected. A telephone call to the Superdome for confirmation went unanswered.
Foreman and Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards announced tentative plans Dec. 9 for Foreman to defend his title in the Superdome. At that time, Arum named Schulz, Brian Nielsen, Lou Savarese, Alex Garcia and Joe Hipp as possible contenders.
With the live gate and revenues from pay-per-view opportunities, Arum has estimated that Foreman would get $15 million for a title defense bout held in the Superdome.
Schulz, 26, would be only the third German to challenge for the title, and the first since Karl Mildenberger failed against Muhammad Ali in 1966. Max Schmeling was the only German to have held the title.
In his last appearance, the 215-pound Schulz (21-1-1) won a 10-round decision over former WBA champion James “Bonecrusher” Smith.