Wba Denies Foreman Bout Against Schulz, Threatens To Strip Title
The WBA Championship Committee voted unanimously to deny George Foreman’s request to defend the heavyweight championship against Axel Schulz of Germany on April 22, threatening to strip him of the title.
In an open hearing, at which neither Foreman nor his promoter, Bob Arum, appeared, the vote was 5-0 in favor of denying the request. Under WBA rules, Foreman has until March 5 to fight No. 1 contender Tony Tucker.
If he goes ahead with the Schulz fight in Las Vegas on April 22, the WBA portion of the heavyweight title would be stripped from Foreman, and Tucker and No. 2 contender Bruce Seldon would fight to fill the vacancy.
Foreman also holds the title of the IBF, which is not expected to take action against him. The WBC portion of the championship is held by Oliver McCall. Schulz is unranked by the WBA.
Foreman won his titles Nov. 5 by knocking out Michael Moorer, 20 years after losing the heavyweight crown to Muhammad Ali.