Thread: Axel Schulz...
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Old 08-13-2007, 07:00 AM   #4
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Default Re: Axel Schulz...

Originally Posted by Russell
Seems like the poor guy got more than a few bad breaks, skimming over his career.

How did he manage a SD loss against a prime Moorer and very, very close and debatable loss against Foreman only to be slaughtered so completely by Wladimir?

What did he have going for him besides guts?
Schultz was nothing special. Axel got a huge break by getting a draw with Aikenwande. No way Axel deserved that draw. Aikenwande won it clearly. Schultz was popular with the other fighters because he wasn’t a dangerous heavyweight. Schultz had a solid chin, some skills, and a lunch pail type of work ethic. He gave the fans their monies worth and became a favorite dance partner of the Foreman’s, and Morrer’s of the world. Schultz title match with Botha was one of the worst heavyweight title matches you’ll ever see. Not quite as bad as Byrd vs Williamson, but a bad fight for sure. The event was further tarnished when the winner ( Botha ) was stripped of the title due to a filed drug test. Schultz was badly beaten by a young Wladimir Kltischko, and attempted an ill fated comeback many years’ later vs Minto. If he wasn’t a heavyweight, Shultz would hardly be remembered at all.
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