|Capital:||€ 5 million|
|Born:||November 9, 1968|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of wealth:||boxer|
Axel Schulz (born November 9, 1968 in Bad Zarov) is a German professional boxer, world and European champion.
From 1982 Schulz boxed in Frankfurt for the forward club in the army and later became the GDR youth champion. At the 1986 European Junior Championships in Denmark, Schulz won the light heavyweight gold and became the GDR heavyweight champion in 1988 under the leadership of Manfred Wolke. In 1989 he won the Hull tournament and then a silver medal at the European Championships in Athens and a bronze medal at the World Championships in Moscow, losing to Felix Savona in the final.
Schultz made his professional ring in 1990. In his 14th fight, he won the German title. On December 19, 1992, he won an EBU European Championship title with the undefeated Nigerian Henry Akinvade. A rematch took place six months later, in which Schultz suffered its first defeat. After the defeat, Schultz spent 5 wins and defeated a former world champion, the American James Smith.
After this fight, Axel entered the IBF championship fight with the legendary George Foreman. In the fight, Foreman was awarded a decision by the majority of the judges. The decision was quite controversial and the IBF ordered a rematch. Foreman declined and the IBF robbed him of his title.
In December 1995 there was a fight for the vacant IBF title between Axel Schulz and the undefeated South African François Botha. Botha won on points, but was later stripped of his title for a positive steroid test. Schultz fought again for the vacant IBF title. This time with ex-champion Michael Moorer. In a difficult and competitive fight with a slight advantage, Murer won by a separate decision by the judges. Schultz suffered his third loss.
In August 1997, Schultz defeated the Irish Kevin McBride. In February 1998, he defeated Julius Francis in the EBU eliminator fights. Before entering the title fight, he waged a rating fight against the American Richard Mason. Schultz won on points, but was knocked down for the first time in his professional career. After this fight, Schulz did not enter the ring for more than a year.
Nevertheless, Axel Schulz gathered and went into the well-deserved title fight for the European championship title of the EBU. On September 25, 1999 Schulz competed for the vacant EBU title against Olympic champion Vladimir Klitschko. Klitschko dominated the battle and began to unilaterally beat the Germans in the 8th round. The referee stopped the fight. This was the first early defeat in Axel Schulz’s career. After this fight, Schultz left boxing.
After 7 years, he returned to the ring and spent a fight against Brian Minto, which he also lost. In round four, Minto sent Axel on the boards, and in round five, he hit him hard and slapped his waist, which the American was cautioned for. During the break between rounds 6 and 7, Schulz refused to continue the fight.
Schulz has been working voluntarily with basketball player Tim Olbrecht and Berlin ice hockey player Marcel Noebels since the end of 2016 as ambassadors for the Ernst Prost Foundation founded by ex-boss Liqui Moly. He supports the foundation with charitable campaigns such as jersey auctions and draws attention to donations through his fame. Schulz was also the patron saint of the Grasbeißerbande e. V. ”, which wants to raise awareness of the subject of death.
Axel Schulz has been married since March 2006 and has two daughters. He was used as a villain on a German tour of the WWC (World Wrestling Championship), but refused to meet the organizers’ requirements and perform risky maneuvers. In mid-February 2007, it was announced that Schultz had a stroke just a week after fighting Brian Minto. The reason for this was a fivefold increase in the platelet concentration. It is said that Schultz was diagnosed with a stroke in September 2006, but this did not prevent him from getting into the ring with Brian Minto.
On June 23, 2012, it was announced that an amazing meeting had taken place between Schultz and his former opponent Botha. This took the opportunity to make an honest gesture and to give Schultz the controversial World Cup belt that he had received in his time (see above). Axel Schulz was hired by the GDR Ministry of State Security in 1986 under the code name “Marcus” as an unofficial employee. After Schultz had failed to provide the desired information about people and incidents in his reports, the intelligence agency stopped working with him.
In May 2017, he was appointed the first beer ambassador in Brandenburg. On October 6, 2017, Schulz was a guest at a comedy show with Oliver Velke. During the coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Schulz was a guest of the 18-year program of Eurosport 1 and TLC. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Schulz on November 9, 2018, Spiegel Online paid tribute to him in the following words: “He has lost all great fights. Nevertheless, Axel Schulz has been the most popular German heavyweight boxer since Max Schmeling. ”