Former WBO and WBA Super Featherweight Champion, two-time WBO lightweight champion, nicknamed Popo.
He won a silver medal as an amateur at the Pan American Games in 1995 in Mar del Plata.
He became a member of the Brazilian Republican Party and was named Secretary of Sports in Salvador.
He was married to Elena Freitas from 2001 to 2003.
He beat Joel Casamayor to take the WBA Super Featherweight title on Juanary 12, 2002.