Heavyweight fighter known as The Destroyer, he is well remembered for winning his first 24 professional fights, all by knockout.
He won a bronze medal at the 1983 Pan American Games, before turning professional in 1986.
His most notable fight came against George Foreman, when he was knocked down twice but somehow stayed upright long enough to lose a very close decision.
He had one daughter, Tenille.
His first loss came on April 11, 1989, against Evander Holyfield.