WBA Heavyweight Champion beginning in August 2011, 2-time European Champion, Olympic gold medalist in 2004.
After winning an Olympic gold medal in 2004, he took a year off from boxing before turning professional in 2005.
He has also kickboxed at a high level, winning the W.A.K.O. World Championships in 1999.
He has a daughter named Arina.
He defeated Marco Huck to retain his WBA Heavyweight title on February 25, 2012.