Nicknamed "The Cobra," known for a great chin and gutsy, entertaining style; held IBF, WBA, and WBC titles.
He started boxing in Nottingham at the age of 9.
He won the WBC super middleweight title by defeating Jean Pascal despite going into the fight with a cracked rib.
He was in a relationship with model and former Miss Maxim Rachael Cordingley.
He scored a TKO victory over Jermaine Taylor, knocking him to the canvas in the 12th round and then pouring on a torrent of punches when he returned to his feet to force a referee stoppage.