Gold medalist in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in the super heavyweight class, he turned pro in 2006 and won his first seven bouts.
He was a National Junior ABA Champion in 1997.
He was the England team captain from 2002 to 2005.
He grew up in Sunderland, England.
In the 2002 Commonwealth Games in which he competed, swimmer Ian Thorpe set a world record in the 400-meter freestyle.