Won two major titles in 2007: the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Championship and the U.S. Amateur Boxing Championship.
He turned professional in October 2005.
He was the only American boxer to win a medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
He has children named Naieya, Ava, and Dereon with Jessica Scales, whom he married in 2009 and later divorced. He also has a son and a daughter with Telli Swift.
He and Florida-born fighter Ray Mercer both won the United States Amateur Boxing Championships as heavyweights.