He first became a world champion in 2007, defeating Souleymane M'baye by unanimous decision in 12 rounds to secure the WBA Light Welterweight championship.
He had a very successful career as an amateur, before turning professional in 1998.
He won his first 27 professional fights, going from his 1998 debut until March 2008 without losing a match.
He was born in Newbridge, Wales.
On February 16, 2013, he had his first fight in America, losing to Adrien Broner in a 5th round knockout.