Considered one of the best English boxers of the post-war era, he was the ABA Light-Middleweight Champion.
He became the Junior World Welterweight Champion in 1976.
He released an autobiography called Bomber: Behind the Laughter in 2011.
His son was injured in a shooting in February 2009.
He lost a shot at the WBA World Middleweight Title by losing to Mike McCallum on October 5, 1989.