WBC Super Featherweight Champion from May, 1994 to September, 1994, and the Golden Gloves winner in 1988.
He had a successful 3-year amateur career, during which time he posted a 23-5 record.
He moved to Australia six months prior to his fight with Kostya Tszyu in order to acclimate himself to the country and its intense climate.
He has a son named Jesse, Jr.
He lost his shot at the WBO lightweight title by losing to Oscar De La Hoya on December 15, 1995.