Nicknamed "Termite", he was a former Lightweight and Welterweight, and the coach of the Iraqi national boxing team.
His first professional fight was a first-round knockout of Cesar Cortez on May 21, 1974.
He invented the phrase "Iraq! Iraq! Iraq is back!", which became so popular in Iraq that thousands of T-shirts were made with the phrase printed on them.
He comes from a family that was in the insect fumigation business, hence his unusual nickname.
He lost via unanimous decision to Saoul Mamby on February 10, 1980.