Nicknamed "Kid Chocolate," he won the WBO Middleweight Title in October 2012 and won the United States Boxing Organization Super Middleweight title April 2011.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
His professional debut came in June 2005; he won by first-round TKO.
His father was born and grew up in Cuba.
He defeated Winky Wright by unanimous decision in June 2012.