WBA Super Featherweight Champion from January 1983-February 1984, WBC Light Welterweight Champion from November 1987–May 1989.
He was 64-4 as an amateur and made his professional boxing debut on July 29, 1981.
He was arrested in August 2009 for striking and choking female boxer Melissa St. Vil.
His nephew is world champion
He and Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant have both been given the nickname "Black Mamba".