The first winner of the NBC reality series The Contender, WBC Super Welterweight Champion from June 2008–September 2008.
He posted an amateur record of 40-10.
He transitioned from Light Middleweight to Middleweight to Super Middleweight over the course of his career.
He was raised without a father by his mother.
He and California's Mia St. John have both been WBC Super Welterweight Champions.