Nicknamed "The Phantom", IBF/WBA Super Middleweight Champion who went undefeated and defended his title 21 times.
He served an apprenticeship as a plasterer and joined a boxing club at age 14.
He was just the third European boxer to retire as an undefeated world champion.
He had a costly divorce from his ex-wife Gabi.
He defeated Anthony Mundine via knockout to retain his IBF Super Middleweight title.