Status: Undefeated heavyweight contender.
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 250
DOB: October 16, 1980 In: Philadelphia, PA
First Boxing Memory: David Reid knocking the Cuban out to win the gold in the 1996 Olympics.
Boxing Inspiration: Lennox Lewis…anything a heavyweight can do in this sport, he did it.
Last Book Read: Art of Seduction.
First Job: Never had one.
Current Car: Chevy Avalanche.
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate or butter pecan.
Pre-Fight Feeling: Anxious, victory is the only option.
Greatest Career Moment: My first time fighting professionally on TV and getting my guy out in the first round (KO 1 Britton Thomas in 2002 in Atlantic City).
Most Painful Moment: Rupturing my left bicep.
Funny Boxing Memory: Getting chased by a deer in the Poconos during my early morning run. Deer are supposed to run the opposite direction of humans usually..but not on this morning [smiles].
Embarrassing Boxing Memory: “Drinking cold pear juice before my 15th pro fight not knowing it could be used for a form of laxative. So about time I got stretched out by my coach and headed out to fight after the third round…well let’s just say I used the bathroom in a public place [laughs]. Not to mention I wore all white trunks for the first time so you can imagine the rest.
Toughest Opponent: Louis Monaco (2001). I beat him by split decision and told my promoter I wanted to fight him again and the next time I beat him unanimously (2004). But it was early in my career, I had about seven fights and he was very awkwardly tough for me.
Toughest Part Of Boxing: Getting meaningful fights, the politics.
Strangest Fight/Opponent: Don’t know about that one, all of my fights and opponents were pretty normal.
Funniest Boxers Encountered: Can’t remember.
Best Performance: When I fought Terry McGroom (2003). James Toney went eight rounds with him my homie Dominic Guinn went I think six rounds with him, and I got him out in two with a sharp right uppercut. I really felt great that night.
People Qualities Most Admired: Humor and integrity are qualities I admire the most in people.
Favorite Boxers To Watch: Lennox Lewis, Ricardo Williams Jr. Up and coming – Raheem Gonzalez. James Douglas – when he beat Tyson. Zahir Raheem and David Reid.