He became the WBA Light-weight Champion on Feb 26, 2011 after defeating Miguel Acosta. He maintained the title within a fight Urbano Antillon 5 a few months later, after that was compelled to forfeit it after failing woefully to make the contracted 135-pound fat limit over the range after three attempts in Dec, 2011. He was a prominent amateur fighter, earning the 2004 U.S. Country wide Amateur Featherweight Tournament. He proceeded to go undefeated for his first 32 battles, gathering 31 wins and 1 link. He wedded Victoria Lopez this year 2010. His second profession loss came in an exceedingly well-fought decision against star Manny Pacquiao on November 24, 2013.