Nicknamed “Bonecrusher,” he became the WBA Heavyweight Champ and put together a 44-17-1 career record. He offered in the U.S. armed service and worked like a jail guard before learning to be a professional boxer. He was the 1st Heavyweight Champ to have gained a degree. He wedded and had kids with Reba Smith. His last battle was against Larry Holmes on June 18, 1999. Holmes defeated him via 8th circular TKO.