1980: Won ABA heavyweight championship.
1982: First professional fight, beating Lupe Guerra (K0 first round).
1985: Won European heavyweight championship, beating Anders Eklund at Wembley (KO fourth round).
1986: Suffered first world title defeat (WBA), losing to Tim Witherspoon at Wembley (TKO 11th round).
1989: Second world title defeat (undisputed world heavyweight championship) at the hands of Mike Tyson in Las Vegas (TKO fifth round).
1993: Third world title defeat (WBC), by Lennox Lewis in Cardiff (TKO seventh round).
1995: Won world title (WBC), beating Oliver McCall at Wembley (unanimous points decision).
Record: 44 fights, won 40, lost four, 38 stoppages.
Weight: 17st 9lb.
Height: 6ft 3in.
Family: Married to Laura. Three children - Nicola, Rachel and Franklyn.
Favourite other sports: Athletics and martial arts.
Childhood ambition: To be world heavyweight champion, rich and successful.
Hobbies: Music and family.
Favourite meal: Chicken before a fight, steak when training.
Biggest influences: Father and wife Laura.Reuse content