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1961: Born London, 16 November.

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.

Reach: 82in.

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.