November 16, 1948
On May 31, 1975, in Opatija, Croatia, he knocked out Dante Lazzari in one round.
won the world title
On January 7, 1978, in Milan, Italy, he defeated Miguel Ángel Cuello by effective knockout in nine rounds and won the WBC light heavyweight title.
Lost His Title
In his second defense, on December 2, 1978 in Sicily, Italy, Marvin Johnson defeated him by technical knockout and took the WBC light heavyweight title from him.
On March 31, 1980, in Las Vegas, he was defeated by Marvin Camel by unanimous decision for the vacant WBC light heavyweight title.