October 18, 1958
On November 25, 1977, in Detroit, Michigan, he knocked out Jerome Hill in two.
won the world title
On August 2, 1980, in Detroit, Michigan, he defeated Mexican Pipino Cuevas by technical knockout in ten rounds and stripped him of the WBA welterweight title. On December 3, 1982, in New Orleans, he defeated Wilfredo Benítez by majority decision and obtained the WBC super welterweight title. He regained the WBC middleweight title on June 23, 1986, in Las Vegas, by technically knocking out Mark Medals in eight rounds. On October 29, 1987, in Las Vegas, he knocked out Juan Domingo Roldan in four rounds and seized the vacant WBC middleweight title. He became WBO super middleweight champion on November 4, 1988, in Las Vegas, defeating James Kinchen by majority decision. He obtained the WBA light heavyweight title on June 3, 1991, in Las Vegas, defeating Virgil Hill by unanimous decision.
Lost His Title
In the fourth defense, when he unified his WBA title with Ray Leonard, WBC champion, who defeated him by technical knockout in 14 rounds on September 16, 1981, in Las Vegas. He did not lose the super welterweight title, he gave it up after four defenses to go in search of the middle title. In his second spell as WBC super welterweight champion, he only made one defense and resigned to go in search of the WBC middle title. On June 6, 1988, in Las Vegas, Iran Barkley defeated him by technical knockout in three rounds and stripped him of the WBC middle title, in what was his first defense. After two exhibitions, he resigned from the super middle belt. Lost light heavyweight title on March 20, 1992, in Las Vegas, defeated by Iran Barkley on points
On February 4, 2006, in Michigan, he defeated Shannon Landberg by technical knockout in ten rounds.