- Took up boxing at age 7.
- Naturally right-handed, but fights in a southpaw stance, leading with his left hand.
- Spent several years in foster care before his older sister turned 18 and was able to become his legal guardian.
- Turned pro in 2004, at age 17.
- Signed with Golden Boy Promotions, owned by Oscar De La Hoya, in 2008.
- Had his jaw broken in a fight with Joseito Lopez in June 2012.
- Joined Dancing with the Stars in season 16, partnered with professional Lindsay Arnold.