Status: Heavyweight contender who has fought Wladimir Klitschko twice for the World Heavyweight Championship. Will face Kubrat Pulev later this month in an IBF Eliminator to secure another shot at Wladimir Klitschko.

Record: 38-3 (26 KO's).

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 238

DOB: October 8, 1971  In: Silver Spring, MD

First memory of boxing: Watching Sugar Ray Leonard fight as a kid.

Boxing inspirations: My family.

Hobbies/interests: Golf, bowling, basketball, football, reading, Animal Planet.

First job: Delivering newspapers, paperboy.

Current car: 2008 Cadillac SRX.

First famous boxer you met or encountered: Sugar Ray Leonard at the first season tryouts for the Contender in Washington DC.

Favorite ice cream flavor: Butter pecan.

Greatest sports moment: Walking out the tunnel for the first championship fight with Wladimir Klitschko (2008 in Hamburg, Germany).

Most painful moment: Losing the first fight with Wladimir Klitschko.

Favorite boxers to watch: Sugar Ray Leonard, Ali, George Foreman, Diego Corrales, Micky Ward, Auturo Gatti, Floyd Mayweather, Lamont Petersen.

Funny boxing memory: Hearing my wife yell at any match 'Hit’em baby!!!' I'm thinking: What do you think I’m trying to do [smiles].

Strangest fight or opponent: Scott Jones was one of the toughest guys. To look at him you wouldn’t think he was that tough. He was known as 'The Fighting Mailman', he had a losing record (7-8-3). I think this was my fourth of fifth fight (actually third).

Embarrassing boxing memory: I don’t get embarrassed.

Last book read: Ring Magazine.

Why do you love boxing: Helps to take care of my family, provide for my family.

Toughest opponent: Wladimir Klitschko. He is well-disciplined.

Funniest boxers you've encountered: Myself [smiles].

Favorite sport outside of boxing: Football, basketball, golf.

Three athletes you like to watch & follow: My son Charles Thompson. Tiger Woods, and RG3.

Childhood dream(s): To be the left defensive end for the Washington Redskins.

Pre-fight feeling/mindset: Excitement. Mindset is: I'm the best in the ring and I can't be beat.

Hardest puncher you faced: Wladimir Klitschko.

Last vacation: Dominican Republic two years ago.

People qualities most admired: Loyalty, honesty, individuality.