I'm pretty sure he's been banned from fighting in the U.S.. I think he was banned from one state, and under the uniform rules that banned him from all the others.I can't remember why though, read about it a while ago. Maybe the russian mob or something.
He's big, but plodding and clumsy. He doesn't have a punch proportionate to his size. Shit, John Ruiz was able to hang with him and Ruiz routinely gets beat by blown up middleweights:)