Rau'shee Warren

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Rau'shee Warren
Nickname(s) Baby Pit
Rated at Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 4 12 in (164 cm)
Reach 64 12 in (164 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1987-02-13) February 13, 1987 (age 30)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 17
Wins 14
Wins by KO 4
Losses 2
No contests 1

Rau'shee Warren (born February 13, 1987) is an American professional boxer who held the WBA (Undisputed) and IBO bantamweight titles from 2016 to 2017. As an amateur he won a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships, as well as bronze at the 2005 and 2011 World Championships, all in the flyweight division.

Amateur career[edit]

At the 1st AIBA American 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2004, at the age of 17, he upset Rayonta Whitfield and Diego Hurtado and international competitors Raúl Castañeda (Mexico), and Miguel Miranda (Venezuela) to qualify as the U.S. boxing team's 106-pound light flyweight representative at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He was both the youngest boxer in the games and the youngest US male in all sports. He was eliminated by the favored Zou Shiming of China in the first round.

He moved up to flyweight soon after and in 2005 and 2006 became US champion. At the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Mianyang he avenged a previous loss to European champion Georgy Balakshin before losing to the Korean surprise winner Lee Ok-Sung and having to settle for bronze.

In 2006 Light middleweight Akima Stocks and Warren were named USA Boxing’s 2006 Athletes of the Year. That year he also moved up to fight as a bantamweight, and lost to highly regarded Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in November.

In 2007 he returned to the flyweight ranks and repeated as US champion.

At the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago he defeated European Champion Georgy Balakshin in a rematch and Samir Mammadov to reach the finals. In the finals he defeated Thai Somjit Jongjohor.

In 2008 he became the first American boxer in more than 30 years to compete at two Olympic Games, accomplishing something not done since Davey Lee Armstrong in 1972 and 1976.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Warren lost in the first round, again to Lee Ok-Sung, in a controversial decision given that he assumed that he had won on points.

He remained in the amateur ranks and ascended to the bantamweight division again at the US Nationals 2009 where he controversially lost his semifinal 19:19 (countback loss) to eventual champion Jesus Magdaleno.

While competing for the Los Angeles Matadors in the World Series of Boxing, Warren secured a Bronze in the US nationals in 2009, gold in 2010, and in 2011 a bronze at the Worlds. A gold medal in the 2011 individual competition (they also compete for team titles) at the WSB secured champions in 5 WSB weight classes the first Olympic slots, so participation in WSB saw Warren's first near miss at qualifying (only top 2 ranked boxers after team competition selected for individual title fight). Warren won the 2011 US Olympic Trials and came home with the Bronze after the 2011 AIBA World Championships, securing his place in a 3rd Olympics, unprecedented for an American boxer, at only 25 years old.

On August 3, 2012 at the London Olympics, Rau'shee Warren failed to get past the first round of the brackets yet again for the third time of his amateur career losing to Nordine Oubaali of France in a close decision of 19-18.

Professional career[edit]

Warren made his long-awaited professional debut on November 9, 2012, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Luis Rivera. Having won thirteen of his first fourteen fights (the only blemish being a three-round no contest against Javier Gallo on December 12, 2014), Warren attempted to win his first world championship—the WBA (Super) and vacant IBO bantamweight titles—on August 2, 2015, but lost a debatable split decision to Juan Carlos Payano.[1] In a rematch with Payano on June 18, 2016, Warren gained revenge by winning both titles with a majority decision.[2] However, Warren lost in his first defense to Zhanat Zhakiyanov by split decision.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
17 fights 14 wins 2 losses
By knockout 4 0
By decision 10 2
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
17 Loss 14–2 (1) Kazakhstan Zhanat Zhakiyanov SD 12 Feb 10, 2017 United States Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio, U.S. Lost WBA (Undisputed) and IBO bantamweight titles
16 Win 14–1 (1) Dominican Republic Juan Carlos Payano MD 12 Jun 18, 2016 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Won WBA (Undisputed) and IBO bantamweight titles
15 Loss 13–1 (1) Dominican Republic Juan Carlos Payano SD 12 Aug 2, 2015 United States Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida, U.S. For WBA (Super) and vacant IBO bantamweight titles
14 Win 13–0 (1) Mexico Javier Gallo TKO 1 (10), 0:52 Mar 6, 2015 United States MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
13 NC 12–0 (1) Mexico Javier Gallo NC 1 (10), 1:08 Dec 12, 2014 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. NC after Gallo sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Jose Luis Araiza UD 10 Sep 6, 2014 United States U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Ricardo Alvarado UD 10 May 2, 2014 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Mexico German Meraz UD 8 Jan 25, 2014 United States D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Jose Silveira UD 8 Dec 14, 2013 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Colombia Jhon Alberto Molina UD 4 Oct 14, 2013 United States BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Omar Gonzalez UD 6 Sep 2, 2013 United States Cowboys Dancehall, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Puerto Rico Jesus Bayron UD 6 Jul 5, 2013 United States Cumberland County Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Puerto Rico Jiovanne Fuentes TKO 2 (4), 1:04 Jun 22, 2013 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Angel Carvajal TKO 4 (4), 2:05 May 18, 2013 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Richard Hernandez TKO 2 (4), 2:04 Feb 16, 2013 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States David Reyes UD 4 Dec 8, 2012 United States Business Expo Center, Anaheim, California, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Puerto Rico Luis Rivera UD 4 Nov 9, 2012 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S. Professional debut


  1. ^ "Payano Edges Rau'shee Warren With Split Nod Win". BoxingScene. August 3, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  2. ^ Christ, Scott (June 18, 2016). "PBC on NBC results: Rau'shee Warren edges Juan Carlos Payano to win WBA belt". SB Nation. Vox Media. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Zhakiyanov Overcomes Knockdowns, Upsets Rau'shee Warren - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 

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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Ronald Siler
U.S. flyweight champion
Randy Caballero
Louie Byrd
U.S. Golden Gloves flyweight champion
Louie Byrd
Jessie Magdaleno
U.S. bantamweight champion
John Franklin
Minor world boxing titles
Preceded by
Juan Carlos Payano
IBO bantamweight champion
June 18, 2016 – February 10, 2017
Vacant after loss to Zhakiyanov
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Juan Carlos Payano
WBA bantamweight champion
Undisputed title

June 18, 2016 – February 10, 2017
Succeeded by
Zhanat Zhakiyanov