It is undeniable that Rau’shee Warren stands out from all the other boxers in his division, or perhaps in all divisions. Like many boxers, he started training at a very early age, six years old to be exact. As a young boy, Rau’shee trained at the East Side Gym, the same gym that Aaron Pryor used to train in. However, Rau’shee became instantly noticed when he won his first amateur boxing match at the age of only eight years old.
When Rau’shee turned 17 years old in 2004, he had already defeated boxing players the likes of Rayonta Whitfield, Diego Hurtado, Raul Castaneda and Miguel Miranda. By being able to do so, Rau’shee was made the US boxing lightweight representative in Athens, Greece. In the 2004 Athens Olympics, Rau’shee was not only the youngest boxer; he was also the youngest American male representative. His performance in the 2004 Athens Olympics was short lived, however, when he was defeated by Zou Shiming of China.
Later in his career, Rau’shee moved up to the flyweight division and became the US champion consecutively in the years 2005 and 2006. In the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships, Rau’shee won a bronze medal after being defeated by Lee Ok-Sung, but not after avenging a previous loss to Georgy Balakshin.
Due to Rau’shee’s improvement in his career, he was named Athlete of the Year by USA Boxing in 2006. In the same year, Rau’shee tried to compete in the bantamweight division. This career move didn’t last long after he was defeated by the best pound for pound amateur fighter of Cuba, Guillermo Rigondeaux.
In 2007, Rau’shee returned to the flyweight division and became the US Champion in his division once again. He defeated boxers like Georgy Balakshin, Samir Mammadov, and Somjit Jongjohor in the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships.