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Rau'Shee Warren is a boxer competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

In a sport where many use the Olympic stage as a stepping stone to a financially lucrative professional career, Rau'Shee Warren represents the minority. The Cincinnati southpaw was the youngest (17 year old) and smallest (5'1"/106 lbs.) U.S. boxer at the 2004 Olympics. Athens proved to be too much for the then light flyweight (48kg/ 106lbs), as he was dismissed in the opening round by eventual bronze medalist Zou Shiming of China. Warren committed to another four years immediately following his defeat. Not since Davey Lee Armstrong in 1972 and 1976 had an American boxer competed in back-to-back Olympics.

The favorite to win his weight class heading into the Beijing games, Warren fell victim to one of the more bizarre Olympic controversies. In his first round match, Warren drew Korean Lee Oksung. The two were tied heading into the third and final round. Scores are posted above the ring for the crowd and coaches to see, but not the boxers themselves. For the final 50 seconds, the score read Lee: 9, Warren: 8. Yet the American spent those final 50 seconds dancing around the ring avoiding his opponent, even though his coaches were yelling for him to attack. When the fight ended (9-8) and Warren learned he had lost, he threw his headgear and gloves down in stunned disbelief. Whether the result of bad communication or a scoring controversy, one thing was clear: Warren would need to put in another four years if he wanted to secure a gold medal, an unprecedented move for the two-time veteran. Yet for Warren, the prospect of putting a gold medal around his mother Paulette's neck was worth more than anything the professional ranks could offer.

Warren goes by "Nuke," as in nuclear bomb, which is the nickname his mother gave him when he was a child because his pacifier read N-U-K. Paulette put an extra e on the end and the nickname was born. "It just stuck with me," Warren said, adding, "I wish I could wear shorts (in competition) that have bombs on them. They won't let me."

Warren started boxing at age 6 and had his first match at 8. He would tag along with his older brothers, Steven, Ortayga, and Antonio, when they went to the gym. Rau'Shee would cry when they wouldn't let him in the ring. But as a 50-55 pound 8-year-old against 10-year-olds, the talented Warren was allowed in by one of the coaches and had no trouble beating the bigger kids. Paulette, who grew up in downtown Cincinnati and always liked boxing, told the Cincinnati Enquirer, "I figured I'd get my sons started in (boxing) to keep them off the street ... I never expected one of them to take it as far as Rau'Shee has."

When Warren first saw fellow Cincinnati native Ricardo Williams compete at the 2000 Games, he knew he wanted to be an Olympian. "I just wanted to be him, period. And when I first saw him on Olympics, I was like that, what is that? I spoke with my coach and he said something along the lines of 'that's the Olympic games. That's where you're going to be.' So I said to myself, okay, I'll make the team then. I was somewhere around thirteen."

Warren is an avid sneaker-head, with over three-hundred different pairs to his name. Since he's only a men's size four, he'll sometimes need to buy kids' or even women's shoes so that they can fit his feet. As for type, Rau'Shee doesn't care as long as the style is "different" and "crazy."

With over three-hundred career bouts, Warren's been hit a time or two. His secret for being able to stay standing after taking a hard shot: biting down hard and taking a step back. It's a method that has the data to support it. In all his fights, Warren has yet to hit the canvas.

Rau'Shee considers red to be his favorite color. Between his signature red shoes, dyed red hair and red-white-and-blue boxing outfit, the American boxer enters the ring as the poster-child for patriotism.

As a member of Team U.S.A., Warren had the opportunity to work with world renowned trainer Freddie Roach before the 2011 World Championships. Says Warren on the experience, "I came back with the bronze and he had something to do with it. He was teaching me the ins and outs and how to step around, use my punches and make sure I delivered the shots at a nice angle. Freddie was always comparing me to [Manny] Pacquiao because I have a lot of speed and I'm real explosive. It feels good to get compared to the best because it validates the hard work you put in."

Rau'Shee has two sons, Rau'Shee Warren Jr. and Ru'Shee. Says senior on junior's future in boxing, "He sees a lot and he imitates everything I do. He'll be at the gym, just sitting there watching with his ice tea. All he likes to drink is ice tea. So everything I'll doing in the gym, like if I'm hitting a bag, when we get home, he'll grab his little bag, his little gloves and he'll just start punching."


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Age: 29 years old
Birthday: February 13, 1987
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 115 lbs.
Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH
Current Residence: Cincinnati, OH

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