Two-time Olympian and World Champion Rau'shee Warren to Remain Amateur

Nov. 07, 2008, 1:47 p.m. (ET)

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - Two-time Olympian and 2007 World Champion Rau'shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) will remain amateur and work toward becoming the first-ever three-time Olympic boxer from the United States.

The 21-year-old was the youngest male U.S. Olympian in any sport at the 2004 Olympic Games before returning for a second Olympic berth in 2008. After winning the first World Championship for the United States since 1999 at the 2007 World Championships, Warren dropped a heart-breaking one point decision in his opening bout at the 2008 Olympics.

"Becoming the first three-time Olympian in U.S. Boxing history is a great opportunity for me," commented Warren. "With the changes and improvements that USA Boxing is making for London, I'm very much looking forward to representing the United States again."

A team captain for the 2008 Olympic Team, Warren served as a leader for his Olympic teammates both in and out of the boxing ring.

Rau'shee epitomizes everything that is positive about representing the United States as an Olympian," added USA Boxing CEO, Jim Millman. "In Beijing, despite a heart-breaking upset loss, Rau'shee remained fully supportive of his teammates, working with them in practice and rooting them on at every bout. He is a perfect role model for our young boxers to emulate."

Warren joins top ranked super heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) in maintaining his amateur status. The duo will be a critical piece of USA Boxing's rebuilding process as the organization begins the journey toward the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The 21-year-old has been boxing since early childhood, following his older brothers into the gym. Known for his blazing hand speed, Warren has maintained his number one status in the nation since 2004. He has competed at the highest levels of the sport both nationally and internationally, culminating in his world title in 2007.

While two United States boxers, Edward Eagan and Davey Lee Armstrong, both competed in two Olympic Games prior to Warren, he can become the first ever to box in three by earning a berth in London. He is trained by Mike Stafford, an accomplished trainer who has had boxers on the last three Olympic teams.