Nov 9, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT
The third time was certainly not the charm for Team USA flyweight boxer Rau’shee Warren.
But after dropping his first fight in Athens, Beijing… and again in London, the only 25-year-old man proud to wear the same shoe size as his mother is set to make his pro debut Friday night outside Palm Springs, Calif. against Puerto Rico’s Luis Rivera.
“I just want to get started,” Warren told the AP. “It’s been a long time coming, and I’ve got goals I want to reach. It’s grind time now.”
Warren will make his debut along with London teammates Terrell Gausha, Marcus Browne, Errol Spence Jr., and Dominic Breazeale at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino as part of a special event headlined by Beijing Olympian Gary Russell Jr. The five new pros were part of the worst American showing in Olympics history and the first to produce zero medals.
Warren, a Cincinnati native who appeared in a U.S. boxing record three Olympics, is arguably more famous for his shoe collection and Twitter account than his boxing prowess, but doesn’t seem overly concerned with past results. Instead, he seems to be looking forward to his future career.
“I feel like I’m not in a hurry,” Warren concluded. “I’ve got time to accomplish my goals. I just want to get out to a good start. I’ve been getting ready for this for a long time.”
You can catch Warren and the rest of the USA Boxing crew Friday night on Showtime Boxing.
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