By Ryan Maquiñana
BoxingScene.com has been advised that 2012 U.S. Olympians Rau’shee Warren, Terrell Gausha, and Dominic Breazeale have signed contracts with adviser Al Haymon.
"It's a great move for all of us," Gausha told BoxingScene.com. "For me, being from Ohio, Al's already worked with [Adrien] Broner and Chris Pearson, being from Dayton. I've been sacrificing and working hard to get to this point, and here I am."
Warren, a flyweight from Cincinnati, Ohio, became the first American to compete in three consecutive Games. Although he was unable to secure a win in Olympic competition, the 25-year-old won a gold medal (2007) and two bronzes (2005, 2011) at the World Championships.
The 25-year-old Gausha earned worldwide attention in London 2012 for his dramatic knockout victory of Armenia’s Andranik Hakobyan as time ran out in their preliminary round battle. The two-time national middleweight champion from Cleveland, Ohio, would eventually fall in the round of 16 to India’s Vijender Singh via controversial decision.
"I was told my debut would be sometime late October, early November," Gausha added. "I started training camp already, and I think fighting in the World Series of Boxing helped prepare me for this. Fighting without headgear, I got to fight two Olympians and three national champions."
A former quarterback at Northern Colorado University, the 27-year-old Breazeale has learned the sport at a rapid pace. An alumnus of TV magnate Michael King’s All-American Heavyweights program, the super heavyweight from Alhambra, Calif., advanced to the Continental Championships final to qualify for London, where he was outpointed in the opening round.
The trio of Olympians join Haymon’s burgeoning stable that includes Floyd Mayweather, Andre Berto, Adrien Broner, Josesito Lopez, Peter Quillin, Austin Trout, Gary Russell Jr., Erislandy Lara, Chris Arreola, Seth Mitchell, and several others.
Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBC Olympics during London 2012 and writes a weekly boxing column for CSNBayArea.com. He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.