Malik Hawkins was born on January 1, 1996 in West Baltimore, Maryland. For as far as he can remember, growing up Hawkins always carried a passion for combat sports. It wasn’t until the tender age of nine-years-old that he formally took on the sweet science.
Hawkins began competing at the amateur level at nine years old and his career took off from there. In an effort to keep him out of trouble, his coaches encouraged him to put his efforts toward what they felt better suited him inside the gym. He quickly received his nickname, Iceman, in the gym due to his cool and calm demeanor in tough situations. Hawkins’ amateur career consisted of multiple national championships, including winning the National Golden Gloves, National P.A.L and was awarded a bronze medal in the 2012 Jr. Olympics. Hawkins ended his amateur run with an impressive record of 160-15. He made his professional debut on November 13, 2014, making a statement with a KO victory over his opponent. Since then, Hawkins has been faced with a number of tough opponents that he has added to his growing resume.
This quickly rising, twenty-three-year-old, prospect has fought his way to sixteen straight victories including four Showtime appearances. On July 27th Hawkins appeared on the Davis vs. Nunez undercard, and put on a spectacular performance against Jonathan Steele in front of a sold-out crowd at Royal Farms Arena. His talent and hunger caught the eye of Mayweather Promotions CEO, Leonard Ellerbe, ultimately leading to the signing of the undefeated Welterweight. On September 20, 2019, Hawkins made his debut under the Mayweather Promotions banner on the Sin City Showdown: Thompson vs. Sigmon undercard at the Cannery Hotel & Casino in North Las Vegas. He stunned the fans with a spectacular performance earning a 1st round TKO over his opponent Al Rivera.
Malik’s driving force in his professional career has been his mother. Her energy as a strong woman is what has helped form him to the man he is today and credits much of his success to her support. Hawkins stays active in his community that he patronizes and loves. His talent and star qualities continue to excel in and out of the ring. This has been proven by his large and rapidly growing social media following. This talented prospect had a great start to his career and has a bright future ahead alongside Team Hawkins that consist of the highly acclaimed coaches Calvin Ford, Kenny Ellis, and Russ Blakney. Hawkins exemplifies what he has been taught by his team at Upton Boxing Center and continues to strive to inspire the up and coming youth behind him.