Malik Warren was born on June 8, 2000, in Catonsville, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. Warren became a boxing fan at a very young age and was quickly introduced to the sport at eight years old by his father. He was determined to train hard in hopes of making an amateur debut as soon as he could, so he worked diligently to balance his school and training schedules. At eleven years old he was introduced to and joined the highly acclaimed, Upton Boxing Gym, teaming up with coaches Calvin Ford, Kenny Ellis, and Russ Blakeney. Within that year he made his amateur debut and began his journey within the sport.
Warren experienced a competitive amateur career having competed against some of Team USA’s elite and top-ranked fighters such as Harley Mederos, Keyshawn Davis, and Dominique Francis. In 2016 and 2017 he was ranked number two in the Nationals. In 2018 he won the State Golden Gloves and was ranked number two in the USA at 132. Warren was then invited to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado where he trained with the USA boxing team. In early 2019 he won the State Golden Gloves, again proving that he had the skillset to continue excelling in the sport. Warren completed his amateur career with a record of 68-24 at the age of nineteen.
On July 27, 2019, Warren made his professional debut under the guidance of coaches Calvin Ford, Kenny Ellis, and Russ Blakeney, at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland on the Davis vs. Nunez undercard. His grit and hard work in the gym was put on display and paid off when he successfully stopped his opponent, Davonte McCowen, in round 2 within 2:57. Shortly after his spectacular debut Warren was signed to Mayweather Promotions and is set to make his 2nd professional appearance in Las Vegas at Sam’s Town Live for the Sin City Showdown on November 1st.
A ripe Warren realizes that he is young and has so much growth and opportunities ahead of him. He refuses to be derailed from his goals of becoming a prominent boxer and world champion out of Baltimore. His stablemate, two-time world champion, Gervonta Davis is his motivation to believe that the odds can be beat, and favorable outcomes will materialize if he remains humble and disciplined. Warren’s hard work and focused mentality are what he believes will allow him to ascend in the junior lightweight division.