BBN talks to former team GB amateur standout Harvey Horn, we catch up with Harvey during the build up week of his professional debut at the Copper box arena in London. We got to know a little bit about Harvey’s record in the amateurs, fighting style and his boxing ambitions!
What made you want to start boxing?
“I was doing karate when I was younger and everyone always said I was good with my hands, with the punches, and my dad didn’t want me boxing until I could actually fight, so he took me boxing when I was ten. I had my first bout when I was eleven and didn’t look back.”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
“I looked up to loads of different fighters, I prefer the slick, stylish fighters, the likes of Pernell Whitaker and Roy Jones Jr.
I also really enjoyed Floyd Mayweather when he was boxing and I like watching all the very skilled fighters.”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“I had my first fight when I was eleven, I had been training for about two months and I was asked if I fancied it and I said ‘Yeah I’ll have a go’ I had a West Ham boy on a West Ham show, I lost on a split decision but I got best boxer of the night! It was at 25kg.”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
“I did loads in the amateurs, I think I had eighty fights in all, I lost eleven in total, those included international fights.
I was on the GB squad for three years; I won the ABA’s and the senior ABA’s when I was eighteen, which was a big one for me.
I had won six national titles in the run up, junior titles, CYP’s, I won the Tri-Nations and got onto team GB where I won four international gold’s, a sliver and a bronze. I won silver in the European men’s and also boxed in the European U22s, I got a gold out there!”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“I would have liked to have been a little bit older before turning pro but I had a disappointment with the Olympic selection, so I got my head down but as I wasn’t getting selected, I thought it was time to move on.”
What team do you have around you?
“I am coached by Mark Tibbs at the Peacock gym in London. Also Marks’s dad Jimmy Tibbs will be in my corner doing the cuts and I’ve got some good sponsors around me that are so important at this sort of stage.”
Are you full-time as a pro?
“Yeah I’m full time as a pro, one of the things for me as an amateur is that I wasn’t going to go professional unless I could train full time, because I don’t believe you can be in that elite top one per cent without boxing full time.
Having a job and training is just to hard; if I was going to do it, I was going to do it properly, that’s why the sponsors are so important to me.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I am a skilful fighter and more of a thinker than a brawler, I’ve been making small tweaks and adjustments so I’m looking to be more exciting and more dangerous.
I was more of a points scorer as an amateur, but I think with the longer rounds I will be able to suss out my opponent quicker and cause a lot more damage!”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
“I am looking to get as many titles as I can, I’m not going to rush myself to much but because of my amateur experience I don’t want to be sticking around on four rounds too long, my team around me will and my promoter Frank Warren will warm me into it nicely and hopefully I will develop as I should.
In 2018 I would like maybe six fights and hopefully a title shot towards the end of the year but at the minute I’m looking to get a few wins under my belt, get that experience, and get a feel for the programme.”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
“My first fight is on the 9th of December on the Degale and Selby undercard at the Copper box in Stratford, London.
I have got a big following coming, I was originally from East London so a lot of my family are from around that area, so I’m looking to bring a good following to the show.”
Harvey would like to thank sponsors Bacchus nightclub, Dave Murphy Building & Refurb solutions and NQ minerals.
Harvey will feature on the Degale and Selby undercard this Saturday the 9th of December at the Copper box arena, this will be Frank Warrens final show of 2017 and not one to be missed.