Harvey Horn is an ordinary east London boy with an extraordinary talent.
The 19-year-old, originally from Bethnal Green, is one of Britain’s top young boxers, and is looking to make next year’s Rio Olympic Games.
Now a member of the Great Britain boxing team, he has already been making waves in the world of light flyweight boxing, picking up an England elite senior championship along the way.
“I started when I was about 10 years old,” he said. “My dad was a keen boxer, and I took me along to try it one day – I really took to it and never looked back.”
Although he trains in Sheffield for three days a week, Harvey is still a member of the Repton Boxing Club in Bethnal Green, and trains there regularly. It was where he was noticed by the GB boxing team
“I came into the Great Britain programme just last year,” he added. “They sent me to two international tournaments, and I won both of them.”
It wasn’t long before Harvey was sent to compete in the World Series of Boxing, dishing out blows to pros much older than him.
“There were guys there who were about 26 or 27, they were at their peak and they knew the game much more than I did, so to be able to mix it with them felt really good.
“I feel like I am still learning and I can only get better.”
Harvey is set to fly out to Doha for the World Boxing Championships on October 5 and a championship win would almost certainly guarantee him a route to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
“The Olympics is where you want to be,” he said. “In order to go pro, you need promoters to be interested in putting your fights on, and an Olympic medal can really help swing it.
“You have to entertain the crowd too – you need to be able to knock people out. Anthony Joshua is one that I want to emulate, as he can do all that.”
The World Boxing Championships take place throughout October.
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