Exclusive: Former Team GB amateur Harvey Horn on making his mark in professional boxing

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Making the jump from amateur to professional boxing is far from a simple decision in the careers of young and aspiring fighters.

It's as much about timing as being good enough; turning professional too soon can prove detrimental to the progress of rising talents if they're not ready.

Another big consideration is that once you leave amateur boxing, you can't go back, which includes taking part in Olympic events for your nation.

But when a boxer gets it right, the results show, which is exactly what's happened to flyweight sensation and former Team GB amateur Harvey Horn over the past 18 months.

Horn, 23, is an ex-European Under-22 champion who signed a long-term promotional deal with Frank Warren in October 2017.

His decision to turn pro came after he was overlooked for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, despite enjoying so much success during his three years with Team GB.

And so began a new chapter for Horn who, since teaming up with Warren, has fought four professional fights and won every single one of them.

His professional debut against Denis Bartos in December 2017 ended in a third-round TKO victory for the East Londoner, whose speed proved too much for his opponent.

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Two months later he faced Bartos' brother, Patrik, and won by a points decision. Victories over Gyula Dodu and Adam Hutchinson then followed in June and December last year.

Horn's next fight is a rematch with Patrik Bartos at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 8 March and ahead of the event, GiveMeSport caught up with 'Triple H' to discuss his preparation and the future.

What's changed about your training and approach to fights over the past year?

"My training has stepped up a few gears since the first time I boxed Bartos. I've become a lot more professional and I believe it's going to show on the night."

The last time you fought Bartos you went four rounds - you've since moved up to six-rounders. How much of a difference do you think that will make?

"The rounds shouldn't make too much of a difference. I spar 8-10 rounds so I know I've got it in the tank. The longer the fight goes on the more it suits me because it gives me that bit more time to break him down mentally and physically."

If you beat Bartos to make it five wins out of five, what will your plans and goals be for the rest of 2019?

"My goals for 2019 are to keep active and build my rounds up. I want at least one 10-rounder this year and if it's for a title, that's even better."

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Have you got your eye on any potential opponents after Bartos?

"I haven't got my eye on anyone in particular yet, I'm just going to keep beating whoever my team put in front of me. I'm just focusing on myself and my own development."

What does the future hold for 'Horny' Harvey Horn?

"The future hopefully holds titles! I want every honour there is, from Southern Area to world belts, and I believe it's possible."

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