Harvey Horn shocked, blown out in four rounds by Fadhili Majiha

Harvey Horn’s big night with the main name Wasserman Boxing’s first Development Series show in York Hall ended as a disaster when he Horn was stopped in the fourth round by the late substitute Fadhili Majiha from Tanzania to break his undefeated record.

Flyweight Horn, who won a European silver medal as an amateur and went to a world championship, had hoped that this match would be the start of a big 12 months. He returned to the ring after a two-year hiatus last month with a routine win, but the experienced Majiha seemed to be a more dangerous proposition.

Majiha had lost on three previous trips to the UK, against Qais Ashfaq, Paul Butler and Andrew Selby, but the fact that he had lost Selby twice before losing on points gave more than a hint that he was dangerous.

And so it turned out. While Horn was at the top early, there were warnings already in the first round when Majiha slipped through with a clubbing. Horn seemed to have total control in the second and third rounds as he moved and beat Majiha to the battle.

But midway through the fourth round, Majiha landed with a hard right that shook Horn. The Londoner fought back from the ropes, but Majiha’s confidence was up and he started throwing bombs. Horn decided to try and fight his way out of trouble, but was caught by the multiple rights to the side of his head and then fell by a left hook to his body.

He hit the counter, but Majiha stuck into him and landed two more body shots before a right hook on the side of his head knocked Horn over for the second time. He was back on his feet at nine o’clock, but Judge Lee Every waved it off. The official time was 2:32 in the fourth round.

Super-welterweight Ryan Martin will soon return to the title class, but he had a routine victory over six rounds against Angel Emilov, dropping the Bulgarian with a left hook in the final round on his way to a 60-53 decision from referee Lee Every.

Giant heavyweight hopeful Matty Harris was taken the full four rounds on his pro debut by Estonia’s Mladen Manev before making a 40-36 decision.

Louis Horn, Harvey’s brother, made a successful professional debut, winning a 40-36 decision against Jakub Laskowski of Poland in lightweight.

Super-middleweight Martin Foru moved to 6-0 and won a 40-36 decision against Slovakian Pavol Garaj.

There were also debut wins for Hosea Stewart Jr., Saqib Khan and Chloe Watson, who all took 40-36 points.

Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was a boxing correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 – covering four Olympic Games and several world title fights around the globe. He has written about boxing for numerous publications around the world since the 1980s.

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