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Muhammad Ali

Fury ready to shake up boxing world by beating Klitschko

As Tyson Fury prowled the practice ring, stopping regularly for some shadow-boxing and imagining Wladimir Klitschko on the end of his punches, his father looked on with pride.

"They wrote him off, saying he wouldn't live," said John Fury, recalling the day — 27 years ago — when the second of his six sons was born three months early, weighing just one pound (.45 kg).

"I told them, 'It's his destiny to live, and I'll tell you one better than that — he'll end up nearly 7 feet (2.13 meters) tall, 20 stones (280 pounds/127 kg), and be the heavyweight champion of the world. And his name's going to be Tyson, after Mike Tyson.'"