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Last Updated: Tuesday April 07 2009 07:31 GMT

Young boxer Ali packs a punch

Young boxer tipped to be knockout

Muhammad Ali was a legendary boxer in the 1960s and 70s and is perhaps the most famous sports star of all time.

Now a young boy from the North of England who's named after him hopes to hit the same heights as his hero.

Muhammad, 12, was a winner at the National Schoolboy Boxing Championships in Dagenham in March, and later in April will box for England.

But he is still modest at comparisons with his hero, saying: "I don't think my footwork's as good as his."

It's not easy getting this good though. Most days Muhammad gets up at 6am to go for a three mile run.

A boxing match

He also spends four or five days a week training in the gym with his coach Keith.

Muhammad says it's hard living up to the name of a legend.

But he's on the right track and is looking forward to representing England for the first time in a big competition against Wales and Scotland.