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Amir Khan tips Britain's Muhammad Ali for the top

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Amir Khan has predicted a bright future for exciting 18-year-old British amateur, Muhammad Ali.

Ali, who trains at the same Bury ABC gym that produced Khan, has already claimed an ABA title in only his third senior bout, suggesting he has the skills to live up to his huge name.

A debut for Great Britain awaits at the inaugural European Games in Baku next week, with Khan backing the teenager to prove a success.

Khan said: "Muhammad has really caught my eye already - he's got a lot of talent and has already accomplished so much at a young age.

"They keep producing great amateurs in this country and Muhammad could be the latest who comes through in time to go to (the Olympics in) Rio and be a big success."

Ali is trained by Mick Jelley - who guided Khan through his amateur career and into professionalism - and has a European junior title and Youth Olympics bronze medal to his name.

"Every day I train I see Amir looking down from all the posters in the gym and he's all over the newspapers so he is definitely an inspiration for me," Ali said.

"When I look at what he achieved at such a young age I see no reason why I can't do the same thing and so far I have not had a problem with the step up to senior level.

"Going to the Youth Olympics has helped prepare me for Baku but it will be a great experience. Rio is definitely a realistic goal for me and doing well in Baku will only be the start."

Ali is part of a 12-strong Great Britain boxing team heading to Baku, also including Commonwealth Games gold medallists Antony Fowler, Joe Joyce, Nicola Adams and Savannah Marshall.