Tyson Fury is bidding to climb the summit of world boxing again on Saturday night.

He takes on American rival Deontay Wilder in their hotly anticipated rematch in Las Vegas.

If he wins, the Mancunian will become WBC and ring magazine champion - meaning he can rightly once again claim to be the best heavyweight on the planet.

Fury, 31, dramatically won three of the world title belts when he dethroned long-reigning champ Wladimir Klitschko in Düsseldorf in 2015.

However he was stripped of them and ballooned to 28 stone in weight during a two year hiatus from the ring where he battled severe depression, alcohol and drug abuse.

He says it is his destiny to regain the title of world champion. That is a common refrain from boxers these days but Fury and his team can say this with more strength than most.

Fury pictured in Febraury 2009, shortly after he turned professional

As a delve in the Manchester Evening News archives reveals he was being tipped for the top - from the very beginning.

Fury, a former amateur super heavyweight champion, born in Wythenshawe but raised in Styal, Cheshire, turned professional in 2008 turning down the prospect of representing Britain at the home Olympics in 2012.

He said he was frustrated at playing second fiddle to Liverpool boxer David Price, who took a bronze medal in Beijing in the summer of that year.

In an interview with the M.E.N his then promoter Mick Hennessy said after securing his signature, and before his first paid bout: "He's the best young signing in world boxing.

"He is the best heavyweight I have seen since Lennox Lewis - and he is still only 20.

"I have watched his career as an amateur, but since we took him to Carl Froch's training camp over in Ireland, I have seen everything I needed to know. He is like a throwback heavyweight.

"He has a brilliant jab which reminds me of Larry Holmes, and is very athletic, like the old heavyweights used to be.

"He also throws punches in bunches, great combinations.

Fury says it is his destiny to become world champion again by beating Wilder on Saturday

"We have to be careful because the pro game is very different to the amateurs, but his style is far more suited to the pros. He could be winning domestic honours within six months and be a world champion within four years."

And his prediction was bang on the money, with Fury's win over Klitschko four and a half years ago seeing him crowned the world's best, and he still claims the lineal title given he never lost those belts in the ring.

Unsurprisingly he is extremely bullish about his chances in the fight which will begin in the early hours of the morning UK time.

"I believe I can outbox Deontay Wilder very, very comfortably, but the fact of the matter is I believe I outboxed him comfortably last time" he says.

"But it's no good me believing it. The judges have to believe it, and to guarantee a victory, I've got to get a knockout because I don't want to leave anything unturned this time.

"I don't want another controversial decision. I don't want people to say, 'oh well he won' and 'no, he won' or whatever."

"I want it to be a defining win either way."