Muhammad Ali hospitalized for treatment of ‘respiratory’ problem

  • Muhammad Ali is currently in hospital for treatment from respiratory illness
  • His spokesman said the boxing legend is in fair condition 
  • Ali has had Parkinson’s disease for a number of years now and he has retired from the ring since 1981

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is being treated in hospital for a respiratory problem.

This was stated by the former heavyweight champion’s spokesman Bob Gunnell as he noted that Ali is being looked after by doctors as a “precaution” further stressing that the 74-year-old is in “fair condition”.

Gunnell, who declined to identify the hospital or when Ali was admitted, said a brief stay at the health facility is expected, an article published by The Guardian mentioned.

Based on his medical records, Ali has had Parkinson’s disease for a number of years now and he has retired from the ring since 1981.

In December 2014, the former boxing superstar was admitted to hospital with what was believed to be a mild case of pneumonia.

Later on, doctors determined he was suffering from a severe urinary tract infection. He received further treatment in hospital in January last year.

During the past years, Ali lived a quiet life as he kept a low profile. His last public appearance was in April at the ‘Celebrity Fight Night’ gala in Arizona, a charity that benefits the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

Ali is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweight champions in the history of boxing.

Formerly known as Cassius Clay, he started training at the age of 12.  In 1964, when he was 22 years old, he won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after that bout, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975, and 30 years later began adhering to Sufism.

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