Boxing legend Muhammad Ali hospitalised with pneumonia

Muhammad Ali, 72, admitted to hospital with mild case of pneumonia, spokesman says.

Staff Reporter
21 December 2014, 2:46pm
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, 72, was diagnosed with pneumonia three years after boxing retirement.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, 72, was diagnosed with pneumonia three years after boxing retirement.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been admitted to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman Bob Gunnnell said.

“Ali, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, is being trated by his team of doctors and is in a stable condition.”

“He was admitted earlier because the pneumonia was caught early, his prognosis is good with a short hospital stay expected,” Gunnel said.

No other details were given and asked that the privacy of Ali’s family be respected.

Ali, 72, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1984, three years after he retired from boxing.

Ali was born Cassius Clay and won an Olympic gold medal as a light-heavyweight at age 18.

In 1964, at the age of 22, he became world heavyweight champion in an upset victory against then champion Sonny Liston, according to Ali's official website.

Shortly thereafter changed his name to Muhammad Ali to reflect his conversion to Islam.