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    Boxing legend Muhammad Ali hospitalised due to respiratory problems


    In May 1965, Muhammad Ali was the subject of an iconic photograph, knocking down Sonny Liston in the first round of their fight. AP Photo/John Rooney

    Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized in Phoenix, where he lives, and is being treated for a respiratory issue, family spokesman Bob Gunnell said in a statement on Thursday.

    "He is being treated by his team of doctors and is in fair condition," Gunnell said. "A brief hospital stay is expected. At this time, the Muhammad Ali family respectfully requests privacy."

    The legendary three-time heavyweight champion, who is 74, suffers from Parkinson's disease.

    Ali, who retired from the ring in 1981, has been hospitalized a few times in recent years, including twice between late 2014 and early 2015, with a severe urinary tract infection initially diagnosed as pneumonia.

    Boxing great Muhammad Ali in hospital with respiratory issue

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    Muhammad Ali still in fair condition in hospital: report


    Muhammad Ali poses at the 2006 World Economic Forum in Davos. REUTERS/Andreas Meier

    Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali remained in fair condition on Friday while hospitalized for a respiratory issue, a newspaper quoted a spokesman as saying, as speculation swirled about his health.

    The family spokesman, Bob Gunnell, told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Ali's stay in a Phoenix-area hospital was expected to be brief.

    With an online report saying the 74-year-old ex-boxer was on life support, Gunnell said that every time Ali was in the hospital it triggered a "media frenzy," the Courier-Journal reported.

    Gunnell had disclosed on Thursday that Ali was in a hospital, which has not been identified, in fair condition. He did not return repeated requests for comment.

    Ali has suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than three decades and has kept a low profile in recent years.

    The New York Post and the International Business Times cited a report on the Radar Online website that said Ali had been placed on life support.

    Radar Online quoted "an insider" as saying, "Doctors are telling the family that it likely won’t be long until he passes away."

    Britain's Mirror reported that four of his nine children had rushed to the former champion's side.

    The Associated Press cited two people familiar with his condition as saying that Ali was facing more serious health problems than in his previous hospital stays because of his Parkinson's disease.

    Ali's last public appearance was in April at the "Celebrity Fight Night" gala in Arizona, a charity that benefits the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

    At the height of his career, Ali was known for his dancing feet and quick fists and his ability, as he put it, to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

    Ali, who lives in Phoenix, was admitted to hospital in December 2014 with what was believed to be a mild case of pneumonia.

    Doctors determined he had suffered a severe urinary tract infection, for which he received further treatment in January 2015.

    Nicknamed "The Greatest," he retired from boxing in 1981 with a 56-5 record. Ali's diagnosis of Parkinson's came about three years after he retired.

    Ali, born in Louisville, Kentucky, as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., changed his name in 1964 after his conversion to Islam.

    (Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

    Muhammad Ali still in fair condition in hospital: report

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    All BS propaganda aside, this man is arguably the Greatest Living Legend...The Greatest in the ring, full of pomp and splendour, yet a poet who wouldn't back down at any cost...

    Remember our team meeting him at Chicago's O'Hare airport...One guy scrambling for something for him to autograph...Pulls out a dollar bill and Ali says "I don' sign money"...

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    He's a Muslim.

    How many people are going to take the piss out of him because of his faith?

    He is the reason why I got into the sport as a kid.

    The Greatest!

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    He's incredible! couldn't give a toss if he is a Mozzie... an all around amazing human being and role-model.

    A true, modern day Samurai!

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    Muhammad Ali close to death: source

    Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is 'close to death' in a US hospital, a source close to the family has said.

    Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is close to death in a US hospital, a source close to the family has told the Reuters news agency.

    "It's extraordinarily grave. It's a matter of hours," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Ali, 74, one of the world's most celebrated athletes, was hospitalised this week for a respiratory ailment.

    The source said he had spoken with Ali's wife, Lonnie.

    "It could be more than a couple of hours, but it's not going to be much more. Funeral arrangements are already being made."

    A spokesman for the former world heavyweight champion, Bob Gunnell, has not responded to repeated requests for comment about Ali's condition.

    Ali has suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than three decades and has kept a low profile in recent years.

    At the height of his career, Ali was known for his dancing feet and quick fists and his ability, as he put it, to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

    Nicknamed The Greatest, he retired from boxing in 1981 with a 56-5 record. Ali's diagnosis of Parkinson's came about three years after he retired.

    Ali, born in Louisville, Kentucky, as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, changed his name in 1964 after his conversion to Islam.

    Muhammad Ali close to death: source

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZdick1983 View Post
    He's incredible! couldn't give a toss if he is a Mozzie... an all around amazing human being and role-model.

    A true, modern day Samurai!
    Absolutely.

    The funny thing, is that Muzzie bashers conveniently forget that Ali is a Muslim.

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    CNN reporting Muhammad Ali has died today, at the age of 74.

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    RIP 2 the Greatest of All Time... (A sad day if this is indeed true.)

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    aww fuck

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    It's true, just heard it on the ABC.

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    Yes, all over Fox News at the mo.

    RIP the greatest. A man who stood up for what he believed in.

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    Nasty old adulterer and racist who just happened to be a great boxer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly94 View Post
    Nasty old adulterer and racist who just happened to be a great boxer
    Oh dear, not even a good attempt at a troll.


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    "We who follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad don't want to be forced to integrate. Integration is wrong. We don't want to live with the white man''

    Ali was a despicable racist who got away with his views because he was a famous black

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly94 View Post
    "We who follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad don't want to be forced to integrate. Integration is wrong. We don't want to live with the white man''

    Ali was a despicable racist who got away with his views because he was a famous black
    Fuck off you boring little c u n t.

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    Wrong place for it, DF4...I may be biased and I do believe in "freedom of speech," but he was one of my favourite athletes/persons when I was growing up...

    Goodbye and RIP, Ali...

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    so what if you had a favorite who was a radical Islamic white hating boxer for a hero? many more deserving cases than that arrogant big mouth. Nothing like a differing opinion about a popular 'hero' to bring out the personal insults and childish comments, very grown up

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    A very brave man, as much for what he did out of the ring as for what he did in it. Before anyone says it he had his flaws too. If I were one for making puns I might say that he had feet of clay. But what a legend.

    RIP GOAT!

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    Dodging 21 punches in 10 seconds.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly94 View Post
    so what if you had a favorite who was a radical Islamic white hating boxer for a hero? many more deserving cases than that arrogant big mouth. Nothing like a differing opinion about a popular 'hero' to bring out the personal insults and childish comments, very grown up
    This isn't a thread for your puerile trolling, you mong.

    Now be a good boy and fuck off.

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    lets not forget that he was also a philandering serial adulterer and that his second wife was 15 when he married her, so yes he was true to his faith.

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    The voice of misery as ever, tax. Pity he wasn't as perfect and infallible as you and now will never achieve as much either.

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