Muhammad Ali hospitalized for pneumonia

Milan Ordoñez on Dec 21, 2014 05:05 PM
Muhammad Ali hospitalized for pneumonia
Photo credit: Muhammad Ali Official Facebook fan page

MANILA – Muhammad Ali was taken to an undisclosed hospital on Saturday night, according to his publicist Bob Gunnell.

The 72-year old legend, considered as the “Greatest of All-Time” among heavyweight boxers, was suffering from a mild case of pneumonia, but was immediately given a positive prognosis by doctors. 

"Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition," Gunnell said in a statement. "At this time, the Muhammad Ali family respectfully requests privacy."

Born Cassius Clay, Ali’s claim to fame was his 1964 victory over the late Sonny Liston. Ali, who was then a 7-to-1 underdog, stopped Liston in the seventh stanza of a scheduled 15-round fight. The victory earned him the WBC, WBA, and The Ring Magazine world heavyweight titles.

Another one of his memorable battles was his third and final fight with “Smokin Joe” Frazier in 1975, dubbed the “Thrilla in Manila.” Ali went on to stop Frazier via 14th round TKO, where he retained all three aforementioned titles.

Ali retired in 1981 after being defeated by former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984.


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