WASHINGTON (dpa) – Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is being treated for pneumonia at a hospital in the United States, US media quoted his spokesman Bob Gunnell as saying.
“Ali, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition,” CNN quoted Gunnell as saying in a statement.
The 72-year-old has been in hospital since Saturday. Gunnell said Ali’s prognosis was good and that he is not expected to stay hospitalised for long.
Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay in 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky.
He won a gold medal in the light heavyweight boxing competition at the 1960 Olympic Games in Mexico.
In 1964 he beat Sonny Liston to become world heavyweight champion at age 22.
Soon after the victory, he converted to Islam and adopted the name Muhammad Ali.
Ali retired from boxing in 1981, and in 1984 he disclosed his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis.