Boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, dies at 74

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The world-acclaimed boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, is dead. He was 74.

The death of the American was confirmed by the spokesman for his family, Bob Gunnell,

The three-time world heavyweight champion had suffered from Parkinson’s disease since 1984 – three years after he retired from the sport.

In the days before his death, Ali was admitted to hospital for respiratory problems, with reports suggesting his breathing problem was complicated by his neurological disorder.

A statement from spokesman Gunnell said: “Muhammad Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

“The Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time.”

The self-proclaimed ‘greatest’ is widely regarded as one of the best boxers and most influential sportsmen of all time.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Ali shot to fame by winning light-heavyweight gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

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He turned professional that year and was world heavyweight champion from 1964 to 1967, 1974 to 1978 and 1978 to 1979

He had 61 professional bouts, winning 56 (37 knockouts, 19 decisions), and losing five (4 decisions, 1 retirement).

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