Saturday, 04 June 2016 - 8:30
Update: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74



The former world heavyweight boxing champion, one of the world's best-known sportsmen, has passed away at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix in Arizona.

He had been fighting a respiratory illness, a condition that has been further complicated by Parkinson's disease.

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

He eventually retired in 1981, having won 56 of his 61 fights.

Crowned "Sportsman of the Century", Ali was noted for his pre- and post-fight talk and bold fight predictions just as much as his boxing skills inside the ring.

But he was also a civil rights campaigner and poet who transcended the bounds of sport, race and nationality.

Asked how he would like to be remembered, he once said: "As a man who never sold out his people. But if that's too much, then just a good boxer. I won't even mind if you don't mention how pretty I was."

Update : Saturday, June 4, 2016


Muhammad Ali is still in hospital two days after being admitted with a respiratory issue.

There has been no official update on Ali's condition and concern has grown throughout yesterday.

An enormous number of goodwill messages for the 74-year-old, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1984, have been posted on social media.

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