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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies

Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74. The boxing legend had been admitted to hospital in Phoenix, Arizona with respiratory problems last week.

A three-time heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali was also known for his social activism.

Ali was born “Cassius Clay” in Louisville, Kentucky in January 1942. He began boxing as an amateur when he was 12 years old. In 1964 he became heavyweight champion when he knocked out Sonny Liston.

Ali had been hospitalized in January 2015 with a urinary tract infection. He was hospitalized in December 2014 with pneumonia.

Fellow boxers like Sugar Ray Leonard have paid tribute: “Prayers & blessings to my idol, my friend, & without question, the Greatest of All Time @MuhammadAli !”

Ali’s last public appearance was in April at the “Celebrity Fight Night” gala in Arizona, a charity that benefits sufferers of Parkinson’s disease, of which Ali was diagnosed three years after his retirement in 1981 with a record of 56 wins, 37 by knockout, and five losses.

Ali’s career was interrupted for more than three years in the 1960s when he refused to join the US Army during the Vietnam War and was convicted of draft evasion. The Supreme Court overturned the conviction.
He went on to win the heavyweight title twice more before retiring in 1981.
ss/jm (AP, Reuters)
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