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Boxing legend Mohammad Ali dies at 74

Boxing legend Mohammad Ali dies at 74

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Jun 04, 2016 - 17:33

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Legendary Boxer Mohammad Ali died at the age of 74 in, a statement from his family confirmed on Saturday.

 Ali, one of the best-known figures of the 20th century, was admitted to the hospital week for a respiratory ailment.

He suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than three decades and kept a low profile in recent years.

Ali's last public appearance was in April at the “Celebrity Fight Night” gala in Arizona, a charity that benefits the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

At the height of his career, Ali was known for his dancing feet and quick fists and his ability, as he put it, to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

He held the heavyweight title a record three times, and Sportsinfo-icon Illustrated named him the top sportsman of the 20th century.

Nicknamed “The Greatest”, Ali retired from boxing in 1981 with a record of 56 wins, 37 by knockout, and five losses. Ali's diagnosis of Parkinson's came about three years after he left the ring.

Ali, born in Louisville, Kentucky, as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, changed his name in 1964 after his conversion to Islam.

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