Three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is home in time to celebrate his 73rd birthday on Saturday after receiving follow-up care for a urinary tract infection that saw the former fighter spend Christmas and New Year in hospital.
Despite his initial release on January 7, Ali was re-admitted this week to an undisclosed treatment facility, although reports that ‘The Greatest’ is in a bad way were not substantiated by publicist Bob Gunnell when he spoke to the media.
Ali, who much-loved around his world for his achievements in the sport and beyond, has been allowed to return home on the back of some fears over the past weeks that the ‘Louisville Lip’ may be facing an uncertain future health-wise.
Suffering from Parkinson’s for many years, Ali has always battled his illness with grace and dignity despite the limitations and constraints the disease poses to him and will hopefully be back to full health again in the near future.
The 72 year-old faced and defeated some of the best heavyweight boxers of all time during his impressive ring career and captivated audiences far and wide with the voice that was eventually taken away from him. Ali continues to stave of health setbacks that have blighted him in recent times, which is much to the delight of his millions of fans around the world.