December 21, 2014 / 5:03 AM / 3 years ago

Boxing great Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

File photo of boxing legend Muhammad Ali (L) next to Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria (R) in Miami, Florida April 4, 2012.Andrew Innerarity/Files

REUTERS - Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with pneumonia and is expected to recover because the illness was caught early, a spokesman said on Saturday.

Ali, 72, was admitted to a hospital in an undisclosed location Saturday morning and is being treated by a team of doctors and remains in stable condition, spokesman Bob Gunnell said.

"Because the pneumonia was caught early, his prognosis is good with a short hospital stay expected," Gunnell said in a statement.

He declined to give any further details of the boxer's condition and said Ali's family was asking for privacy.

The boxing great, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, made a public appearance in September to attend a ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky, for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.

A three-time world heavyweight champion, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's about three years after he retired from boxing in 1981.

Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Robert Birsel

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