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Muhammad Ali 'Vastly Improved,' May Go Home Soon, Spokesman Says

The boxing legend was hospitalized over the weekend with a mild case of pneumonia.
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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 24: World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali attends a news conference at the National Press Club on May 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. Ali and other prominent American Muslims and clergy appealed to Iran's Supreme Leader for the release Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the two U.S. hikers detained in Iran since July 31, 2009. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)Win McNamee / Getty Images, file

Muhammad Ali has “vastly improved” since he was hospitalized over the weekend with pneumonia, and doctors hope to discharge him soon, a spokesman said Monday.

The legendary boxer, 72, who has Parkinson’s disease, was taken to the hospital on Saturday with what was described as a mild case of pneumonia. The hospital was not identified.

“The Ali family continues to request privacy and appreciates all of the prayers and well wishes,” the spokesman, Bob Gunnell, said in a statement. “No further details are being released.”


— Erin McClam