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Muhammad Ali has had several visits in the hospital in recent times. Pictured: U.S. boxing great Muhammad Ali poses during the Crystal Award ceremony at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland January 28, 2006.Reuters

Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest boxers of all time and an inspiration to many, was hospitalised in Phoenix, Arizona, on Thursday owing to a respiratory problem. The latest news coming out is that the 74-year-old is in  "fair" condition, according to the boxer's spokesperson Bob Gunnell.

Ali, who has held the world heavyweight championship title in boxing many times in his career, has been suffering from Parkinson's disease for over 30 years now. He fought in the ring for the last time in December 11, 1981, losing a ten-round decision against Trevor Berbick in Nassau, Bahamas.

"I can't really say much more than what's in the papers,'' said Dr. Abraham Lieberman, a long-time physician of Ali, informed about the condition of the legend.

Gunnell, meanwhile, added to the Associated Press that although the condition of Ali is "fair", he will have to stay in the hospital for a few more days.

Winner of the gold medal in the 1960 summer Olympics in Rome, Ali has had to be hospitalised several times in recent years. He was admitted to the hospital in early 2015 as well for a severe urinary tract infection.

The news of the legend being admitted to the hospital once again has made his followers and fellow boxers on Twitter wishing the best of health for him, while also sending out prayers for his swift recovery.

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