Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is in intensive care tonight embroiled in his most courageous bout – for his life.The children of the sporting icon have rushed to be at his bedside as doctors treating the former heavyweight champ have told them they fear he “is near the end”. Already four of the 74-year-old’s nine children are at the hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, where medics continue to fight a breathing problem picked up by the star. The children flew in last night from around the US as doctors said the future survival of the champ was “uncertain”.
Sources close to the star say Ali’s battle with his respiratory problem has been complicated by the Parkinson’s that he was diagnosed with in the 1980s. “Like in the ring, Ali is a fighter on the ward,” said a source.
Since he was admitted sources say Ali, arguably the most recognised person in the world, has deteriorated. News of his hospitalisation sparked on outpouring of concern on social media with many fans fearing the worse.