Muhammad Ali's condition improving after pneumonia diagnosis

The boxing legend has also battled Parkinson’s for the last 30 years

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Muhammad Ali’s health has “vastly improved” since he was admitted into hospital with a mild case of pneumonia last weekend.

His spokesperson, Bob Gunnell, said that his doctors hope to discharge him soon.

“The Ali family continues to request privacy and appreciates all of the prayers and well wishes,” said Gunnell.

The boxing legend has been suffering with Parkinson’s for 30 years, but he is still in good health despite speculation to say he is near death. “He still loves being Muhammad Ali,” his daughter Hana Ali told The Independent in November. “He’s not bedridden. He would never spend the day in bed. He gets up and gets dressed every day and has his day planned. If he’s tired it’s because he was out the night before at a benefit or a fight night, so he might rest a little longer. But he’s never just in the bed.

“My dad loves making the news even if he means he’s dying, so he doesn’t think it’s bad. I’ve said to him, ‘Dad you’re in the news, people think you’re dying.’ He says, ‘They do? Did I make the front page?’ That’s all he wants to know.”