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Boxing ace Ali is out of hospital in time for his birthday

By Staff Reporter

Boxing great Muhammad Ali has been released from a US hospital where he received follow-up care for a severe urinary tract infection.

It was the former heavyweight champion's second hospital stay in the past four weeks.

Ali family spokesman, Bob Gunnell, said Ali left the undisclosed hospital and is back in one of his homes.

Ali and his wife, Lonnie, have homes in Arizona, Michigan and in his native Louisville.

Mr Gunnell said Ali is looking forward to celebrating his 73rd birthday today with family and friends.

Ali was taken to hospital late last month with what initially was believed to be a mild case of pneumonia.

Doctors later determined Ali was suffering from a urinary tract infection.

That hospital stay lasted until last week.

The former world heavyweight champion, thought by many to be the greatest fighter of all time, has suffered from Parkinson's Disease since the 1980s, but it's never been clear if boxing contributed to the condition.

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