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Birthday party for Muhammad Ali

Dozens of guests gathered in Louisville to celebrate Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday with the boxing champ.

As about 350 people mingled in a lobby of the Muhammad Ali Centre in Ali's hometown, he walked out to a second-floor balcony overlooking them.

The crowd began to clap and chant his name and then sang Happy Birthday.

Ali, who is battling Parkinson's disease, leaned against a rail and raised his right hand to wave to the crowd. Those gathered then headed into a banquet hall where the party was taking place.

Among the notable guests was University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari. He said that he grew up as a fan of Ali's and loved the boxer because of his confidence.

Musician John Mellencamp was booked to entertain the crowd.

Ali turns 70 on Tuesday.


From Belfast Telegraph