MUHAMMAD ALI, soon to be 73, is back at home after being released from hospital on Tuesday night. The three-time world heavyweight champion was admitted on December 20 with a severe urinary infection. It was initially feared that “The Greatest” was suffering from pneumonia.

“He’s in great spirits and enjoying being back home,” said family spokesman Bob Gunnell. “He’s back in his daily routine.”

Ali is said to have made a full recovery and his family offered thanks to everyone for their support.

The cultural icon was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984 and his public appearances have diminished in recent years as a consequence of his condition.

As a fighter he won gold as a light-heavyweight in the 1960 Olympics before claiming the world heavyweight title for the first time in 1964 when he defeated Sonny Liston.

Further championship triumphs followed in 1974 against George Foreman, and 1978 when he outscored Leon Spinks.

He retired, past his best, in 1981 with 56 wins from 61 fights.

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