Ali on life support

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been placed on life support and is “barely breathing”.

Ali had been admitted to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday to be treated for respiratory problems.

While his stay was supposed to be a brief one, according to family spokesman Bob Gunnell, his condition was worse than expected.

In fact, one source told Radar Online that the 74-year-old is struggling at the moment and added that doctors don’t believe he has long to live.

“He needs every bit of fight he’s got left to survive,” a source told the website. “Doctors are telling the family that it likely won’t be long until he passes away.”

The three-time heavyweight champion was diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years after he retired from boxing in 1981.

In recent years, Ali has looked very frail and has been treated numerous times in hospital, most recently for a severe urinary tract infection in early 2015, which was initially diagnosed as pneumonia.

Ali’s last public appearance came in April when he was seen hunched over and wearing sunglasses at the annual Celebrity Fight Night dinner in Phoenix, which helps raise funds for the treatment of Parkinson’s.

Prior to that, he attended the Sports Illustrated tribute to him at the Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky in October last year.

Ali is arguably the greatest ever boxer to step into the ring and amassed a 56-5 record during illustrious career.