Muhammad Ali hospitalised with pneumonia

Muhammad Ali’s spokesperson says he is treated by a team of doctors and is in a stable condition.

Former boxing champion Muhammad Ali (2nd R) poses along with his family, daughter Laila Ali (L), wife Lonnie Ali (2nd L) and sister-in-law Marilyn Williams (R) after being presented with the 2012 Liberty Medal on September 13, 2012. Picture: AFP.

NEW YORK - Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalised with pneumonia and is expected to recover because the illness was caught early, a spokesperson said.

Ali, 72, was admitted to a hospital in an undisclosed location on Saturday morning and is being treated by a team of doctors and remains in stable condition, spokesperson Bob Gunnell said.

"Because the pneumonia was caught early, his prognosis is good with a short hospital stay expected," Gunnell said in a statement.

He declined to give any further details of the boxer's condition and said Ali's family was asking for privacy.

The boxing great, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, made a public appearance in September to attend a ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky, for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.

A three-time world heavyweight champion, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's about three years after he retired from boxing in 1981.