Boxing legend Muhammad Ali hospitalized with respiratory issue

In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Muhammad Ali is shown before the Ali Humanitarian Awards ceremony in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

A spokesman for boxing great Muhammad Ali says the former heavyweight champion is being treated in a hospital for a respiratory issue.

Spokesman Bob Gunnell said Thursday that Ali is being treated by doctors as a precaution. He says the 74-year-old is in fair condition, and a brief hospital stay is expected.

He declined to say where Ali is hospitalized or when he was admitted.

Ali has battled Parkinson's disease for years.
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