Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was released from a hospital Tuesday night after a roughly two-week stay for treatment of a urinary tract infection, his spokesman said Wednesday.
The infection occurred just weeks after Ali was hospitalized at an undisclosed location for pneumonia.
Ali was born Cassius Clay and won an Olympic gold medal as a light-heavyweight at age 18. In 1964, he became world heavyweight champion in an upset victory against then champion Sonny Liston, according to Ali’s official website.
Shortly thereafter changed his name to Muhammad Ali to reflect his conversion to Islam. The boxer was also known for his protest against the Vietnam War and refusal to be drafted into service out of religious conviction.
He retired from boxing in 1981 and announced his diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease three years later.