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No proof Muhammad Ali's Parkinson's Disease caused by boxing, reveals former champion's personal doctor
  • Muhammad Ali has had Parkinson's Disease since 1980s
  • It had been widely accepted that his boxing career contributed towards it
  • But his personal doctor has played down that link
  • Dr Abraham Lieberman said it is impossible to know what the cause was
By Pa Reporter
2 November 2014
Muhammad Ali's personal doctor has revealed he cannot be sure that boxing contributed to the former heavyweight world champion's Parkinson's Disease. Ali, considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time, has suffered with the neurological syndrome since the mid-1980s and it has often been presumed that blows to the head during his 21-year professional career were a contributing factor to his condition.

But Dr Abraham Lieberman, who is the Medical Director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Centre, admits that it is not possible to be entirely sure what caused Ali to suffer from Parkinson's.

'It's only over the last 10 years that he's had a lot of trouble walking, with falls,' he told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme. 'So his course has been more that of typical Parkinson's Disease. If you look at the MRI of his brain it looks pretty good but it's very difficult to factor in what sort of role did boxing play. People ask me about this and I tell them: look at George Foreman. He boxed longer than Muhammad did, took many more blows to the head and he's on television selling his cookware. I think that he (Ali) has typical Parkinson's Disease. Did the boxing contribute? I don't know. It may have.'....

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jlc80's Photo jlc80 02 Nov 2014

I've always felt Parkinson's was one of those things people are genetically predisposed to have. With that being said, I also feel that him boxing as long as he did probably intensified the effects but even that can't be proven.