Parkinson may not have been caused by boxing


Muhammad Ali's personal physician has claimed that he doesn't think his career as a boxer has anything to do with the boxer's long term suffering with Parkinson's disease.

Ali, who is widely regarded by almost the entire boxing fraternity as the greatest boxer of all time, has been suffering from the rare neurological syndrome since the middle of the 1980s and it has been presumed that the severe blows he took to his head during the 21 year boxing career was a major contributing factor for this condition.

But according to Dr. Abraham Lieberman, who currently serves as the Medical Director at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Centre, admits that it will never be possible to ascertain with complete surety what caused Ali's condition.

Speaking to the BBC, Lieberman stated that it has only been in the last ten years that the condition has been affecting Ali this way, and he has had troubles walking with falls.

He added that in this way, the spread of the condition has been very much typical of Parkinson's disease. He mentioned that a look of his MRI shows that his brain is in pretty good condition and so it will be difficult to decide how big a role boxing played in causing the condition.

Lieberman went on to add that he has been asked this question several times by boxing fans and he keeps telling them that George Foreman provides a complete alternative. He mentioned that Foreman boxed longer than Ali, took a lot more blows to head but he is still on television selling his grills. He said that he believes Ali suffers from typical Parkinson's disease and though boxing may have played a small part in the condition, it might not have been the significant factor.

The former world champion is now wheel chair bound with the condition.