Muhammad Ali, family return to Michigan home

Updated: September 7, 2007, 3:30 PM ET
Associated Press

BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. -- Muhammad Ali is back in southwest Michigan, though the former heavyweight boxing champion never actually left.

Ali and his wife Lonnie have returned to their estate in Berrien Springs from their home in Phoenix, where they had relocated late last year, spokeswoman Kim Vidt said.

"He never did sell this property (in Michigan). His corporate office is still here," Vidt told the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune this week.

The Alis own a home near his hometown of Louisville, Ky., in addition to Berrien Springs and Arizona. It isn't unusual for them to spend time at all three residences, Vidt said.

Ali, 65, bought his estate of more than 80 acres on the St. Joseph River in 1975. He occasionally stops to chat with neighbors during walks near his home.

His son, Asaad, attends school in nearby Niles. Now a junior in high school, the younger Ali plays on the varsity football team and was the leading scorer on the junior varsity basketball team before he and his parents left for Arizona.

Ali won an Olympic gold medal in 1960 and compiled a 56-5 record with 37 knockouts during a professional career that lasted from 1960 to 1981. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease more than 20 years ago.

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Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com


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