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    'Muhammad Ali's wife has stopped me from seeing my father', says boxing legend's son who lives on food stamps in the ghetto and shovels snow for a few dollars

    • Muhammad Ali Junior, 41, is the boxer's son from his second marriage
    • His father has a total of nine children - seven daughters, Muhammad Ali Jnr and an adopted son Assaad
    • But Muhammad Ali Jnr claims he has been cut off from his father since he married his fourth wife Lonnie
    • He tried to call him on his 72nd birthday this month but couldn't get through
    • Muhammad Ali Jnr says he wants nothing more than to spend some time with his father who is in the advanced stages of Parkinson's disease

    PUBLISHED: 13:36, 26 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:00, 26 January 2014

    The son of boxing champion Muhammad Ali has accused the millionaire's wife of refusing to let him see his ailing father.

    Muhammad Ali Junior, 41, who says he is forced to survive on food stamps in a rough Chicago neighbourhood, last saw his father on his 71st birthday a year ago.

    But as the legendary boxer turned 72 on January 17, Muhammad Ali Junior claims he couldn't even get through on the phone to wish him a happy birthday.

    He alleges his father's fourth wife of 27 years, Lonnie, has made it increasingly difficult for him to see or even speak to the retired sportsman who is in the advanced stages of Parkinson's disease.



    Ongoing family feud: Muhammad Ali Junior, 41, pictured left, claims he has been stopped from seeing his boxing champion father, pictured right in 2009, by his fourth wife Lonnie


    'Controlling': Lonnie, pictured with husband Muhammad Ali in 2012, has been accused of preventing members of the the boxer's family from seeing or even speaking to him

    He says more than anything he wants to see his father before he dies.

    The boxer had nine children in total - seven daughter, Muhammad Ali Junior and Asaad, 22, who he adopted with Lonnie.

    Muhammad Ali Junior, who lives in a tiny two bedroom flat with his wife Shaakira and two daughters Ameera, six, and Shakera, five, says he has repeatedly tried to contact his father on the phone but doesn't have the money to make the trip to his Kentucky mansion.

    He told The Sun On Sunday: 'As soon as he married Lonnie, that's when the problems started. We can't see him any more. He can't see his own brother because of Lonnie.

    'I tried calling him on his birthday but got no answer. When I call, they usually say he's in the shower, sleeping or in therapy, and to call back.

    Muhammad Ali Jnr claims he tried to contact his father, pictured in 2010, on his birthday earlier this month but he couldn't get through. He alleges that the boxer's fourth wife Lonnie never allows him to speak to his father


    Act of kindness: Lonnie Ali's supporters insist she is merely defending her husband from family members who wish to leech off his fame

    'When I do they don't answer. I shouldn't need an appointment to to see my father.'

    Muhammad Ali Junior, who was born in 1972 to the boxer's second wife 17-year-old Belinda Boyd, believes Lonnie may have cut him out because he is unemployed and doesn't own a house or a car.

    The father-of-two says he has been trying to find a job but few people are hiring so he now shovels snow off his neighbours driveway just to make a few dollars to feed his family.

    He believes his father would help him with his current financial situation if he were still coherent, but says that is no longer the case.

    But he insists he doesn't care about his father's money, he just wants to be allowed back into his life and to spend as much time together as possible in the time he has left.
    Those who have defended Lonnie claim she is protecting Muhammad Ali from family members who want to sponge off his fame.

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    Read more: Muhammad Ali's wife Lonnie stopped me seeing my father, says son | Mail Online

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    Wow, that's sad. Admittedly we don't know the whole story about his relationship with his father prior to recent years, but I would think his dad would want to help him out financially if there is excess money to do so.

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    When Muhammad was still all there, as far back as quite a while before he married Lonnie, people around him already said that he didn't care about his money to hold on to all of it. He helped countless people out, financially, even the leeches who'd asked him more than once for the same reason (like "I need to pay for my father's funeral"). He was just like that. Lonnie has a business mind, but I'm afraid she's gone overboard in recent years, hauling Muhammad's ailing body all over the globe for all kinds of events.
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