Ali buys Paradise Valley home, could see Tyson


Published: August 20, 2005

Source: The Arizona Republic

By Peter Corbett and Catherine Reagor

Paradise Valley is becoming a retirement community for former heavyweight boxing champions.

Muhammad Ali, 63, and his wife, Yolanda, have purchased a $1.64
million, six-bedroom home in a gated community south of Camelback Golf

Earlier this year, former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson came to roost
near Mummy Mountain in Paradise Valley and ruffled feathers with the
pigeon coop outside his home.

Ali’s home is about two miles from Tyson’s, creating the possibility
that the two could cross paths in the aisle of AJ’s Fine Foods on
Lincoln Drive, one of the town’s only grocery stores.

Ali’s attorney, Ron DiNicola, said he did not know when the former champ is moving to the Valley. The home sold late last month.

More quotes available in the extended section of this post (click ‘Read More‘ below).“(Ali) has a very special relationship with Phoenix and obviously he
has been there regularly to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research
Center,” DiNicola said from his Los Angeles office.

The Barrow Neurological Center in Phoenix named the research center for Ali in 1997.

He has been treated for Parkinson’s syndrome since 1982. It has
severely affected his motor skills and speech but Ali travels often for
pubic appearances.

Earlier this month, Ali settled a lawsuit against several sports collectible dealers who were selling forged lithographs.

Ali has a home in Berrien Springs, Mich., just north of South Bend, Ind.

Ali’s home in Paradise Valley is relatively modest by the town’s
standards. It is about 6,000 square feet and features three fireplaces
and marble floors.

The median sales price in Paradise Valley last month was $1.4 million
and sprawling mansions are replacing older ranch homes.