Muhammad Ali’s son: I expected to inherit Sh516million after my father’s death, now I’m surviving on less than Sh700 a day

By Mirror: Saturday, December 15th 2018 at 21:15 GMT +3 | Boxing
Ali, Jr had been living on the poverty line for the last decade in one of the toughest neighborhoods on Chicago's notorious South Side

Muhammad Ali’s only biological son has claimed he is surviving on less than £6 a day and is forced to do odd jobs to make ends meet.

Muhammad Ali Junior expected to inherit £4million (Sh516million) after the boxing legend’s death, aged 74, in 2016.

But he claims all he receives is a small allowance from the estate, meaning he will spend Christmas penniless.

Junior said: “I have no plans for Christmas. I’m just trying to make a living.

“I’ll do anything – construction, break­­ing up concrete, painting, but at the moment I’m making nothing. I cut grass, pull hedges, weeds, clean shutters, clean gutters. My friend lets me use his truck and equipment and I give him half.”

Junior, 46, lives in a dingy room in a three-bedroom condo in Miami.

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Estranged wife Shaakira, 49, and their two young children live in Englewood, Chicago – a neighbourhood with one of the worst crime rates in the US.

He and Shaakira are barely on speak­­ing terms after she gave an interview in 2016, wrongly claiming he ran away to Florida with his fortune.

Yet Junior said he received no windfall and moved to be nearer his mother, his father’s first wife Khalilah, and to find corporate work. But that did not work out.

He had expected to share his father’s £50million estate with the boxer’s fourth wife Lonnie, seven daughters and adopted son Assad.

Boxing great Muhammad Ali died on June 3, 2016

However, tensions have existed between Junior and his stepmother for decades.

Lonnie, 61, who had power of attorney over the fortune, is understood to have helped to write the ex-heavyweight champ’s will before his death.

Junior claimed the Muhammad Ali Estate gives him only $1,000 a month– about £560 for rent and a further £240.

He has no bank account and has to pay commission to cash the cheques. It leaves him with £159 a month – or £5.70 a day – after bills.

Junior said: “I miss my kids so much. My wife said I ­abandoned them and got mil­­lions, which was wrong. Even though I earn next to nothing, I’d love to send money back home for the kids or be able to afford a flight to Chicago.”

Junior believes other ­relatives get more money but he cannot know as they have not spoken for two years.

He added: “It makes me feel like crap but I deal with it. What else can I do?

“I try to get more money from the estate but they won’t do it. They say, ‘We’ll give it to you when you need it’.

“Last time I asked for more they ­actually cut it by a hundred bucks.”

The Muhammad Ali estate was contacted for a comment.

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