Muhammad Ali's incredible fame and colossal net worth hasn't helped his only biological son. The latter has claimed situation is so dire for him that he is surviving on less than $8 a day and is often being forced to do odd jobs to make ends meet. Called Muhammad Ali Junior, the late heavyweight champion's son had expected to inherit $5million after the boxing legend passed away at the age of 74 in 2016.
Sadly, none of that panned out the way Junior had expected it too, reported Mirror Online. As of now, all he receives is a small allowance from the estate, which has rendered him penniless for Christmas. Junior said: “I have no plans for Christmas. I’m just trying to make a living." Speaking about the kind of jobs he's willing to take up, the 46-year-old said: “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.”
While Junior lives in a dingy room in a three-bedroom condo in Miami, his estranged wife Shaakira, 49, lives in Englewood, Chicago with the former couple's two kids. Englewood is also notorious to have one of the worst crime rates in the US, but Shaakira and Junior are barely on communicational terms after she gave an interview in 2016 where she had wrongly claimed that Ali Jr ran away to Florida with his fortune.
Junior, however, had said that he had received no massive fortune and had moved just to be nearer to his mother and Ali's second wife Khalilah. His plan was to find corporate work, but that didn't work out either. He had also expected to share his father's $60 million estate with the boxer’s fourth wife Lonnie, seven daughters and adopted son Assad, but owing to tensions between him and Lonnie, 61, that suffered a blow too.
Lonnie had power of attorney over the fortune and is also believed to have helped write the legend's will before his death. As per Junior, the Muhammad Ali Estate provides him only $1,000 a month, of which $700 is for rent. Not having a bank account doesn't work in his favor either as he has to pay commission to cash the cheques. It leaves him with just $200 a month – or $6 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.”
He believes his relatives get way more money that he does, but he cannot obtain that information as they haven't spoken in 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’. Sadly, the “Last time I asked for more they actually cut it by a hundred bucks.”