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Garry Jones, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2005 file photo, Muhammad Ali poses for the cameras as he and his wife, Lonnie, left, arrive for a gala which marks the opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky. Ali made his fame with his fists, and his post-boxing legacy is being made at The Muhammad Ali Center. Ali and his wife have spent more than a decade raising the money to create, operate and fund the center, which opened in 2005 on their 19th wedding anniversary.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Muhammad Ali's wife says the boxing great is still a "big kid" who enjoys his birthday parties.

The three-time heavyweight boxing champion will celebrate a milestone birthday next Tuesday when he turns 70. Ali will be surrounded by friends who are gathering Saturday evening for a birthday party at the Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville.

Lonnie Ali, says it's the first of five parties for over the next couple of months. Lonnie Ali says the champ will be surrounded by friends and people who have been fixtures in his life, including his trainer Angelo Dundee. The affair is doubling as a $1,000 per person fundraiser for the center.

Lonnie says her husband is glad he's still around, but wants to be reassured he doesn't look his age.