Muhammad Ali's first Twitter post

By Drum Digital
26 February 2014

Muhammad Ali posted his first Twitter message, 50 years to the day after he stopped Sonny Liston at Miami Beach to win his first heavyweight boxing title.

Muhammad Ali posted his first Twitter message on Tuesday, 50 years to the day after he stopped Sonny Liston at Miami Beach to win his first heavyweight boxing title. "I shook up the world against Liston, now 50 years later I'm taking it to Twitter," Ali wrote with the hashtag AliTweet showing it was from the Ali himelf and a link to a photo of him screaming with his arms upraised seconds after the historic triumph.

Ali, who was then named Cassius Clay, stopped Liston in the seventh round to claim the world heavyweight crown at age 22, launching a career that would see him become a global sports icon.

Ali's official website prepared to launch a Twitter quote of the day, collecting the wit and poetry from Ali's amazing career, including such lines as "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

The Muhammad Ali Center, a museum in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, posted the Twitter message:

"Today marks 50 yrs since Ali became hvywt champ! HE SHOOK UP THE WORLD!" with a link to YouTube video highlights of the Liston fight.

The Center also retweeted a photo image from the fight with Clay landing a left to the face of a bloodied Liston.

- AFP

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