"Who is Muhammed Ali?" by James Buckley Jr. November/December 2016

"He was a boxer who liked to brag about how great he was. He liked to show off to get attention and sometimes spoke in poetic rhymes." (p.1)

Based upon the context clues, the word "brag" means to talk or act boastfully.

"He was powerful, experienced, hard-hitting, and fierce, or wild. Many other boxers were afraid to get into the ring with him." (p.2)

Based upon the context clues, the word " fierce" means that someone or something is wild.

"One of his inspirations, or something that inspires you was a professional wrestler called Gorgeous Gorge. Like Cassius, George bragged often and loudly." (p.42)

Based upon the context clues, the word "inspirations" means something that inspires you.

"Cassius traveled to London to fight the great British Henry Cooper. He beguiled, or entertained the English press with his wild ways and taunts." (p.43)

Based upon the context clues, the word "entertained" means beguiled.

"Not many athletes have changed the world of sports, but George Wagner certainly did. George was a strong, fast, and funny which helped him in the arena." (p.44)

Based upon the context clues, the word "athletes" means someone or something that is strong and fast.

"But underneath all of the fun Cassius still had a burning desire to become a champ and nothing would stand in his way." (p.46)

Based upon the context clues, the word "desire" means that nothing will stand in your path to stop you from your goal.

"Liston was in pain, and he did not come out for the seventh round. The fight was over! Cassius Clay had done what he said he would do. He was the heavyweight world champion! As he received his championship belt, fans knew this was one of the biggest upsets in the history of boxing.To the new champ, however, his victory was no surprise." (p.48)

Based upon the context clues, the word "victory" means to defeat an enemy.

"The man born as Cassius Clay took a name that means "one worthy of praise." He said that Clay was his "slave name," given to his family by a white man years ago."

Based upon the context clues, the word "worthy" means having adequate or great merit, character, or value.

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