Boxer LaMotta, Immortalized in ‘Raging Bull,’ Dies at 95

Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” has died at the age of 95.

His fiancee, Denise Baker, says LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia.

Former middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta poses in New York October 28, 2009. (REUTERS/Teddy Blackburn/File Photo)

The Bronx Bull, as he was known in his fighting days, compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts.

LaMotta fought Sugar Ray Robinson six times, handing Robinson his first defeat. He lost the middleweight title to him in what became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

In this Feb. 23, 1945, file photo, Jake LaMotta, left, of the Bronx borough of New York, and Ray Robinson of the Harlem section of New York, fight at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Matty Zimmerman, File)

In his previous fight, LaMotta saved the championship in movie-script fashion against Laurent Dauthuille. Trailing badly, LaMotta knocked out the challenger with 13 seconds left.

LaMotta threw a fight against Billy Fox, which he admitted in testimony before a U.S. Senate committee. He said he was promised a shot at a title.

On June 16, 1949, he became middleweight champion when Marcel Cerdan couldn’t continue after the 10th round.

In this June 16, 1949, file photo, Jake LaMotta, left, pounds Marcel Cerdan in third round of a world middleweight title bout in Detroit, Mich. (AP Photo/File)

 

This June 16, 1949, file photo, shows Jake LaMotta, right, fighting Marcel Cerdan in Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Mich.  (AP Photo/File)

The 1980 film “Raging Bull” was based on LaMotta’s memoir. Actor Robert DeNiro won an Academy Award for it.

Associated Press

 
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