Boxing Legend Jake LaMotta Dead At 95

Jake La Motta  Robert De Niro

His wife said he died from complications from pneumonia, according to TMZ.

With an impressive career spanning from 1941 to 1954, the sports legend had a total of 30 knockouts, earning him the title of "Bronx Bull" and a reputation as a brawler.

Before losing to Robinson the final time, he had held the middleweight title on June 16, 1949, when Marcel Cerdan couldn't continue following the 10th round.

He turned pro in 1941 at age 19, and one year later he was facing Robinson in NY for the first of a legendary six-fight series.

Robert De Niro won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of LaMotta in "Raging Bull", which was based on LaMotta's autobiography Raging Bull: My Story. "I fought Sugar so many times I'm surprised I'm not diabetic".

LaMotta was 83-19 over his professional boxing career.

In his later years, LaMotta made many personal appearances, mostly in NY.




Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, LaMotta was one of the toughest boxers of his era known for inflicting vicious beatings on his opponents.

Christi LaMotta announced her father's death on Facebook. After that defeat, he moved to light heavyweight, winning some fights but no titles.

LaMotta was known for an explosive temper on the streets of NY, but turned the street brawls into a profession.

Though merely a minor box office success to begin with, Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull biopic would go on to garner global critical acclaim.

But it was the movie that unflinchingly portrayed him as a violent and abusive husband - he was married six times - that is remembered even more. He is pre-deceased by two sons, Jack and Joseph, who died seven months apart in 1998.

On Nov. 14, 1947, LaMotta was knocked out in four rounds by Billy Fox. His nephew, John LaMotta - himself a former boxer - played "Duke", the owner of Duke's bar in Frasier. Vikki later passed away in 2005 at age 75.

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