Jake LaMotta (1922 - 2017), legendary boxer

Emilio Banks
September 21, 2017

LaMotta was portrayed by De Niro in Martin Scorsese's 1980 film "Raging Bull", which was based off his memoir.

Despite the great praise that boxing pundits have given to LaMotta, his in-ring career was not without its fair share of controversies. The moment was depicted in Raging Bull, and was totally true, LaMotta told Tom.

According to his website, his father forced him into fighting other children as a means of entertainment for the neighborhood adults.

Robert De Niro and Jake LaMotta met at a screening of Raging Bull on January 27, 2005 in NY city for the 25th anniversary of the film of Martin Scorsese.

When LaMotta met Billy Fox on No. 14, 1947, LaMotta was knocked out in the fourth round and the New York State Athletic Commission withheld the purse believing the fight was fixed.

LaMotta captured the world middleweight title in June 1949 when he beat Frenchman Marcel Cerdan in Detroit, Michigan, with the Frenchman winning 111 of his 114 fights prior to his bout with Jake. In a fight later dubbed the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre", LaMotta endured a brutal beating but refused to go down.

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LaMotta retired three years after that loss to Robinson.

Although LaMotta held his world title for only two years, he did so in one of boxing's golden ages, unmatched in the... Then I realized that it was the truth. That's the way it was. He also appeared as different characters in five episodes of the sitcom vehicle 54, Where Are You? in the '60s.

He opened a nightclub in Florida and in 1967 was sentenced to prison for six months on a charge of promoting prostitution.

A second movie on his life, entitled LaMotta: The Bronx Bull, released in 2015, starred such notable actors as William Forsythe, Paul Sorvino and Joe Mantegna.

LaMotta was married six times and most recently was involved with longtime fiance Denise Baker, who was 30 years his junior. Robinson was the best man at the sixth wedding.

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