Boxing legend Jake LaMotta dies at 95

Former middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta died on Sept. 20 at the age of 95.

LaMotta died due to complications with  pneumonia, according to his wife Denise Baker. LaMotta was being cared for in a nursing home in Miami prior to his death.

LaMotta posted a boxing record of 83-19-4 during his 13-year career. He is known for fighting against Sugar Ray Robinson six times. Robinson dominated most of the fight as he was victorious in five fights. LaMotta only victory against Robinson happened on Feb. 5, 1943 when he won by a 10-round unanimous decision.

LaMotta was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

LaMotta, a New York native, was born on July 10, 1922 and was raised in Bronx. LaMotta learned how to fight from his father and spending time in reform school as a teenager. He became a pro boxer when he turned 19.

LaMotta never got a shot at a championship as he was boxing during the time the mob was organizing fights.

LaMotta went from middleweight to light weight in 1952 when he faced Danny Nardico. LaMotta was knocked out in the seventh round. LaMotta retired from boxing two years after the fight.

LaMotta opened six bars after his retirement. A autobiography titled “Raging Bull” was published in 1970 to talk about LaMotta’s life. Film director Martin Scorsese adapted the book into a film, which starred Robert De Niro as LaMotta. The film received good reviews and was nominated for eight Academy Awards including best picture. The film managed to walk away with an Oscar for best film editing.

Advertisements

About the Author

Ryan McFadden, @RMcFadden15

Founder of Inside The Locker Room and Sports Editor for the Ionian. I write about the Washington Nationals for Federal Baseball. Iona College class of 2019 and proud DeMatha alum. Follow me on Twitter @RMcFadden15.

Be the first to comment on "Boxing legend Jake LaMotta dies at 95"

Leave a Reply