Raging Bull boxer Jake LaMotta dead at 95

Jay Jacobs
September 21, 2017

LaMotta's fiancé of 25-years, Denise Baker, confirmed that LaMotta died of Dysphagia pneumonia at Palm Garden Nursing Home, in Miami, Florida, where he was given hospice care in recent weeks by Seasons Hospice.

LaMotta went 83-19-4 with 30 knockouts in a career that lasted from 1941 to 1954. The two fighters squared off six times with Robinson winning five, but LaMotta dropped Robinson multiple times and his gutsy performance endeared him to boxing fans worldwide.

Raging Bull, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, won an Oscar for De Niro and is now regarded as a modern classic. The film earned eight Academy Awards nominations including Best Picture - it lost to Ordinary People - and the first Best Director nom for Scorsese.

"Jake LaMotta was one of the toughest and most relentless boxers in ring history", said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy.

LaMotta admitted to his frustration after years of toiling away on the circuit and defeating highly ranked boxers in a wide range of weight classes.

LaMotta will fondly be remembered as one of the hardest man ever to grace a boxing ring and WBN would like to send our condolences to Jake's family at this time.

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Later in life, LaMotta was active as a speaker, on autograph tours and also appeared in a stage production focused on his boxing career that received cold reviews from the media. He didn't get a title shot until 10 fights later.

LaMotta had six children from his seven marriages.

A rematch between Cerdan and LaMotta had been scheduled, but en route back to the United States, Cerdan's plane crashed, killing everyone aboard. In 1990, it was named to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry, which honors works that are considered "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

His son Joseph was on a Swiss Air plane which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Peggy's Cove, N.S., killing all 229 aboard in 1998.

Christi LaMotta announced her father's death on Facebook. She died in 2005 at age 75.

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