Boxing Legend, Jake LaMotta has died aged 95

Boxing Legend, Jake LaMotta has died aged 95

Legendary boxer, Jake LaMotta, the fighter who inspired the movie Raging Bull, has died at the age of 95.

LaMotta passed away on Tuesday in a Miami-area nursing home after suffering complications from a bout of pneumonia, according to his fiancee Denise.

The New York-born fighter had 106 professional bouts and earned his ‘Bronx Bull’ nickname for the rough-house style which took him to the world middleweight title.

LaMotta compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts in 13 years, but is best known for a six-fight series against the great Sugar Ray Robinson.

Although Robinson won that series 5-1, LaMotta was able to inflict a first career defeat on him in February 1943 before losing to the same man a matter of three weeks later.

 

LaMotta retired from boxing in 1954 and afterwards dabbled in the entertainment industry as a nightclub owner, working in show business and making commercials.

His life and career were then immortalised in the 1980 film Raging Bull, starring Robert De Niro, whose performance earned him a best actor award at the 1981 Oscars.

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