Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Jake LaMotta Was More Than Just a 'Raging Bull'

Jake LaMotta Was More Than Just a 'Raging Bull'

LaMotta's seventh wife, Denise Baker, told ABC News that the boxer, who had been living in a nursing home in Miami, died of complications of pneumonia.

"Rest in Peace Pop", daughter Christi posted to Facebook with a photo of her father in his prime.

"I just want people to know, he was a great, sweet, sensitive, strong, compelling man with a great sense of humor, with eyes that danced", Baker was quoted by TMZ as saying.

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In a statement, Cordasco said that "working for the champ for nearly 20 years was an honor".

In 1980, ten years before his entry into the Hall of Fame of boxing, Jake LaMotta had the pleasure to see his life adapted on the big screen by Martin Scorcese. LaMotta knocked his opponent down in the first round of their first fight before proceeding to outpoint him over the course of 10 rounds during the second fight of their legendary six-bout rivalry. Direct and punchy, like the shots of Jake LaMotta.

In a career spanning 1941 to 1954, LaMotta racked up a record of 83 victories, 30 of them knockouts, against 19 defeats, according to the boxing statistics website BoxRec.

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LaMotta, who admitted intentionally losing a fight at the behest of mobsters, was in his 90s, listing his birthday as July 10, 1922, while other sources had the year as 1921.

A middleweight boxer, LaMotta wrote his autobiography in 1970 which Robert DeNiro then read on the set of The Godfather: Part II and became fascinated with.

LaMotta was "stopped" by Fox in the fourth round on November 14, 1947, in Madison Square Garden.

LaMotta held the title nearly two years before losing it to Robinson in their sixth fight on February 14, 1951, a bout so fierce it became known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

It was called "The Bull of the Bronx": Jake LaMotta, the famous boxer american, died on Tuesday, announced his family in a press release. Garnering an incredible 106 bouts on his professional record, LaMotta fought often during his almost 14-year career.

Mobsters had a great deal of control over boxing during LaMotta's career but he refused to take on a Mafia-connected manager.

He had four daughters and two sons, both deceased, and continued to live in NY, where he owned restaurants and even enjoyed a brief career as a stand-up comedian.

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