International Boxing Hall of Fame mourns the death of Jake LaMotta who turned 95 this year. He was admitted in a nursing home with acute pneumonia and was announced dead on September 19.
LaMotta held the middle-weight championship from 1941 to 1954. He fought professionally in 106 matches with a staggering record of 83 wins, 19 defeats and four draws along the way.
Giacobbe LaMotta was immortalized on screen by Robert De Niro in Martin Scorses’s film, ‘Raging bull’ in 1980.
He is remembered for his phenomenal victory in June 1949 in the world middleweight championship where he defeated Frenchman Marcel Cerdan with a 10th round stoppage. He held the title for two years before losing it to Sugar Ray Robinson. LaMotta fought Robinson 6 times and it became one of the sports most legendary rivalries of all time.
His wife Denise Baker confirmed to TMZ of LaMotta’s death due to complications from pneumonia on Wednesday. He still remains one of the most iconic boxing figures round the globe.