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Boxing Legend Jake LaMotta Dead At 95

Boxing Legend Jake LaMotta Dead At 95

His death Tuesday was confirmed in a Facebook post by his family.

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 later said, "I fought Sugar Ray Robinson so many times it's a wonder I don't have diabetes".

With the boxing archives full of fantastic photography, film, and memories of the former middleweight champion, Boxing's "Raging Bull" will live on for years to come, inspiring generation after to generation to lace up a pair of mitts.

Jake was eventually inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

"I ran out of gas", LaMotta later told the Associated Press.

In 1954, the star retired and published his memoir, "Raging Bull: My Story" in 1970.

The boxer's life was immortalized in two films, including Martin Scorsese's 1980 "Raging Bull", in which he was portrayed by Robert DeNiro. It vividly depicts LaMotta's struggles in his career, as well as some of the domestic violence that the boxer has admitted to perpetrating.

LaMotta, left, and Sugar Ray Robinson Jr. pose for photographers at Madison Square Garden in NY on April 7, 2006, in a ceremony commemorating boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson Sr.

In one particular fight against Robinson dubbed the 1951 "Valentine's Day Massacre", LaMotta took an intense beating before the fight was stopped in the 13th round because LaMotta was unable to defend himself. Trailing badly, LaMotta knocked out the challenger with 13 seconds left. He lost five of six fights with the consensus all-time pound-for-pound king, all but one those defeats extremely narrow. Then I realized it was true.

LaMotta was married six times, most famously to Beverly "Vikki" Thailer. Robinson then set his sights on the welterweight title and won it, but LaMotta, despite impressive performances against some of the best fighters in the business, from welterweights to light-heavyweights, couldn't get a middleweight title shot. In all, LaMotta was 83-19 with four draws.


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