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Jake LaMotta is an American former world middleweight champion boxer. He was famously portrayed by Robert De Niro in the film Raging Bull.
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30 by knockout, and lost 19.
Sugar Ray Robinson in 1943. Other heavy hitters got a taste of LaMotta’s bull-like style, including Fritzie Zivic, Tommy Bell, and Tony Janiro. But his most notorious fight was his loss to Billy Fox in 1947. Many spectators and reporters alike suspected that the fight may have been fixed.
In 1949, LaMotta fought Marcel Cerdan for the middleweight championship and won on the title. Unfortunately, a rematch between the two had to be called off after Cerdan died in a plane crash. LaMotta successfully defended his title against Tiberio Mitri and Laurent Dauthuille. In 1951, he faced longtime rival Sugar Ray Robinson in the ring in a title fight. For round after round, Robinson landed powerful punch after punch on LaMotta, but LaMotta refused to go down. The beating was so bad that a referee stepped in to end the fight in the thirteenth round. LaMotta fought a few more times after this tremendous defeat, but eventually retired in the 1950s. He left behind an impressive career with having only been knocked out once in more than 100 fights.
Jayne Mansfield and Hedi Lamar. But his good life turned sour near the end of the decade as he was convicted for corrupting the morals of a minor and served six months on a Florida chain gang. Not long after this dark time, LaMotta tried his hand at making light of his life by doing stand-up comedy. No one was laughing, however, when LaMotta finally admitted to taking a dive during the Fox fight to a 1960 Senate subcommittee investigating organized crime’s involvement in boxing.
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