Jake LaMotta remembered as 'colorful character' by boxing expert Lou DiBella

Jake LaMotta remembered as 'colorful character' by boxing expert Lou DiBella

The two fighters squared off six times with Robinson winning five, but LaMotta dropped Robinson multiple times and his gutsy performance endeared him to boxing fans worldwide. "I fought Sugar Ray so many times, it's a wonder I don't have diabetes", he said. And while middleweight champion, LaMotta saved his title in a fight he was losing with a desperate 15th-round stoppage over Quebec-based Laurent Dauthuille. The New York State Athletic Commission suspended LaMotta until June and fined him $1,000, not for throwing the fight but for concealing an injury.

"Believe me that my Dad and Grandma are with him in a better place.My prayers are for you and you family".

LaMotta held the middleweight boxing championship from 1949 to 1951 when he lost it to Sugar Ray Robinson in a grueling battle dubbed "The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre" due to the stunning amount of violence Jake took.

Robinson would say of his compeer: "He's the toughest guy I ever fought".

After the fight, Robinson said, "I never fought a fighter as strong as he is". The moment was depicted in Raging Bull and was totally true, LaMotta told Tom.

Boxing legend Jake LaMotta who was played by Robert De Niro in the movie Raging Bull has died aged 95
Report: 'Raging Bull' Boxer Jake LaMotta Dead at 95

LaMotta earned new-found fame in 1980 after De Niro's critically acclaimed portrayal of his life in "Raging Bull". He was an admitted domestic abuser and rapist, which he described in his autobiograpy, "Raging Bull: My Story." He had several noteworthy moments during his 13-year run inside the ring before his final contest in 1954. LaMotta has four daughters, including Christi by his second wife Vikki LaMotta and Stephanie by his fourth wife Dimitria. After his retirement from boxing, he owned and managed bars and tried his hand at acting.

Born in New York's Lower East Side, he moved to the Bronx when he was young.

Mr. LaMotta had received his opportunity a year-and-a-half after the Fox bout, and he stopped Cerdan on a 10th-round technical knockout to become middleweight champion. "In my whole career, I've never really gotten hurt".

Speaking to World Boxing News in an exclusive but brief interview in 2014, the aged LaMotta recalled his victory as the sweetest of his 106 bout career. He is pre-deceased by two sons, Jack and Joseph, who died seven months apart in 1998.

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