The boxing world lost a champion.
Former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta died at the age of 95. LaMotta is famous for his battles with Sugar Ray Robinson, one if those fights known as St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and for his portrayal by Robert De Niro in the classic film “Raging Bull”.
“He was a great man, sensitive and had eyes that danced right up to the end. I love him, God rest his soul,” his wife, Denise Baker told ABC. “And he never went down!”
LaMotta, 83-19-4 with 30 knockouts, held the middleweight title from 1949 to 1951 and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
“When I saw the film, I was upset. I kind of look bad in it” LaMotta said about the film.
“Then I realized it was true. That’s the way it was. I was a no-good bastard. I realize it now. It’s not the way I am now, but the way I was then.”
LaMotta handed Robinson his first defeat with a 10-round unanimous decision back on February 5th, 1943 in a fight that saw LaMotta knock Robinson through the ring ropes in one of boxing’s most iconic images.