Remembering Jake LaMotta: Middleweight Boxing Champion and Hall of Famer
Il figlio di due immigrati italiani, Jack LaMotta was a molto famous American pugile. Da ragazzino, LaMotta era cattivo e litigava molto con gli altri ragazzi. Per queste ragioni, imparò da solo lo sport della boxe. At 19, diventò a professional pugile e ebbe tanti incontri molto conosciuti in questo sport. Gli incontri plus importanti furono quelli with the legendary Sugar Ray Robinson furono i migliori dove vines molte volte. LaMotta purtroppo rovinò la sua career quando decise di barare nello sport per ottenere il sostegno della mafia. Fu l’inizio della fine della sua carriera. Reed se fece altri incontri dopo questo fiasco, perse molto fama. LaMotta died in 2017.
Jake LaMotta, the first-generation Italian-American, is remembered for his Hall of Fame boxing career, winning the middleweight championship in spectacular fashion at New York’s Madison Square Gardens on June 16, 1949.
LaMotta survived a turbulent upbringing in the Bronx, having a rough, seedy, and even criminal start to life in his teens and twenties, as he later confessed in his book. But it was what he had in his hands and the way he fought in the ring that made him different and special. His tenacity as a boxer, his tenacity and his punching power made him a dangerous fighter in the ring, respected by all and feared by his opponents.
Ring Magazine, a respected boxing publication, lists LaMotta among the 10 greatest middleweight champions of all time. In 106 total fights, LaMotta has won 83 (30 by knockout), 19 losses and four draws. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1990.
LaMotta was born and raised in the Bronx to Italian immigrant parents. His father was from Messina, Sicily. It was he who introduced LaMotta to a tougher, more seedy lifestyle in the Bronx, forcing young Jake to fight other boys to entertain the neighborhood adults who were throwing pocket change into the ring to woo. LaMotta’s father willingly collected the money and used it to pay the rent.
Young LaMotta had valuable pre-boxing training and he capitalized on those pugilistic skills in the old garages and back alleys of the Bronx. He learned to box while at an upstate New York reformatory where he was sent for attempted robbery, reports have confirmed. LaMotta was convinced to turn pro at age 19 in 1941, and the LaMotta legacy was born – fighting and bleeding in the Bronx.
“There is so much more to LaMotta than a chin of granite. LaMotta was a smart boxer who executed the nuances of the game with great precision. While he was able to absorb punches with little problem in the ring, he was also adept at rolling with punches to minimize damage.He enjoys playing opossum in the ring, lulling his opponents into a false sense of confidence before unleashing his own attack. above all, he had a formidable will to win, his aggressive and relentless style earned him the nickname “The Raging Bull”, he is accurately described in the annals of the International Boxing Hall of Fame (Canastota, NY) in 1990 .
A six-fight streak with Sugar Ray Robinson largely defined LaMotta’s career. They first met in 1942 in New York, where Robinson got a 10-round decision, victimizing Robinson with his first loss in 41 fights. Robinson, who fought once between the three weeks, got a decision at the next fight meeting.
The rivalry would resume in 1945 and Robinson took a 10-round decision in New York. In the meantime, LaMotta was also busy fighting a host of other top-tier opponents. LaMotta has beaten world class fighters ranging from welterweight to heavyweight. Among his victims were Fritzie Zivic, George Kochan, Tommy Bell, Bert Lytell, Jose Basora, Bob Satterfield, Holman Williams and Tony Janiro.
On November 14, 1947, LaMotta was knocked out in the fourth round by Billy Fox. Suspecting the fight was fixed, and it was, the New York State Athletic Commission withheld purses for the fight and suspended LaMotta. The fight with Fox would come back to haunt him later in life in a case with the FBI. In his testimony and later in his book, LaMotta admitted to initiating the fight to curry favor with the mob so he could get his title. To justify his action, LaMotta said he had no other options at the time. All agreed that the fix was a certainty and that their staging was inept. LaMotta wrote, “The first round, a few belts to his head, and I see a glassy look in his eyes, Jesus Christ, a few punches, and he gon’ fall? I started to panic a bit. I was supposed to fight this guy, and it looked like I was going to end up getting him on his feet… In the fourth round, if there was someone in the garden who didn’t know what was going on, he must have been dead drunk.
LaMotta openly confessed in court to cheating in the sport of boxing, saying for posterity, “Let those boys see it. It wasn’t fear. It wasn’t cowardice. It was even money. It was the only way. The only way to have my chance: it was mine. I had earned it. No one would give me a chance, five years as an uncrowned champion. I deserved this shot. I did what had to be done. »
The pitched fight and a $20,000 payout to the mob earned LaMotta his title fight against world middleweight champion Marcel Cerdan.
On June 16, 1949, LaMotta met Cerdan and won the middleweight championship in the 10th round by TKO, despite falling significantly behind on points. Cerdan and LaMotta were supposed to meet in a rematch, but the plane carrying Cerdan to the United States crashed and Cerdan was tragically killed.
In 1950, LaMotta successfully defended the middleweight crown against Tiberio Mitri and Laurent Dauthuille. Trailing on the scorecards, LaMotta staged a miraculous 15th-round knockout of Dauthuille to retain his middleweight belt. This marked the sixth and final meeting between LaMotta and Robinson.
LaMotta and Robinson met on February 14, 1951, at Chicago Stadium and this time LaMotta’s middleweight crown was on the line. As the fight ensued, Robinson began to build a comfortable lead. Although LaMotta absorbed a huge amount of punishment, he refused to fall. Finally, in the 13th round, the referee stopped the fight and LaMotta lost his middleweight crown to Robinson.
LaMotta retired in 1954. He led a troubled personal life and was married seven times. Based on his 1970 book, “Raging Bull: My Story,” the movie “Raging Bull” was released in 1980 by director Martin Scorsese and starred Robert DeNiro.
In February 1998, LaMotta’s oldest son, Jake LaMotta, Jr., died of liver cancer. In September 1998, his youngest son, Joseph LaMotta, died in the crash of Swissair Flight 111. La Motta has four daughters. He married his seventh wife, his longtime fiancée Denise Baker, on January 4, 2013.
LaMotta remained active speaking at public engagements and working as a witty comedian. He has published several books about his career, his life, and his memorable fights with Robinson.
LaMotta died on September 17, 2017, at a Florida nursing home. He was 95 years old.