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Jake LaMotta

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
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Full Name: Giacobbe LaMotta
Profession: World Middleweight Boxing Champion

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Former World Middleweight Champion nicknamed "The Bronx Bull" and "The Raging Bull". Portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 film "Raging Bull".

Born: July 10, 1922
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: September 19, 2017 (aged 95)

Married Life

  • 2013-01-04 Former World Middleweight champ Jake LaMotta (90) weds his longtime fiancĂ©e Denise Baker (62) in Bisbee, Arizona

Historical Events

  • 1943-02-05 Jake LaMotta defeats future multi-weight world boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson by unanimous points decision in Detroit in the 2nd of their 6 meetings; his only win of their rivalry; Robinson’s first loss in his first 40 pro bouts
  • 1943-03-19 In their third match, Jake LaMotta finally defeats Jimmy Reeves by knocking him out in the sixth round
  • 1952-12-31 Danny Nardico stops former world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta in 7 rounds in a light heavyweight non-title bout in Coral Gables, Florida; LaMotta is knocked down for the only time in his career, his corner stopping fight after the round
  • 1980-12-19 "Raging Bull", directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released in the United States

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