Boxing lost one of their icons yesterday, as the ‘Raging Bull’ Jake LaMotta has passed away at the age of 95. LaMotta was one of the most polarizing figures in the history of boxing. More than anything, in the ring, LaMotta was known for his grit. He was the guy who ate one punch to give back five. With a career record of 83-19-4, LaMotta was a savage in the ring. His crowning boxing achievement is being the guy who handed Sugar Ray Robinson his first professional loss.
For as much of a madman that he was in the ring, he was just as much one outside of it. He led a tumultuous life, as detailed it in his book ‘Raging Bull: My Story’. It documented his wild out-of-ring lifestyle which included drinking, paranoia, and a lot of violence. This book inspired the film ‘Raging Bull’, which was directed by Martin Scorsese and he was portrayed by Robert DeNiro.
Despite his many shortcomings, he was a beloved figure to the American public.
LaMotta passed away at the age of 95, due to complications from pneumonia.
Giacobbe “Jake” LaMotta
July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017