Jake LaMotta, the boxer portrayed by Robert De Niro in the movie ‘Raging Bull’, has died aged 95. The former world middleweight boxing champ died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia. The 1980 film, based on LaMotta’s 1970 memoir and directed by Martin Scorsese, earned Robert De Niro a Best Actor award at the Oscars.
Jake LaMotta was born in 1922 to Italian parents in the Bronx area of New York City. He took up boxing after being rejected by the US military due to a medical condition. His stamina in the ring, which he honed during a prison sentence, earned him the nickname “The Bronx Bull”. Jake first attracted national attention two years after landing on the professional boxing circuit, when he handed Sugar Ray Robinson his first ever defeat in 1943.
His rough style, and strong chin, made him one of the most famous fighters in boxing during the 1940s and 50s at a time when boxing was one of the nation’s most popular sports. According to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Jake LaMotts’s career record was 83 wins, 19 losses, 4 draws, and 30 knockouts.
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