1950-09-13 Jake LaMotta w co 15 (15) Laurent Dauthuille, Olympia, Detroit, Michigan, USA - NY/NBA
1950-09-13 Jake LaMotta w co 15 (15) Laurent Dauthuille, Olympia, Detroit, Michigan, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Lou Handler. The NBA only gave their agreement to this fight on the grounds that if he won LaMotta had to meet Sugar Ray Robinson by the end of February 1951. In one of the most amazing finishes of all time, Dauthille (160), who was way out in front on all three scorecards, was knocked out by the champion with just 13 seconds left on the clock. The Frenchman had already beaten LaMotta on points over ten rounds early in 1949, and apart from the 12th, 13th and 15th he was the champion’s master. With LaMotta failing to crowd Dauthille, especially after cutting both of the Frenchman’s eyes, it was only when he kidded his rival into taking up the gauntlet in the last few sessions that he had any success. Just when it was certain that Dauthille was going to win, LaMotta, who blamed his earlier lack of aggression on an injury to his right hand, suddenly found a terrific left hook to the body. Then, after setting up a heavy-handed attack, another left hook put the Frenchman down and out.