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Jake LaMotta
Global ID9030
sexmale
birthdate 1921-07-10
divisionmiddleweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 8″   /   173cm
reach67″   /   170cm
aliasBronx Bull
country USA
residenceBronx, New York, USA
birth placeBronx, New York, USA
birth nameGiacobbe LaMotta
won 83 (KO 30) + lost 19 (KO 4) + drawn 4 = 106
rounds boxed 869 KO% 28.3
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1954-04-14Billy Kilgore29-16-4
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USALSD1010
referee: Petey Sarron 95-97 | judge: Carl Gardner 98-93 | judge: Gus Jacobson 94-98
1954-04-03Al McCoy45-25-6
Armory, Charlotte, North Carolina, USAWKO110
time: 1:10
1954-03-11Johnny Pretzie10-12-1
Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, USAWTKO410
time: 1:42 | referee: Tony Cancela
1952-12-31Danny Nardico43-8-4
Coliseum, Coral Gables, Florida, USALRTD710
referee: Bill Regan
LaMotta was knocked down in the 7th by a right hand. LaMotta's corner stopped the bout between the 7th and 8th rounds.
1952-06-11Bob Murphy64-6-1
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD1010
referee: Lou Handler 51-49 | judge: Andrew Brown 51-49 | judge: Johnny Weber 55-45
Attendance: 16,000
1952-05-21Gene Hairston44-10-5
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD1010
referee: Clarence Rosen 53-47 | judge: Jack Aspery 55-45 | judge: Joe Lenahan 52-48
1952-04-09Norman Hayes23-9-1
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD1010
referee: Tom Briscoe 55-45 | judge: Joe Lenahan 54-46 | judge: Jack Aspery 51-49
1952-03-05Gene Hairston44-10-4
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USADPTS1010
referee: Morris Sherman 48-54 | judge: Al Goodman 50-50 | judge: Bill Appleton 50-50
1952-01-28Norman Hayes22-7-1
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USALSD1010
referee: Mel Manning 98-99 | judge: John Norton 97-98 | judge: Joe Ricciotti 97-95
1951-06-27Bob Murphy58-5-1
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USALRTD710
referee: Ray Miller
LaMotta was unable to come out for the 8th round.
1951-02-14Sugar Ray Robinson120-1-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALTKO1315
time: 2:04 | referee: Frank Sikora | judge: Franklin Spike McAdams | judge: Ed Klein | judge: Frank Sikora
World Middleweight Title
1950-09-13Laurent Dauthuille35-8-3
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO1515
time: 2:47 | referee: Lou Handler
World Middleweight title
Scoring at time of knockout: 72-68, 74-66, 71-69 Dauthuille
1950 Fight of the Year - Ring Magazine "All Dauthuille required when he bell sounded for the final round was to play safe, and had he boxed he would have come through triumphantly." It was a good fight for the first eleven rounds, but full of drama and excitement in the last four. The full account of the fight is in The Ring, November 1950, page 8-9, 50.

1950-07-12Tiberio Mitri48-1-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Mark Conn 12-3 | judge: Joe Agnello 9-6 | judge: Bert Grant 8-7
NYSAC World middleweight title
1950-05-04Joe Taylor31-10-2
State Fair Coliseum, Syracuse, New York, USAWUD1010
6-3 | 6-3 | 6-4
Taylor was down in the 10th
1950-03-28Chuck Hunter41-15-1
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWTKO610
time: 0:59 | referee: Jackie Davis
Hunter was down for a five count in the 6th. Attendance: 8,181
1950-02-03Dick Wagner29-13-5
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO910
time: 2:40 | referee: Clarence Rosen
Wagner tired himself out in an all-out attempt to stop LaMotta in round four. After that he took a bad beating, but fought back gamely. "11,400 fans, who paid a gross of $25,902.52, stood up and gave both lads a great hand for an excellent slugging bee." (The Ring, May 1950, page 59.
1949-12-09Robert Villemain37-3-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Ruby Goldstein 3-5 | judge: Young Otto 3-7 | judge: Joe Agnello 3-7
1949-06-16Marcel Cerdan111-3-0
Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWRTD915
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
1949-05-18Joey DeJohn60-3-2
State Fair Coliseum, Syracuse, New York, USAWTKO810
time: 2:41 | referee: Babe Risko 3-3 | judge: Jack Kimball 1-3 | judge: Richie Fazio 3-4
DeJohn was knocked down three times in the 8th, forcing an automatic stoppage.
1949-04-18O'Neill Bell22-12-5
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO410
Bell did not give LaMotta any serious problems. It was Jake's 15th fight in Detroit.
1949-03-25Robert Villemain33-1-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1212
referee: Harry Ebbets | judge: Harold Barnes | judge: Charley Shortell
Scoring: 6-4-2, 6-5-1, 4-7-1. Decision was controversial and booed, as most fans felt Villemain won. The Commission held a meeting to discuss the result, according to chairman Eddie Eagan, without proof of dishonesty the result would not be changed.
1949-02-21Laurent Dauthuille28-7-3
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLUD1010
Official scoring: 7-3, 6-3-1, and 6-3-1, all in favor of Dauthuille.
1948-12-03Tommy Yarosz69-4-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Harry Ebbets 5-4 | judge: Jack Gordon 5-4 | judge: Jack O'Sullivan 7-3
"Apparently influenced more by his threatening gestures and sporadic rallies than by the steady point-collecting jabs, hooks, uppercuts and straight rights of his opponent, the officials voted a unanimous decision to Jake LaMotta..over Tommy Yarosz." (The Ring, February 1949, page 43.)
1948-10-18Vern Lester24-21-14
Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWSD1010
Scoring: 6-4, 6-4, 4-5-1
1948-10-01Johnny Colan61-18-1
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWTKO1010
time: 1:32 | referee: Ruby Goldstein
1948-09-07Burl Charity25-9-3
Park Arena, Bronx, New York, USAWTKO510
referee: Eddie Joseph
Bout stopped because of a bad cut over Charity's left eye, as well as a split lip. Main event of the opening card of the 1948/49 (final) season at Park Arena.
1948-06-01Ken Stribling21-9-1
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWTKO510
time: 2:46 | referee: Ray Bowen
1947-11-14Billy Fox42-1-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALTKO410
referee: Frank Fullam
LaMotta would later admit to having thrown this fight in order to get a shot at the middleweight title
1947-09-03Cecil Hudson57-21-4
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USALSD1010
referee: Tommy Gilmore
1947-06-06Tony Janiro57-3-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Ruby Goldstein 8-1 | judge: Frank Forbes 7-3 | judge: George LeCron 8-2
1947-03-14Tommy Bell39-11-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
Scoring: 7-2-1, 7-2-1, 5-5 (6-5). A left hook to the jaw knocked Bell down in the 1st, for a count of seven.
1946-12-06Anton Raadik14-3-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
1946-10-25O'Neill Bell16-4-3
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO210
Poster
1946-09-12Bob Satterfield13-2-1
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO710
time: 1:50 | referee: Davy Miller
1946-08-07Holman Williams140-22-10
University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD1010
1946-06-13Jimmy Edgar28-2-0
University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USADPTS1010
referee: Sam Hennessey | judge: Joe Lenahan | judge: Frank Fisher
Hennessey scored it 50-50 on points; Fisher favored Edgar 52-48; and Lenahan picked LaMotta 53-47. It was an intense battle held in 52 F weather. Nearly everyone at ringside thought that LaMotta had won and a scoring error was suspected, but a recount failed to locate a mistake. The Detroit News had LaMotta winning seven rounds to three. "It was the sort of fight that invites scoring differences. There were no knockdowns, no developments that could be cited as conclusive evidence that one man or the other was entitled to preference. It was simply a bruising brawl in the pattern of the two previous engagements between the same contestants."
1946-05-24Joe Reddick39-23-3
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
1946-03-29Marcus Lockman31-8-3
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
referee: Tommy Rawson | judge: Tom Kirby | judge: Jim Shaughnessy
1946-01-11Tommy Bell33-8-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Jack Watson 7-3 | judge: Arthur Schwartz 8-2 | judge: Jimmy Hagan 8-2
1945-12-07Charley Parham34-12-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO610
time: 0:59
"Lamotta floored his opponent in every round..." (United Press)
1945-11-23Walter Woods66-6-2
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO810
time: 1:33 | referee: Johnny Martin | judge: Tom McNeeley Sr. | judge: Joe Blumsack
1945-11-13Coolidge Miller27-30-14
Park Arena, Bronx, New York, USAWKO310
time: 2:51
1945-09-26Sugar Ray Robinson56-1-1
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USALSD1212
referee: Johnny Behr 59-61 | judge: Arthur Oberg 63-57 | judge: Frank Clark 59-61
Attendance: 14,755; Gate: $74,434. Robinson's best round was the sixth. LaMotta rallied furiously in the 9th, 10th, and 11th rounds. "The fight followed the usual pattern (of the previous four fights between the two), Robinson flashing style in the early heats, then coasting when he could. Jake set out in pursuit at the opening bell and bored in with bulldog tenacity throughout." The decision was disputed. Afterward, Robinson said "This was the toughest fight I've ever had with LaMotta."
1945-09-17George Kochan34-7-10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO910
time: 0:54 | referee: Harry Ebbets
Attendance: 5,972; Gate: $14,679
Kochan was knocked down by a left hook; the referee stopped at after he rose unsteady.

1945-08-10Jose Basora54-9-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO910
referee: Johnny Burns
Attendance: 14,907; Gate: $40,238
1945-07-06Tommy Bell31-6-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Ruby Goldstein 6-4 | judge: Charlie Rosen 8-2 | judge: Joe Agnello 7-3
1945-04-27Bert Lytell18-4-2
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWSD1010
referee: Tommy Rawson | judge: James Carrig | judge: Eddie Curley
1945-04-20Vic Dellicurti38-24-9
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Eddie Joseph 8-2 | judge: Frank Forbes 6-3 | judge: Izzy Cohn 6-3
1945-03-26George Costner35-6-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO610
referee: Walter Brightmore
Costner started fast and would have won the first round but for a no-count knockdown. LaMotta took charge in the second. Costner changed his tactics in the third round and fled before LaMotta's advances, landing left jabs and brief flurries, but not able to evade Jake's body attack. George started to tire in round four. LaMotta let up in the fifth, but mounted a murderous attack in the sixth. Costner became an easy target and was dropped for a nine-count midway of the round. His left eye was closed and he was trying to quit when he arose, but LaMotta knocked him down again before the referee could stop him. Costner was counted out. Attendance was 11,115 and the gross receipts were $45,485.
1945-03-19Lou Schwartz24-18-4
U.S.O. Auditorium, Norfolk, Virginia, USAWKO110
1945-02-23Sugar Ray Robinson53-1-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Eddie Joseph 4-6 | judge: Bill Healy 3-6 | judge: Jack Gordon 1-7
1944-11-03George Kochan26-5-10
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO910
This bout was on the same card with Joe Louis knocking out Johnny Denson in the second round of an exhibition fight.
1944-09-29George Kochan26-4-10
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1944-04-21Lloyd Marshall46-10-3
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USALUD1010
referee: Jackie Davis
1944-03-31Lou Woods20-2-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWSD1010
Woods was down in rounds 8 and 9, but "LaMotta had all he could do to eke out a split-decision verdict" according to Gene Engel (The Ring, June 1944, page 53).
1944-03-17Coley Welch66-7-2
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
1944-02-25Ossie Harris20-20-5
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWSD1010
referee: Sam Hennessey 8-1 | judge: Elmer Slim McClelland 8-2 | judge: Dad Butler 1-3
1944-01-28Ossie Harris20-19-5
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWSD1010
referee: Elmer Slim McClelland | judge: Joe Lenahan | judge: Sam Hennessey
Scoring: 6-4, 5-2-3, 3-4-3. Hennessey scored for Harris. A hard fought bout, some fans felt Harris deserved the decision.
1944-01-14Fritzie Zivic133-40-6
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD1010
referee: Sam Hennessey
Scoring: 6-3-1, 8-2, 8-2. Zivic was hurt in the 7th and 8th. LaMotta lost the 2nd and 4th rounds on low blows. Zivic damaged his left hand in the first round, but declined to use it as an excuse for his defeat. It was an exciting fight with lots of action. There were no knockdowns but both fighters were shaken up several times. LaMotta's best rounds were the 6th and the 10th.
1943-11-12Fritzie Zivic132-38-6
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1010
referee: Eddie Joseph 6-4 | judge: Marty Monroe 6-4 | judge: Jack Goodman 3-7
1943-10-11Johnny Walker13-5-0
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO210
1943-09-17Jose Basora45-7-3
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD1010
1943-07-12Fritzie Zivic128-36-6
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALSD1515
referee: Ernie Sesto | judge: Buck McTiernan | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams
1943-06-10Fritzie Zivic128-35-6
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWSD1010
referee: Al Grayber 6-4 | judge: Kid Stinger 6-2 | judge: George Martzo 3-6
1943-05-12Tony Ferrara22-33-5
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO610
1943-03-30Ossie Harris17-12-2
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
referee: Al Grayber
1943-03-19Jimmy Reeves23-8-0
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO610
It was a close fight for five rounds, a fierce struggle that kept the fans in an uproar. Reeves kept inside LaMotta's swings and jarred Jake with right and left uppercuts to the head. But he slugged it out with LaMotta in round four, a hint that he was tiring and becoming desperate. In the sixth, Reeves was floored for a one-count by a left to the head, but didn't seem unduly hurt when he arose. Then LaMotta unloaded a left to the chin and Reeves went down on his face. He tried to get up but was still on the floor, blinking his eyes and shaking his head, when the referee counted ten.
1943-02-26Sugar Ray Robinson41-1-0
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USALUD1010
referee: Sam Hennessey | judge: Frank Fisher | judge: Joe Lenahan
Referee Hennessey had Robinson winning 51-49 points (5-3-2 in rounds); Fisher gave it to Robinson 53-47 (6-2-2 in rounds); Lenahan scored it for Robinson 56-44 (8-1-1 in rounds). Robinson was floored for a nine-count in round seven and said later "He really hurt me with a left in the seventh round. I was a little dazed and decided to stay on the deck.." Robinson's best round was the fourth in which he hurt LaMotta. It was a polished performance for Robinson, who outboxed LaMotta most of the way with a dazzling left jab and jarring uppercuts..
1943-02-05Sugar Ray Robinson40-0-0
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD1010
referee: Sam Hennessey 52-47 | judge: Michael H. Butler 57-49 | judge: Joe Lenahan 55-45
Robinson was knocked down through the ropes in the eighth, being saved by the bell at the count of nine, after taking a right to the head and a left to the body. Referee Hennessey gave LaMotta five rounds including the last four. He gave Robinson four and called one even. Two other judges gave the same scores. The much heavier LaMotta charged Robinson at every opportunity with bull-like rushes. Robinson tried to outbox his shorter opponent but had a lot of trouble keeping him at bay.
1943-01-22Charley Hayes11-0-0
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO610
Hayes was floored four an eight-count in the second round. After that he held LaMotta off until the sixth. In the sixth, Hayes was floored with a left to the body and the referee stopped the fight in with just three seconds remaining in the round. Hayes's manager, Lee Jones, claimed a foul, but an examination failed to turn up evidence of a low blow.
1943-01-15California Jackie Wilson47-3-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
1943-01-01Jimmy Edgar20-1-0
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWSD1010
referee: Sam Hennessey | judge: Frank Neville | judge: Joe Lenahan
Edgar's boxing style was similar to that of Joe Louis; "both of them seek fistic success by standing flat-footed and raking their opponents with hard counter-punches..Neither bothers much with clever footwork. They are offensive fighters who depend upon power for their victories." LaMotta prefers to put his head down, tuck his chin in and charge into his opponents..He threw Edgar off balance and took the sting out of his punches. Edgar didn't have the footwork to get away from him; he had to stand his ground and punch with Jake, and that was what LaMotta wanted." There were no knockdowns but Edgar was hurt in round four and tired in the last three rounds. Even so, judge Frank Neville voted for him, but Referee Sam Hennessey and Judge Joe Lenahan scored it for LaMotta.
1942-11-06Henry Chmielewski25-10-0
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
1942-10-20Bill McDowell127-71-23
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO58
1942-10-02Sugar Ray Robinson35-0-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Frank Fullam | judge: Joe Agnello | judge: Bill Healy
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