Jake LaMotta

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Class of 1990
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Jake LaMotta
Alias: Bronx Bull
Birth Name: Giacobbe LaMotta
Born: 1921-07-10
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA
Hometown: Bronx, New York, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 8″   /   173cm
Reach: 67″   /   170cm
Boxing Record: click

Division: Middleweight
Trainer: Al Silvani
Managers: Mike Capriano, Joey LaMotta
Jake LaMotta Gallery

  • Defeated Sugar Ray Robinson by a ten-round unanimous decision on February 5, 1943. It was Robinson's first loss after 40 professional victories. LaMotta and Robinson fought six times, with Robinson winning five and LaMotta winning one. LaMotta later said, "I fought Sugar Ray so often, I almost got diabetes."
  • Was stopped in four rounds by Billy Fox on November 14, 1947. Suspecting the fight was fixed, the New York State Athletic Commission withheld the fighters' purses and launched an investigation. LaMotta's doctor told the commission that LaMotta was suffering from an injured spleen, and LaMotta said that a punch by Fox to the injured side hurt him and led to the stoppage. After the commission found no evidence of a fix, the purses were released. However, LaMotta was suspended for entering the fight without disclosing the injury. In 1960, LaMotta was called to testify before a U.S. Senate subcommittee that was looking at underworld influence on boxing. He testified that he had thrown the fight with Fox so that the mob would arrange a title bout for him.
  • Fought Marcel Cerdan for the World Middleweight Championship on June 16, 1949. Cerdan injured his left shoulder when LaMotta threw him to the canvas in the first round. He made little use of his left hand and took a bad beating before retiring in his corner after the tenth round. Cerdan died in a plane crash on October 27, 1949. He on his way back to the United States for a rematch with LaMotta.
  • Was scheduled to make his first title defense against Rocky Graziano on June 28, 1950, but the fight was canceled after Graziano fractured his left hand.
  • Made his first title defense against Tiberio Mitri on July 12, 1950 and won by a fifteen-round unanimous decision.
  • Defended the title against Laurent Dauthuille on September 13, 1950. Behind on points, LaMotta knocked out Dauthuille with just thirteen seconds left in the fifteenth and final round.
  • Lost the title to Sugar Ray Robinson by a thirteenth-round TKO on February 14, 1951. LaMotta took a beating in the later rounds, but he never went down. The fight became known as "The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre."
  • In 1955, LaMotta opened a nightclub called "Jake LaMotta's" in Miami Beach, Florida. He was arrested in 1957 after a fourteen-year-old girl who was arrested on a prostitution charge told police that she plied her trade at LaMotta's club. He was convicted on two counts of promoting prostitution and served six months in prison.
  • Played a bartender in the 1961 Paul Newman movie The Hustler and appeared on several episodes of the TV series Car 54, Where Are You? in 1962 and 1963.
  • LaMotta's autobiography, Raging Bull: My Story, was published in 1970. It was made into a movie in 1980. Raging Bull was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Robert De Niro, who played LaMotta, won for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
  • Both of LaMotta's sons died in 1998. Jake LaMotta Jr. died from liver cancer in February, and Joseph LaMotta died in a plane crash in September.
  • Joey LaMotta, Jake's younger brother, was his manager. He also boxed professionally, compiling a record of 32-5-2.
  • The Ring named LaMotta the fifth greatest middleweight of all-time in 2004.
  • Official Site


Preceded by:
Marcel Cerdan
World Middleweight Champion
1949 Jun 16 – 1951 Feb 14
Succeeded by:
Sugar Ray Robinson