Jake LaMotta Photos
Giacobbe “Jake” LaMotta (July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017) was an American professional boxer, former World Middleweight Champion, and – believe it or not – stand-up comedian. Nicknamed ‘The Bronx Bull’ and, more famously, ‘The Raging Bull’, LaMotta was a fearsome fighter who was not a particularly gifted puncher. Nonetheless, he dished out vicious beatings in the ring with his stalking, brawling and inside fighting technique. Due to this style, LaMotta often took as much punishment as he dished out. But, LaMotta was able to absorb incredible amounts of punishment during fights and is said to have one of the greatest chins in boxing history.
World Champion Jake LaMotta Holding Middleweight Championship Belt – 1949. (proboxing-fans.com)
Jake LaMotta (right) punching Marcel Cerdan in Briggs Stadium, Detroit – June 16, 1949. (latimes.com)
World boxing champion Jake LaMotta with his three-year-old son Jackie and wife Vikki while getting ready for the ‘Mrs New York City’ contest – 1950. (theguardian.com)
Jake LaMotta (left) in his sixth and final fight versus Sugar Ray Robinson – February 14, 1951. Robinson won this fight via TKO and won five of the six fights overall. Jake later bragged to Sugar Ray, however, that he never once knocked LaMotta to the canvas during any of the fights. (boxing.com)
Rocky Graziano consoling Jake LaMotta in his dressing room after a tough loss to ‘Irish’ Bob Murphy – June 27, 1951 at Yankee Stadium, New York City. The pair fought as light heavyweights and the bout was stopped when LaMotta was unable to continue after the 7th round.
Jake LaMotta and his brother Joey (Giuseppe) at Gleason’s Gym, New York City – June 1950. (pinterest.com)