Rest in Peace, Jake LaMotta – The world lost it’s oldest living boxing world champion this past September 19th when Jake LaMotta passed away.
Jake LaMotta was born on July 10th, 1922 in the Bronx, New York. Like many Italian-Americans, he gravitated towards boxing and he made his pro debut in February of 1941, months before the United States entered World War II. For more than a dozen years, LaMotta fought as a middleweight, amassing an overall record of 83-19-4 with 30 knockouts.
But the story on LaMotta goes beyond the numbers. Yes, he ascended to a pinnacle as the World Middleweight champion in his heyday. His six fight series with Sugar Ray Robinson is the stuff of legends and his battles with Marcel Cerdan, Fritzie Zivic and many of his era’s toughest fighters left him with an undying reputation as one of boxing all-time toughest fighters. What we have left of his fights are all in black and white but it bears remembering that LaMotta lived his life in full color.
Our editors put together a short video tribute in honor of the great Jake LaMotta, gone but not forgotten.
est in Peace, Jake LaMotta / Check out more boxing news and features at The Sweet Science, where the best boxing writers write.
Rocky Graziano (left) and Jake LaMotta were teenage chums. Both went on to capture the world middleweight title.