Story

A Champion Was Born

July 10, 1922

A Champion Was Born

Jake LaMotta is born in the summer of 1922 on the lower east side of Manhattan. Raised by his Italian family, LaMotta is forced by his father to fight other children in his neighborhood to earn change to help pay the rent.

Going Pro

March 31, 1941

Going Pro

At the age of 19, LaMotta officially becomes a professional boxer after being rejected by the military due to an ear injury.

LaMotta vs. Sugar Ray Robinson

October 2, 1942

LaMotta vs. Sugar Ray Robinson

LaMotta fought Sugar Ray Robinson at Madison Square Garden, and despite knocking Robinson down in the first round, LaMotta loses a close 10 round bout.

The Rematch That Made History

February 5, 1943

The Rematch That Made History

LaMotta and Robinson take to the ring once again, this time at Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. LaMotta famously knocks Robinson out of the ring and hands Robinson his first loss of his career.

The Great Loss

February 26, 1943

The Great Loss

After their third fight, Robinson admitted that LaMotta left him “dazed” after knocking him down in the seventh round. However, LaMotta still lost the match.

LaMotta Vs. Robinson V

September 26, 1945

LaMotta Vs. Robinson V

With over 14,000 people watching, LaMotta and Robinson fought for the fifth time at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois. Robinson was deemed the winner after 12 rounds, but this decision was met with much controversy.

The Fix Is In

November 14, 1947

The Fix Is In

LaMotta loses a match against Billy Fox and is accused by the New York State Athletic Commission of throwing the fight. As a result, he is suspended and is forced to attend a hearing with the FBI. LaMotta later admitted to throwing the fight in order to gain favor with the Mafia.

Vikki LaMotta

1947

Vikki LaMotta

Married his second wife Beverly Thailer, also known as Vikki LaMotta.

World Middleweight Champion

June 16, 1949

World Middleweight Champion

Jake LaMotta earns the world title after beating the World Middleweight Champion Marcel Cerdan.

Defending His Title

July 7, 1950

Defending His Title

LaMotta defends his title against the Italian and European middleweight champion Tiberio Mitri at Madison Square Garden.

Fight Of The Year

September 13, 1950

Fight Of The Year

LaMotta retains his title once again after beating French boxer Laurent Dauthuille in fifteen close rounds. Ring Magazine coined this match "Fight of the Year".

The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

February 14, 1951

The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

Features LaMotta and Robinson for the sixth and final time. Near the end of the match, Robinson overtakes LaMotta with crushing blows. He wins by a technical knockout in the last round because he was unable to knock the Bronx Bull down.

A New Weight Class

June 27, 1951

A New Weight Class

LaMotta moves up to light heavyweight and loses his first fight to Bob Murphy. He later challenges him to a re-match and wins.

Knocked Down

December 31, 1952

Knocked Down

The Bronx Bull is knocked down for the very first time in his career (not including his match with Billy Fox) by American Danny Nardico.

The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

April 14, 1954

The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

LaMotta loses his last fight against Billy Kilgore.

LaMotta The Actor

1961

LaMotta The Actor

Jake LaMotta plays a bartender in the film The Hustler with Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason.

LaMotta The Actor

1970

LaMotta The Actor

LaMotta's autobiography Raging Bull: My Story is published. LaMotta also kick-starts his stand-up career.

International Boxing Hall Of Fame

1990

International Boxing Hall Of Fame

LaMotta is inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Over his entire career and 106 bouts, the famous boxer went 83-19-4 with 30 knockouts.

LaMotta Marries Denise Baker

January 4, 2013

LaMotta Marries Denise Baker

LaMotta marries for the seventh time to Denise Baker at the age of 90.