History | Jul 10 2019

On This Day: Jake LaMotta was born

James Slater pays tribute to Jake LaMotta the 'Bronx Bull'
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BOXING legend and former middleweight king Jake LaMotta was born on July 10, 1922. Hardened on the mean streets of The Bronx in New York, “The Raging Bull”, who retired from the ring with an astonishing 83-19-4(30) record in April of 1954, outlived his famous ring rivals by a considerable amount of time by the time he passed away aged 95 on September 19, 2017.

The sublime Sugar Ray Robinson had been gone for a quarter of a century, Frenchman Laurent Dauthuille, against whom Jake scored that flabbergasting, come-from-behind, last 13-seconds of the 15th-round KO, passed away back in 1971. Tony Janiro, the good looking kid Jake busted up (as immortalised in the classic movie starring Robert De Niro – “well, he ain’t good looking any more”) left us in 1985. And the list goes on.

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