4. Jake La Motta

Years active: 1941-1954

Fight Record: 83-19-4, 30 KO

Championships: middleweight

Jake La Motta AKA “Bronx Bull” was a masterful inside fighter with a granite chin. Between 1942-48 he regularly topped the world rankings and beat the most fearsome African American contenders earning him the sobriquet of “uncrowned middleweight champion,” but boxing politics and mob influence delayed his title shot. He handed Sugar Ray Robinson his first professional loss. La Motta won the title in 1949 defending it twice. His title bout with Laurent Dauthuille was voted 1950 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year when La Motta, trailing on all the judge’s scorecards, spectacularly halted the Frenchman with just thirteen seconds to go.

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