Boxing world has suffered a huge loss today in the form of the death of boxing legend Jake LaMotta. One of the most admired boxers of all times, Jake LaMotta passed away Tuesday at the age of 95.
Jake LaMotta, known in the boxing world as raging bull was suffering from several health related problems for the last several weeks
Robert De Niro, who played the role of the boxing legend in the movie “Raging Bull” released a statement expressing his shock at his death and the his admiration for the great boxer.
LaMotta was a feared fighter who invariably always punished his opponents, beating them into submission. Though he was not a big or very powerful puncher, nonetheless he was rough and unconventional and with the use of constant stalking, brawling and inside fighting, he developed the reputation for being a ‘bully’.
Boxing experts believe that he had an uncanny ability to absorb powerful punches of his opponents and then respond to them in kind. LaMotta was able to absorb incredible amounts of punishment over the course of his career, and is thought to have one of the greatest chins in boxing history. LaMotta’s six fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson is one of the most notable in the sport, with LaMotta winning just one of the bouts. Although each one was close, LaMotta dropped Robinson multiple times.
Meanwhile Jake’s wife was quoted by the TMZ as saying that Jake died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia. TMZ also quoted another family member as saying that the boxer’s condition deteriorated in the last few weeks. He was put on a feeding tube, which he kept pulling out. His condition worsened considerably in the last few days and a decision was made to withdraw the tube.
LaMotta has four daughters, including Christi by his second wife Vikki LaMotta and Stephanie by his fourth wife Dimitria. He married a seventh wife, his longtime fiancée Denise Baker, on January 4, 2013. In February 1998, LaMotta’s elder son, Jake LaMotta, Jr., died of liver cancer. In September 1998, his younger son, Joseph LaMotta, died in the crash of Swissair Flight 111.