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Post by 88Chris05 on Wed 20 Sep 2017, 12:57 pm

So, one of the most talked and written about boxers in history, immortalised in 1980's Oscar-winning 'Raging Bull', Jake La Motta, has passed away aged ninety-five.

A grand old age considering the hellish punishment he took in his gruelling career. Let's have some thoughts, tributes, discussion etc. for the former Middleweight champion who, of course, made his own little piece of boxing history in 1943 when he became the first man ever to beat the consensus greatest of them all, his arch-rival Sugar Ray Robinson.

Rest in Peace, Jake.


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Post by LionsV2 on Wed 20 Sep 2017, 1:00 pm

It's near on impossible to discuss Robinson without mentioning the six fight series he had with LaMotta, one of the toughest SOB's the sport has ever seen.

RIP Raging Bull.

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Post by Herman Jaeger on Wed 20 Sep 2017, 1:21 pm

Was just watching this video again last week. RIP and what a movie Raging Bull

https://youtu.be/AdfBzGDZ0Qc

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Post by horizontalhero on Wed 20 Sep 2017, 2:12 pm

Time tends to soften attitudes, and I imagine that in most tributes Jake will be remembered affectionately, but to be honest I found him hard to warm too-a short tempered bully, with an over-inflated opinion of his abilities and record- I recall an interview with in which he made an number of derogatory comments are ODHL, a boxer of considerably more talent in my humble opinion . And whilst his series of fights with Robbo were indeed legendary, lets not forget that his record in those fights was 1-5, his single win coming when he outweighed Robbo by over a stone. Yes he was gritty, tough and exciting, but fairly low down the ATG middleweight list for me.

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Post by kingraf on Wed 20 Sep 2017, 4:59 pm

How the hell did this guy make it to 96?? He was pretty sentient and lucid deep into his years too.
Rest in Peace to the Bull
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Post by Herman Jaeger on Wed 20 Sep 2017, 5:27 pm

Frank Vincent who played Salvy in Raging Bull passed away just last week too last Wednesday

https://youtu.be/cwYj9gQoaug

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Post by ShahenshahG on Wed 20 Sep 2017, 5:33 pm

RIP Jake

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Post by DuransHorse on Wed 20 Sep 2017, 5:49 pm

Only just seen this. His life was made into perhaps my favourite film next to Shawshank and his fights against SRR made him a massive part of boxing history. How he lived so long after being so face first in the ring, bloating up and smoking fat cigars is a mystery. RIP.

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Post by milkyboy on Thu 21 Sep 2017, 12:48 pm

Undoubtedly a guy whose legend surpassed his ring exploits, due to the Robinson link and his outgoing personality helping from a self publicising point of view. Like many i often wondered how guys can take shots like him and not be punch drunk. Chuvalo another one. Maybe some guys with great chins are immune to the effects.

He was one tough mofo though and his ring exploits deserve respect.

His reign was short but colourful. I stand to be corrected but believe he threw a fight for the mob in exchange for lining up a shot at cerdan... a fight he won when cerdan retired through injury. The schedule return didn't happen when cerdan died in a plane crash.

He had a Chavez tayloresque come from behind win against some French guy whose name escapes me and then got battered from pillar to post by Robbo on st Valentine's Day.

He didn't do it dull.

Rip jake.

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Post by DuransHorse on Thu 21 Sep 2017, 2:58 pm

The famouse fight he's throwing is against a guy called Billy Fox, Milky. Terrific scene though as he's tormented and embarrassed to act hurt by the guy and begging him to make it look real as the punches reign in.

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Post by BoxingFan88 on Thu 21 Sep 2017, 3:59 pm

RIP

One tough man

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Post by Atila on Thu 21 Sep 2017, 9:56 pm

RIP Jake.

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Post by hazharrison on Fri 22 Sep 2017, 7:48 am

milkyboy wrote:Undoubtedly a guy whose legend surpassed his ring exploits, due to the Robinson link and his outgoing personality helping from a self publicising point of view. Like many i often wondered how guys can take shots like him and not be punch drunk. Chuvalo another one. Maybe some guys with great chins are immune to the effects.

He was one tough mofo though and his ring exploits deserve respect.

His reign was short but colourful. I stand to be corrected but believe he threw a fight for the mob in exchange for lining up a shot at cerdan... a fight he won when cerdan retired through injury. The schedule return didn't happen when cerdan died in a plane crash.

He had a Chavez tayloresque come from behind win against some French guy whose name escapes me and then got battered from pillar to post by Robbo on st Valentine's Day.

He didn't do it dull.

Rip jake.

Laurent Dauthuille was the French guy. Got him at 2:47 of round 15!

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Post by hazharrison on Sun 24 Sep 2017, 3:13 pm

Good tribute here: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/opinion/raging-bull-jake-lamotta.html

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