He died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia, his wife Denise confirmed early Wednesday morning. In a career spanning 1941 to 1954, LaMotta racked up a record of 83 victories, 30 of them knockouts, against 19 defeats, according to BoxRec, which keeps boxing statistics.
"The three toughest fighters I've ever been up against were Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Robinson", LaMotta said.
The boxer honed his skills during his teenage years and by 19 he went professional, becoming the first man to beat Sugar Ray Robinson. He was 95 years old.
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Later in life, LaMotta was active as a speaker, on autograph tours and also appeared in a stage production focused on his boxing career that received cold reviews from the media. Actor Robert DeNiro won an Academy Award for it.
Born Giacobbe LaMotta on July 10, 1921, his was a hardscrabble upbringing in a Bronx tenement. He said he was promised a shot at the title for doing so.
LaMotta's first defence was supposed to be a rematch with Cerdan, but the Frenchman was killed when a plane en route to the United States crashed in the Azores in 1949.
But it was the movie that unflinchingly portrayed him as a violent and abusive husband - he was married six times - that is remembered even more.
His two sons died within a seven-month span in 1998.
On Nov. 14, 1947, LaMotta was knocked out in four rounds by Billy Fox. His daughter Christi LaMotta announced the death on her personal Facebook page but did not disclose the cause of death.
TMZ claims LaMotta was put on a feeding tube, which was not accepted by the boxer, who kept pulling it out.
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