Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” has died at the age of 95. His fiancee, Denise Baker, says LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia.
The Bronx Bull, as he was known in his fighting days, compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts. LaMotta fought Sugar Ray Robinson six times, handing Robinson his first defeat. He lost the middleweight title to him in what became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Middleweight champion Jake LaMotta, right, faces challenger and world welterweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson at the weigh-in for their World Middleweight Championship title bout at Chicago Stadium, Ill., Feb. 14, 1951. LaMotta weighed in at the limit, 160 pounds, and Robinson scaled 155 1/2.
Jake LaMotta, right, bends over and yelps after taking a stinging right from defending champion Sugar Ray Robinson in the third round of their Middleweight Championship fight at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Feb. 14, 1951.
Jake LaMotta, left, and challenger Sugar Ray Robinson exchange lefts to the face in first round of their middleweight championship bout at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 14, 1951. Robinson wrested the crown from LaMotta with a technical knockout in the 13th round.
World Middleweight Champion Jake LaMotta holds his three-year-old son Jackie, while watching his wife Vicky practicing her crocheting skills in preparation for the upcoming "Mrs. New York City" contest, on August 31, 1950 in New York City.
Eddie Eagan, center, chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, studies a contract with middleweight boxing champion, Jake LaMotta, right, of the Bronx, and former middleweight king, Marcel Cerdan in New York City on September 15, 1949.
Challenger Laurent Dauthuille, left, of France, slumps on the ropes as he goes down in a knockout blow from Jake LaMotta in the fifteenth round of their middleweight title fight in Detroit, Mich., Sept. 13, 1950.
In this June 16, 1949, file photo, Jake LaMotta, left, pounds Marcel Cerdan in third round of a world middleweight title bout in Detroit, Mich. LaMotta won the title by a knockout in the tenth round.
This June 16, 1949, file photo, shows Jake LaMotta, right, fighting Marcel Cerdan in Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Mich. LaMotta knocked out Cerdan in the tenth round to become the new world middleweight champion.
In this Feb. 23, 1945, file photo, Jake LaMotta, left, and Ray Robinson fight at Madison Square Garden in New York. Robinson won the fight on a decision.
In this June 18, 1949, file photo, newly crowned World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta, accompanied by his wife Vicky, arrives at Grand Central Terminal in New York after defeating Marcel Cerdan in Detroit on June 16.
In this June 18, 1849, file photo, a crowd gathers in front of Jake LaMotta's home in the Bronx, welcoming him home from Detroit, Mich., where he won the middleweight boxing championship against Marcel Cerdan.
Boxer and author Jake LaMotta, left, fakes a punch to "Raging Bull" filmmaker Martin Scorsese's gut for photographters before watching a 25th anniversary screening of the movie Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005 in New York.
In this Jan. 27, 2005, file photo, Robert DeNiro, left, and boxer Jake LaMotta stand for photographers before watching a 25th anniversary screening of the movie "Raging Bull" in New York.
In this April 13, 2005, file photo, Jake LaMotta and his fiance Denise arrive for the world premier of the critically acclaimed boxing drama "Ring Of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story" at the Beekman Theater in New York.
n this Sept. 15, 2015, file photo, Jake LaMotta watches batting practice before a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees, in St. Petersburg, Fla.