RARE Jake LaMotta "The Raging Bull" former World middleweight champion 1949-1951 and Hall Of Famer SIGNED bank cheque whilst president of Jake La Motta Skybrite Inc. The cheque is made out to Jerry Sanders for the sum of $76.18, dated 25th February 1957.
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Sugar Ray Robinson vs Jake LaMotta - St Valentines Day Massacre
Jake La Motta was born in New York City. 10th July 1921. A boyhood buddy of Rocky Graziano, La Motta served time in reform school, was in trouble with the law again after his boxing career, but went onto become a popular personality like Graziano. La Motta was the first fighter to defeat Sugar Ray Robinson (who went on to beat La Motta 5 times).
He beat ex-champ Fritzie Zivic 3 times, and scored wins over contenders Tony Janiro, Jose Basora, Tommy Bell and even defeated heavyweights Bob Satterfield and Holman Williams.
La Motta lost a 1947 fight to mob-controlled Billy Fox. He was suspended and fined and later he admitted he threw the fight in order to secure a title shot. On June 16th 1949 he scored a TKO over Marcell Cerdan in 10 rounds and won the World middle weight crown. Trailing on the score-cards, he scored a dramatic 15 round KO to save his title in a 1950 defence against Laurent Dauthuille.
On February 14th 1951 he lost his title in 13 rounds in Chicago to Sugar Ray Robinson. The film of his life story, “Raging Bull”, starred Robert DeNiro.