Jake LaMotta former middleweight World champion SIGNED unique original canvas painting by Sue Berger, measuring 26" x 20".
This canvas has been signed twice by LaMotta the first signature is in silver and black sharpie which was signed with aging difficulties of the 92 year old former champ he showed his fighting spirit and determination by signing it again in black sharpie on a white background. This really does make this an interesting one off piece.
Sue Berger started her working life in the art department at Woburn Studios in Manchester. After being spotted by photographer Harry Goodwin, she diverted her main career to modelling, retiring after winning the Miss Great Britain title in 1980. Her passions are art and sailing, although they are not practically compatible. Currently, she is developing her studio in midi-pyrennees, France.
Recent commissions include murals, portraits, recreation of a Hungarian masterpiece, and even a fluorescent cartoon of larger than life proportions.
Sue is the daughter of an artist mother and boxer father Jimmy Carroll who fought Don Cockell on 6 occasions.
Jake LaMotta - Highlights
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.