Jake LaMotta

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Jake LaMotta
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LaMotta in a postcard dated 1952
Statistics
Real nameGiacobbe LaMotta
Nickname(s)The Bronx Bull
The Raging Bull
Weight(s) Middleweight
Light heavyweight
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm) [1]
Reach67 in (170 cm) [1]
Nationality American
Born(1922-07-10)July 10, 1922
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 19, 2017(2017-09-19) (aged 95)
Aventura, Florida, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights106
Wins83
Wins by KO30
Losses19
Draws4
No contests0

Giacobbe "Jake" LaMotta (July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017) was an American professional boxer, world middleweight champion, and stand-up comedian. Nicknamed "The Bronx Bull" or "Raging Bull", LaMotta was a rough fighter who was not a particularly big puncher, but he would subject his opponents to vicious beatings in the ring. With use of constant stalking, brawling and inside fighting, he developed the reputation for being a "bully"; he was what is often referred to today as a swarmer and a slugger.

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Due to his hard style of fighting, LaMotta often got as much as he was given in an era of great middleweights. With a thick skull and jaw muscles, LaMotta was able to absorb incredible amounts of punishment over the course of his career, and is thought to have one of the greatest chins in boxing history. LaMotta's six-fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson was one of the most notable in the sport. Although each fight was close and LaMotta dropped Robinson to the canvas multiple times, LaMotta won only one of the bouts. LaMotta, who lived a turbulent life in and out of the ring, was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 film Raging Bull . He was managed by his brother Joey LaMotta.

Early life

LaMotta was born on the Lower East Side of New York City on July 10, 1922, to Italian parents. [2] [3] Many sources had reported his year of birth as 1921, [4] but his daughter Christi said in a Facebook post immediately following his death that it was in fact 1922. [4] His mother was born in the United States to Italian immigrants, while his father was an immigrant from Messina, Sicily, who came with family including his brother Joseph. The family lived briefly in Philadelphia before returning to New York and settling in the Bronx. [2]

Jake's father forced the boy to fight other boys in order to entertain neighborhood adults, who threw pocket change into the ring. LaMotta's father collected the money and used it to help pay the rent. [5] One of LaMotta’s much younger cousins on his father's side was Richard LaMotta, who became an entrepreneur and creator of the Chipwich ice cream treat. [6]

LaMotta learned to box while in a reformatory in upstate New York, where he'd been sent for attempted robbery. [2] Afterward he fought undefeated in amateur bouts, turning professional at age 19 in 1941. During World War II, he was rejected for military service; he had had a mastoid operation as a child on one of his ears and it affected his hearing. [2] [7]

Boxing career

As a middleweight in his first fifteen bouts, LaMotta went 14–0–1 (3 KOs) before losing a highly controversial split decision to Jimmy Reeves in Reeves' hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Chaos erupted after the decision was announced. Fights broke out around the ring and the crowd continued to boo for 20 minutes. The arena's organist tried (but failed) to calm down the crowd by playing the "Star Spangled Banner".

One month later, LaMotta and Reeves fought again in the same arena. LaMotta lost a much less controversial decision. A third match between the two took place on March 19, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. The first five rounds were close, though Reeves was struggling in the fourth. In the sixth round, LaMotta floored Reeves, who was only down for a second. Once the fight resumed, LaMotta landed a left on Reeves' chin, sending him down face-first. Reeves was blinking his eyes and shaking his head as the referee counted him out.

LaMotta vs. Robinson I–V

LaMotta fought Sugar Ray Robinson in Robinson's middleweight debut at Madison Square Garden, New York, October 2, 1942. [8] LaMotta knocked Robinson down in the first round of the fight. Robinson got up and took control over much of the fight, winning via a unanimous 10-round decision. [8]

A 10-round rematch took place February 5, 1943, at Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. [8] The eighth round was historic. LaMotta landed a right to Robinson's head and a left to his body, sending him through the ropes. Robinson was saved by the bell at the count of nine. LaMotta, who was already leading on the scorecards before knocking Robinson out of the ring, pummeled and outpointed him for the rest of the fight. Robinson had trouble keeping LaMotta at bay. [9] LaMotta won via unanimous decision, giving Robinson the first defeat of his career.

The victory was short-lived, as the two met on February 26, 1943, in what was another 10-round fight, once again at Olympia Stadium in Robinson's former home of Detroit. [8] Robinson was knocked down for a nine-count in Round 7. Robinson later stated, "He really hurt me with a left in the seventh round. I was a little dazed and decided to stay on the deck." Robinson won the close fight by unanimous decision, using a dazzling left jab and jarring uppercuts. [10] LaMotta said the fight was given to Robinson because he would be inducted into the army the next day. [11]

A fourth fight, the duo's final 10 rounder, took place nearly two years after the third, on February 23, 1945, at Madison Square Garden, New York. [12] Robinson won again by a unanimous decision.

LaMotta and Robinson had their fifth bout at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois on September 26, 1945. Robinson won by a very controversial split decision, contested over 12 rounds. [13] The decision was severely booed by the 14,755 people in attendance. LaMotta later said in his autobiography that the decision was widely criticized by several newspapers and boxing publishers. Robinson said afterward, "This was the toughest fight I've ever had with LaMotta." [14]

LaMotta vs. Fox

On November 14, 1947, LaMotta was knocked out in the fourth round by Billy Fox. Suspecting the fight was fixed, the New York State Athletic Commission withheld purses for the fight and suspended LaMotta. The fight with Fox would come back to haunt him later in life, during a case with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In his testimony and in his later book, LaMotta admitted to throwing the fight to gain favor with the Mafia. All involved agreed the fix was obvious and their staging inept.

As LaMotta wrote,

The first round, a couple of belts to his head, and I see a glassy look coming over his eyes. Jesus Christ, a couple of jabs and he's going to fall down? I began to panic a little. I was supposed to be throwing a fight to this guy, and it looked like I was going to end up holding him on his feet... By [the fourth round], if there was anybody in the Garden who didn't know what was happening, he must have been dead drunk. [15]

The thrown fight and a payment of $20,000 to the Mafia got LaMotta his title bout against World Middleweight Champion Marcel Cerdan. [16]

LaMotta vs. Cerdan

LaMotta won the World Middleweight title on June 16, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, defeating Frenchman Marcel Cerdan. [17] LaMotta won the first round (in which he knocked Cerdan down), Cerdan the second, and the third was even. At that point it became clear something was wrong. Cerdan dislocated his arm in the first round, apparently damaged in the knockdown, and gave up before the start of the 10th round. LaMotta damaged his left hand in the fifth round, but still landed 104 punches in the ninth round, whereas Cerdan hardly threw a punch. [18] The official score had LaMotta as winner by a knockout in 10 rounds because the bell had already rung to begin that round when Cerdan announced he was quitting. A rematch was arranged, but while Cerdan was flying back to the United States to fight the rematch, his Air France Lockheed Constellation crashed in the Azores, killing everyone on board. [19]

World Middleweight Champion

LaMotta made his first title defense against Tiberio Mitri on July 7, 1950, at Madison Square Garden, New York. LaMotta retained his title via unanimous decision. LaMotta's next defense came on September 13, 1950, against Laurent Dauthuille. Dauthuille had previously beaten LaMotta by decision before LaMotta became world champion. By the fifteenth round, Dauthuille was ahead on all scorecards (72–68, 74–66, 71–69) and seemed to be about to repeat a victory against LaMotta. LaMotta hit Dauthuille with a barrage of punches that sent him down against the ropes toward the end of the round. Dauthuille was counted out with 13 seconds left in the fight. [20] This fight was named Fight of the Year for 1950 by The Ring magazine.

Saint Valentine's Day Massacre of boxing

The sixth and final fight between LaMotta and Robinson took place at Chicago Stadium. This fight was scheduled for 15 rounds and was for the middleweight title. [8] Held on February 14, 1951, Saint Valentine's Day, the fight became known as boxing's version of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. In the last few rounds, LaMotta began to take a horrible beating and was soon unable to defend himself from Robinson's powerful blows. But LaMotta refused to go down. Robinson won by a technical knockout in the 13th round, when the fight was stopped.

Light heavyweight

LaMotta moved up to light heavyweight after losing his world middleweight title. He had poor results at first. He lost his debut against Bob Murphy, lost a split decision to Norman Hayes, and drew with Gene Hairston in his first three bouts. In his next three fights, LaMotta had rematches with Hayes, Hairston, and Murphy, and defeated all of them by unanimous decision.

On December 31, 1952, LaMotta had his next fight against Danny Nardico. He knocked LaMotta down for the only time in his career (not counting his thrown 1947 fight) by a right hand in the seventh round. LaMotta got up and was beaten against a corner by Nardico until the bell rang. LaMotta's corner stopped the bout before the eighth round began. [21]

Following that fight, LaMotta took time off; when he returned, in early 1954, [22] he knocked out his first two opponents, Johnny Pretzie (TKO 4) and Al McCoy (KO 1), but a controversial split decision loss to Billy Kilgore on April 14, 1954 convinced him to retire. [23]

Post-boxing

After retiring from the ring, LaMotta owned and managed a bar at 1120 Collins Ave in Miami Beach. He also became a stage actor and stand-up comedian. In 1958 he was arrested and charged with introducing men to an underage girl at a club he owned in Miami. He was convicted and served six months on a chain gang, although he maintained his innocence. [24]

LaMotta appeared in more than 15 films, including The Hustler (1961) with Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason, in which he had a role as a bartender. [25] He appeared in several episodes of the NBC police comedy Car 54 Where Are You? (1961–63). A lifelong baseball fan, he organized the Jake LaMotta All-Star Team in the Bronx. The LaMotta team played in Sterling Oval which was located between 165th and 164th Streets between Clay and Teller Avenue.[ citation needed ]

In 1960 LaMotta was called to testify before a U.S. Senate sub-committee that was looking into underworld influence on boxing. He testified that he had thrown his bout with Billy Fox so that the mob would arrange a title bout for him. [15]

Fighting style

LaMotta is recognized as having had one of the best chins in boxing. He rolled with punches, minimizing their force and damage when they landed, but he was also able to absorb many blows. [5] In the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, his sixth bout with Robinson, LaMotta suffered numerous severe blows to the head. Commentators could be heard saying "No man can take this kind of punishment!" But LaMotta did not go down. The fight was stopped by the referee in the 13th round, declaring it a TKO victory for Robinson.

LaMotta was one of the first boxers to adopt the "bully" style of fighting, in that he always stayed close and in punching range of his opponent, by stalking him around the ring, and sacrificed taking punches himself in order to land his own shots. Due to his aggressive, unrelenting style he was known as "The Bronx Bull." [26] He boasted "No son-of-a-bitch ever knocked me off my feet", but that claim was ended in December 1952 at the hands of Danny Nardico when Nardico caught him with a hard right in the seventh round. LaMotta fell into the ropes and went down. After regaining his footing, he was unable to come out for the next round. [27] [28]

Raging Bull: My Story

Raging Bull: My Story is a 1970 memoir by middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta. The autobiography revealed Jake LaMotta's life as a young teenage criminal; reformation in prison; boxing career; struggle with the mafia, which kept the boxing title out of reach; and his jealous obsession with his wife, Vikki. The book details his life, from childhood until the end of his fame.

The first edition is:

Raging Bull

Hollywood executives approached LaMotta with the idea of a movie about his life, based on his 1970 memoir Raging Bull: My Story . The film, Raging Bull , released in 1980, was initially only a minor box office success, but eventually received overwhelming critical acclaim for both director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro, who gained about 60 pounds during the shooting of the film to play the older LaMotta in later scenes.

To accurately portray the younger LaMotta, De Niro trained with LaMotta until LaMotta felt he was ready to box professionally. De Niro lived in Paris for three months, eating at the finest restaurants in order to gain sufficient weight to portray LaMotta after retirement. [15] De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Later life and death

LaMotta had a troubled personal life, including a spell in a reformatory, and was married seven times. He admitted beating his wives and coming close to beating a man to death during a robbery. [29]

In February 1998, LaMotta's elder son, Jake LaMotta Jr., died of liver cancer. [5] In September 1998, his younger son, Joseph LaMotta, died in the crash of Swissair Flight 111. [5] [30]

His nephew, John LaMotta, fought in the heavyweight-novice class of the 2001 Golden Gloves championship tournament. [31] John later became an actor, and one of his roles was as "Duke", who ran the bar of that name featured in the television comedy series Frasier . Another nephew, William Lustig, is a well-known director and producer of horror films and the president of Blue Underground, Inc. [32]

LaMotta had four daughters, including Christi by his second wife Vikki LaMotta and Stephanie by his fourth wife Dimitria. He married his seventh wife, his longtime fiancée Denise Baker, on January 4, 2013. [33] [34]

LaMotta remained active on the speaking and autograph circuit, and published several books about his career, his life, and his fights with Robinson. He was a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame [5] and was ranked 52nd on Ring Magazine 's List of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years. [35] The magazine ranked him as one of the 10 greatest middleweights of all time. [36]

LaMotta appeared in a 50-minute New York stage production, Lady and the Champ, in July 2012. The production focused on LaMotta's boxing career, and was criticized by The New York Times as poorly executed and a "bizarre debacle". [37]

LaMotta is the subject of a documentary directed and produced by Greg Olliver. The film features an appearance by Mike Tyson among other notable athletes, actors and Jake's family and friends. Also in production was a sequel to Raging Bull , although MGM filed suit to halt the project, saying that LaMotta did not have the right to make a sequel. [38] The lawsuit was settled on July 31, 2012, when LaMotta agreed to change the title of the film to The Bronx Bull . [39]

LaMotta: The Bronx Bull stars actor William Forsythe as LaMotta, while Paul Sorvino plays his father. It also features Joe Mantegna, Tom Sizemore, Penelope Ann Miller, Natasha Henstridge, Joey Diaz and Ray Wise. [40]

LaMotta died on September 19, 2017, from complications of pneumonia in a nursing home in Florida, at the age of 95. [41] [2] [4]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
106 fights83 wins19 losses
By knockout304
By decision5315
Draws4
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
106Loss83–19–4 Flag of the United States.svg Billy KilgoreSD10April 14, 1954 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
105Win83–18–4 Flag of the United States.svg Al McCoyKO1 (10), 1:10April 3, 1954 Flag of the United States.svg Armory, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
104Win82–18–4 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny PretzieTKO4 (10), 1:42March 11, 1954 Flag of the United States.svg Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
103Loss81–18–4 Flag of the United States.svg Danny Nardico RTD7 (10)December 31, 1952 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum, Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.
102Win81–17–4 Flag of the United States.svg Bob MurphyUD10June 11, 1952 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
101Win80–17–4 Flag of the United States.svg Gene HairstonUD10May 21, 1952 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
100Win79–17–4 Flag of the United States.svg Norman HayesUD10April 9, 1952 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
99Draw78–17–4 Flag of the United States.svg Gene HairstonPTS10March 5, 1952 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
98Loss78–17–3 Flag of the United States.svg Norman HayesSD10January 28, 1952 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
97Loss78–16–3 Flag of the United States.svg Bob MurphyRTD7 (10)June 27, 1951 Flag of the United States.svg Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, New York, U.S.
96Loss78–15–3 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson TKO13 (15), 2:04February 14, 1951 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Lost The Ring middleweight title
95Win78–14–3 Flag of France.svg Laurent Dauthuille KO15 (15), 2:47September 13, 1950 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.Retained The Ring middleweight title
94Win77–14–3 Flag of Italy.svg Tiberio Mitri UD15July 12, 1950 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.Retained The Ring middleweight title;
Won vacant NYSAC world middleweight title
93Win76–14–3 Flag of the United States.svg Joe TaylorUD10May 4, 1950 Flag of the United States.svg State Fair Coliseum, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
92Win75–14–3 Flag of the United States.svg Chuck HunterTKO6 (10), 0:59March 28, 1950 Flag of the United States.svg Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
91Win74–14–3 Flag of the United States.svg Dick WagnerTKO9 (10), 2:40February 3, 1950 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
90Loss73–14–3 Flag of France.svg Robert Villemain UD10December 9, 1949 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
89Win73–13–3 Flag of France.svg Marcel Cerdan RTD9 (15)June 16, 1949 Flag of the United States.svg Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.Won NBA and The Ring middleweight titles
88Win72–13–3 Flag of the United States.svg Joey DeJohnTKO8 (10), 2:41May 18, 1949 Flag of the United States.svg State Fair Coliseum, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
87Win71–13–3 Flag of the United States.svg O'Neill BellTKO4 (10), 1:40April 18, 1949 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
86Win70–13–3 Flag of France.svg Robert Villemain SD12March 25, 1949 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
85Loss69–13–3 Flag of France.svg Laurent Dauthuille UD10February 21, 1949Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
84Win69–12–3 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy YaroszUD10December 3, 1948 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
83Win68–12–3 Flag of the United States.svg Vern LesterSD10October 18, 1948 Flag of the United States.svg Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, New York, U.S.
82Win67–12–3 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny ColanTKO10 (10), 1:32October 1, 1948 Flag of the United States.svg St. Nicholas Rink, New York, New York, U.S.
81Win66–12–3 Flag of the United States.svg Burl CharityTKO5 (10)September 7, 1948 Flag of the United States.svg Park Arena, Bronx, New York, New York, U.S.
80Win65–12–3 Flag of the United States.svg Ken StriblingTKO5 (10), 2:46June 1, 1948 Flag of the United States.svg Griffith Stadium, District of Columbia, U.S.
79Loss64–12–3 Flag of the United States.svg Billy Fox TKO4 (10)November 14, 1947 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
78Loss64–11–3 Flag of the United States.svg Cecil HudsonSD10September 3, 1947 Flag of the United States.svg Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
77Win64–10–3 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Janiro UD10June 6, 1947 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
76Win63–10–3 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Bell UD10March 14, 1947 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
75Win62–10–3 Flag of Estonia.svg Anton Raadik UD10December 6, 1946 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
74Win61–10–3 Flag of the United States.svg O'Neill BellKO2 (10), 2:32October 25, 1946 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.Not to be confused with O'Neil Bell
73Win60–10–3 Flag of the United States.svg Bob Satterfield KO7 (10), 1:50September 12, 1946 Flag of the United States.svg Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
72Win59–10–3 Flag of the United States.svg Holman Williams UD10August 7, 1946 Flag of the United States.svg University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
71Draw58–10–3 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy EdgarPTS10June 13, 1946 Flag of the United States.svg University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
70Win58–10–2 Flag of the United States.svg Joe ReddickUD10May 24, 1946 Flag of the United States.svg Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
69Win57–10–2 Flag of the United States.svg Marcus LockmanUD10March 29, 1946 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
68Win56–10–2 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Bell UD10January 11, 1946 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
67Win55–10–2 Flag of the United States.svg Charley ParhamTKO6 (10), 0:59December 7, 1945 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
66Win54–10–2 Flag of the United States.svg Walter WoodsKO8 (10), 1:33November 23, 1945 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
65Win53–10–2 Flag of the United States.svg Coolidge MillerKO3 (10), 2:51November 13, 1945 Flag of the United States.svg Park Arena, Bronx, New York, New York, U.S.
64Loss52–10–2 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson SD12September 26, 1945 Flag of the United States.svg Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
63Win52–9–2 Flag of the United States.svg George KochanTKO9 (10), 0:54September 7, 1945 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
62Win51–9–2 Flag of the United States.svg Jose BasoraTKO9 (10)August 10, 1945 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
61Win50–9–2 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Bell UD10July 6, 1945 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
60Win49–9–2 Flag of the United States.svg Bert Lytell SD10April 27, 1945 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
59Win48–9–2 Flag of the United States.svg Vic DellicurtiUD10April 20, 1945 Flag of the United States.svg St. Nicholas Rink, New York, New York, U.S.
58Win47–9–2 Flag of the United States.svg George Costner KO6 (10)March 26, 1945 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
57Win46–9–2 Flag of the United States.svg Lou SchwartzKO1 (10), 2:30March 19, 1945 Flag of the United States.svg U.S.O. Auditorium, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
56Loss45–9–2 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson UD10February 23, 1945 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
55Win45–8–2 Flag of the United States.svg George KochanTKO9 (10)November 3, 1944 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
54Win44–8–2 Flag of the United States.svg George KochanUD10September 29, 1944 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
53Loss43–8–2 Flag of the United States.svg Lloyd Marshall UD10April 21, 1944 Flag of the United States.svg Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
52Win43–7–2 Flag of the United States.svg Lou WoodsSD10March 31, 1944 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
51Win42–7–2 Flag of the United States.svg Coley WelchUD10March 17, 1944 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
50Win41–7–2 Flag of the United States.svg Ossie HarrisSD10February 25, 1944 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
49Win40–7–2 Flag of the United States.svg Ossie HarrisSD10January 28, 1944 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
48Win39–7–2 Flag of the United States.svg Fritzie Zivic UD10January 14, 1944 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
47Win38–7–2 Flag of the United States.svg Fritzie Zivic SD10November 12, 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
46Win37–7–2 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny WalkerTKO2 (10), 0:53October 11, 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
45Win36–7–2 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Jose BasoraUD10September 17, 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
44Loss35–7–2 Flag of the United States.svg Fritzie Zivic SD15July 12, 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
43Win35–6–2 Flag of the United States.svg Fritzie Zivic SD10June 10, 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
42Win34–6–2 Flag of the United States.svg Tony FerraraKO6 (10)May 12, 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
41Win33–6–2 Flag of the United States.svg Ossie HarrisUD10March 30, 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
40Win32–6–2 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Reeves KO6 (10)March 19, 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
39Loss31–6–2 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson UD10February 26, 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
38Win31–5–2 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson UD10February 5, 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
37Win30–5–2 Flag of the United States.svg Charley HayesTKO6 (10)January 22, 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
36Win29–5–2 Flag of the United States.svg California Jackie WilsonPTS10January 15, 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
35Win28–5–2 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy EdgarSD10January 1, 1943 Flag of the United States.svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
34Win27–5–2 Flag of the United States.svg Henryk Chmielewski UD10November 6, 1942 Flag of the United States.svg Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
33Win26–5–2 Flag of the United States.svg Bill McDowellTKO5 (8), 0:44October 20, 1942 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
32Loss25–5–2 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson UD10October 2, 1942 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
31Win25–4–2 Flag of the United States.svg Vic DellicurtiPTS10September 8, 1942 Flag of the United States.svg New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, U.S.
30Win24–4–2 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy EdgarPTS10August 28, 1942 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
29Win23–4–2 Flag of the United States.svg Lorenzo StricklandPTS8July 28, 1942 Flag of the United States.svg New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, U.S.
28Loss22–4–2 Flag of the United States.svg Jose BasoraPTS10June 16, 1942 Flag of the United States.svg New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, U.S.
27Win22–3–2 Flag of the United States.svg Vic DellicurtiPTS10June 2, 1942 Flag of the United States.svg New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, U.S.
26Draw21–3–2 Flag of the United States.svg Jose BasoraPTS10May 12, 1942 Flag of the United States.svg New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, U.S.
25Win21–3-1 Flag of the United States.svg Buddy O'DellPTS10April 21, 1942 Flag of the United States.svg New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, U.S.
24Win20–3–1 Flag of the United States.svg Lou SchwartzKO9 (10)April 7, 1942 Flag of the United States.svg New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, U.S.
23Win19–3–1 Flag of the United States.svg Lorenzo StricklandPTS10March 18, 1942 Flag of the United States.svg New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, U.S.
22Win18–3–1 Flag of the United States.svg Frankie JamisonPTS8March 3, 1942 Flag of the United States.svg New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, U.S.
21Win17–3–1 Flag of the United States.svg Frankie JamisonPTS8January 27, 1942 Flag of the United States.svg New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, U.S.
20Loss16–3–1 Flag of the United States.svg Nate BoldenMD10December 22, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
19Win16–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy CasaPTS6November 14, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S.
18Loss15–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy ReevesUD10October 20, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
17Win15–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Lorenzo StricklandPTS8October 7, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, U.S.
16Loss14–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy ReevesSD10September 24, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
15Win14–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Cliff KoerklePTS6August 11, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, U.S.
14Draw13–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Joe ShikulaPTS6August 5, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Queensboro Arena, Long Island City, Queens, New York, U.S.
13Win13–0 Flag of the United States.svg Joe BaynesPTS6July 15, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Queensboro Arena, Long Island City, Queens, New York, U.S.
12Win12–0 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny MorrisKO3 (6)June 23, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Starlight Park, Bronx, New York, U.S.
11Win11–0 Flag of the United States.svg Lorenzo StricklandPTS6June 16, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Starlight Park, Bronx, New York, U.S.
10Win10–0 Flag of the United States.svg Lorenzo StricklandPTS4June 9, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Queensboro Arena, Woodhaven, Queens, New York, U.S.
9Win9–0 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny MorrisPTS4May 27, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, U.S.
8Win8–0 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny CihlarPTS4May 20, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
7Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Monroe CrewePTS4April 26, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
6Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Lorne McCarthyPTS4April 22, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, U.S.
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Stanley GoiczPTS4April 15, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, U.S.
4Win4–0 Flag of the United States.svg Joe FredericksTKO1 (4), 1:36April 8, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, U.S.
3Win3–0 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny MorrisTKO4 (4)April 1, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, U.S.
2Win2–0 Flag of the United States.svg Tony GilloPTS6March 14, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg Pyramid Mosque, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
1Win1–0 Flag of the United States.svg Charley MackleyPTS4March 3, 1941 Flag of the United States.svg St. Nicholas Rink, New York, New York, U.S.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Marcel Cerdan
World Middleweight Champion
June 16, 1949 – February 14, 1951
Succeeded by
Sugar Ray Robinson
Sporting positions
Previous:
Al Hostak
Oldest Living World Champion
August 13, 2006 – September 19, 2017
Next:
Robert Cohen