Michael Bisping to Daniel Cormier: Tell Jon Jones to go F*ck Himself

By Fernando Quiles Jr. Michael Bisping wishes Daniel Cormier would stick up for himself. Back in July, Cormier defended his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight title against Jon Jones. Cormier was knocked out in the third round and lost the gold. Jones ended up failing his drug test and the bout was ruled a no-contest. Cormier got his […]

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Betting Odds Have Conor McGregor as an Underdog Against Paulie Malignaggi

By Adam Haynes With a clear score to settle, the prospect of a boxing bout between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi in 2018 is likely McGregor’s first foray into the squared circle ended in defeat to boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. last month, although there were positives in the Irishman’s performance. Despite looking out of his depth as […]

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Jake LaMotta passes away at age 95

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Legendary world middleweight champion and boxing Hall of Famer Jake LaMotta, who later became the central character in the Martin Scorsese-directed Academy Award-winning film Raging Bull (1980) starring Robert De Niro, passed away in Miami, Florida today (September 20) at the age of 95. LaMotta’s fiancé of 25-years, Denise Baker, confirmed that LaMotta died of Dysphagia pneumonia at Palm Garden Nursing Home, in Miami, Florida, where he was given hospice care in recent weeks by Seasons Hospice.

Giacobbe “Jake” LaMotta was born on July 10, 1922 in New York City, and was raised in The Bronx. The brawler nicknamed the “Bronx Bull” won the middleweight championship in 1949, and is best remembered for his bouts against another iconic champion Sugar Ray Robinson. LaMotta retired in 1954 with a ring record of 83-19-4, with 30 knockouts. LaMotta was enshrined into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

His 1970 biography Raging Bull: My Story was adapted into the 1980 movie starring De Niro in the lead role.

LaMotta was known for an explosive temper on the streets of New York, but turned the street brawls into a profession. LaMotta turned pro as a teenager at age 19.

LaMotta handed the legendary Sugar Ray Robinson the first defeat of his career in 1943. The two would face each other six times, including the last time in 1951. In a fight later dubbed the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” LaMotta endured a brutal beating but refused to go down. The referee ultimately stopped the fight the 13th round.

Fritzie Zivic, Tommy Bell and Tony Janiro were among the other top boxers of the era that he defeated. In 1949, LaMotta stopped Marcel Cerdan for the middleweight championship. The two were scheduled for a rematch, which had to be called off after Cerdan died in a plane crash. LaMotta then successfully defended his title against Tiberio Mitri and Laurent Dauthuille.
In his later years, LaMotta made many personal appearances, mostly in New York.

A second movie on his life, entitled LaMotta: The Bronx Bull, released in 2015, starred such notable actors as William Forsythe, Paul Sorvino and Joe Mantegna.

LaMotta is survived by his fiancé Denise Baker, her daughters Meggen Connolley and Natalia Baker; his daughters Jacklyn O’Neill, Christie LaMotta, Elisa LaMotta, and Mia Day; brothers Joe LaMotta and Al LaMotta; sisters Maria Hawfield and Anne Ramaglia. He is pre-deceased by two sons, Jack and Joseph, who died seven months apart in 1998.

Funeral will be private. A memorial service will be held in New York, date and location to be determined.

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Wilder, Ortiz speak

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Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and Cuban southpaw Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz spoke about their upcoming November 4th title clash.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and I’m excited that the time has come to meet Luis Ortiz,” said Wilder. “Ortiz is considered the boogeyman of the sport and I am the hardest hitter in boxing. When you put us together in a ring, you will get one of the best heavyweight fights in a long time. I will unify the division. This I promise. This is the first step towards unifying. Any heavyweight that gets in my way is getting knocked out.”

“Wilder has been doing a lot of talking about me and this fight,” said Ortiz. “I’m tired of hearing it. I’m not that big on talking. I like to do all my talking in the ring and that’s what I plan to do. I respect him. I know he hits hard, but I hit hard too. It’s going to be a great fight. I can’t wait to get in the ring and shut him up in front of everybody at Barclays Center on SHOWTIME on November 4.”

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“Cheerleaders” – Paulie Malignaggi Rips “Retarded” McGregor’s Coaches

By Adam Haynes It seems that Paulie Malignaggi still has a lot left to say on former sparring partner Conor McGregor following his loss to Floyd Mayweather last month It appears that the Irishman’s coaching team are not safe from the “Magic Man” and his acerbic tongue either. The Malignaggi vs. McGregor subplot entertained and intrigued fans prior […]

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Robert Whittaker Confident in Beating Bisping & GSP

By Adam Haynes UFC interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is a man who is no rush to get to where he is certain will be his rightful destination For the New Zealand-born Australian, it is merely a matter of time before he unifies the division. Incumbent middleweight champion Michael Bisping welcomes returning legend Georges St-Pierre to the middleweight […]

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Fury cousins’ doping investigation put on hold

Fury cousins’ doping investigation put on hold

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