In 1997, "The Ring" magazine said LaMotta had the best chin in boxing in the previous 75 years, meaning he could take punches better than anyone without going down.
His boxing career was most notable for LaMotta's rivalry with "Sugar" Ray Robinson. The two had six bouts between 1942 and 1951, capped by the legendary "Saint Valentine's Day Massacre" fight in Chicago.
In 1980, LaMotta's life was made into the film "Raging Bull" by director Martin Scorsese. Robert De Niro won his second Oscar for playing LaMotta in a performance many have regarded as the actor's best work.