The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today legendary middleweight champion “The Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta will be among returning Hall of Famers attending festivities planned for the 2015 Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 11-14th.
“Jake LaMotta is a legend in the sport of boxing and one of the most popular champions ever,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “It’s always exciting for fans to see ‘The Raging Bull’ in Canastota for the Hall of Fame Weekend.”
Boxing out of the Bronx, LaMotta captured the world middleweight championship via 10th round TKO over Hall of Famer Marcel Cerdan in 1949. The cagey middleweight also scored wins over Bert Lytell, Tommy Bell and Hall of Famers Holman Williams, Fritzie Zivic and Sugar Ray Robinson, whom he met in six legendary bouts. His pro record stands at 83-19-4 (30 KOs). LaMotta’s life story was made into the motion picture Raging Bull starring Robert DeNiro. LaMotta was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.
LaMotta will be one of the boxing stars featured at “A Night of 15 Rounders” on Friday, June 12th at the Rusty Rail Party House during Hall of Fame Weekend. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and the program, consisting of fight highlights, speeches, photograph and autograph opportunities, will get underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $60 each.
Other events planned for the weekend include a banquet, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2015. Living inductees include heavyweight champion Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe, featherweight champion “Prince” Naseem Hamed, lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, light flyweight champion Yoko Gushiken, manager Rafael Mendoza, referee Steve Smoger, journalist Nigel Collinsand broadcaster Jim Lampley. Posthumous inductees in the Old-Timer and Non-Participant categories will also be honored.
An impressive list of over 40 boxing greats from the United States and abroad are scheduled to participate in weekend.
For more information on the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, please call the Hall of Fame at (315) 697-7095, visit online at www.ibhof.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InternationalBoxingHallofFame and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BoxingHall.