Boxing legend Jake LaMotta who inspired Raging Bull is set to marry for seventh time aged 90
LaMotta engaged to long-term girlfriend Denise Baker, 62
17:35 GMT, 21 December 2012
Jake LaMotta has never been shy of stepping into the ring – or placing one on the finger of the woman he loves.
The 90-year-old boxing hero is to marry for the seventh time to long-term fiance Denise Baker, 30 years his junior.
LaMotta, the New York boxer who inspired Oscar-winning movie Raging Bull, is set to tie the knot at a justice of the peace in Bisbee, Arizona on January 4.
Hitched: Jake LaMotta, 90, married long-term fiancee Denise Baker after being engaged for 12 years
Ms Baker, 62, told the New York Post that they would probably 'take a nap' following the ceremony.
The couple planned to have a big party two days later where a preview of a new film about LaMotta will be shown.
The Bronx Bull was originally billed as a follow-up to Raging Bull before a legal dispute with the film studio forced creators to publicly say it had no affiliation with Scorsese's masterpiece.
The couple also recently performed in a stage show in New York written by Ms Baker.
The boxer was born Giacobbe
LaMotta on the lower east side of Manhattan in 1922. His father put him
on the street to fight other neighborhood children for entertainment in order to make money to help pay the rent.
LaMotta went pro at the age of 19 and became known as the 'Bronx Bull' for his aggressive style of fighting where he stalked opponents around the ring, often taking heavy blows himself into order to land devastating punches. He won 83 fights in his career including 30 knockouts.
Champion: Jake LaMotta holds up the middleweight championship belt in 1949
Defiant: LaMotta (right) was known for his aggressive boxing style where he stalked opponents closely around the ring, taking many blows on the chin himself
Following his retirement from boxing, LaMotta owned bars and had a successful career in the film industry appearing in 15 films including The Hustler with Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason.
His memoir Raging Bull: My Story became the basis for the 1980 film starring Robert De Niro and directed by Martin Scorsese.
DeNiro trained with LaMotta until he had the look and moves of a professional boxer.
Later the actor famously gained 60 pounds to play the older LaMotta by gorging himself in Paris restaurants for three months. DeNiro won the Academy Award for best actor for Raging Bull.
LaMotta has been married six times before. His second wife Vickie, whom he married when she was 16, is portrayed in Raging Bull by actress Cathy Moriarty. The sporting legend has six children, four daughters and two sons.
Winners: Robert De Niro (left) won an Oscar for his portrayal of LaMotta's boxing career (right) in the 1980 movie Raging Bull
New world middleweight champion Jake La Motta has his arm raised in a symbol of victory by his wife, Vickie, as they arrive at Grand Central Station from Detroit in 1949