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FROM THE ARCHIVE: Hail Mary

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HAIL MARY: Julio Cesar Chavez’s legendary last-second knockout of Meldrick Taylor was predated by more than 40 years by a miracle Jake LaMotta pulled off. LaMotta was losing a hard-fought battle against rugged Laurent Dauthuille going into the 15th and final round on Sept. 13, 1950, in Detroit when he wrote his chapter of history. The Bronx Bull landed a hard right to the head of the tiring Dauthuille in the final moments of the fight, putting the Frenchman down for the count. Only 13 seconds remained. The victory preserved LaMotta’s middleweight title and claimed its place in boxing lore. (Click the image for a larger version.)

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