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Middleweight Champion Jake LaMotta was polite last week. Whenever his challenger, Italy's Tiberio Mitri, lunged off balance in the ring at New York's Madison Square Garden, Gentleman Jake stepped back and let him recover. When the fight was over, LaMotta had won a unanimous decision, but the crowd booed him from habit just the same. Said a plaintive LaMotta next day: "I know the fans don't like me because of my poor fights with Billy Fox and Robert Villemain. But I'm turning over a new leaf. I've got a psychologist, and he's advising me how to go about getting popular."

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