LaMotta defended his title on the September 13, 1950 against Laurent Dauthuille. Dauthuille had previously beat LaMotta by decision before LaMotta became World Champion. By the fifteenth round, Dauthuille was once again ahead on all scorecards (72-68, 74-66, 71-69) and seemed to be about to repeat a victory against LaMotta. Shockingly, LaMotta hit Dauthuille with a barrage of punches that sent him down against the ropes toward the end of the round. Dauthuille was counted out with 13 seconds left in the fight. This fight was named Fight of the Year for 1950 by The Ring Magazine.