Re: how fake was the lamotta vs fox dive?
Is one dive any faker than another dive? A dive is a dive, fake is fake.
Lamotta vs Fox was fake. It seems pretty clear that Lamotta threw the fight. Would Lamotta have beaten Fox if it was on the up and up? I think so, the accounts and the quality of the two fighters suggests he would have. But from what I've read there's no real consensus about whether the fight was as blatan as Raging Bull suggests. So articles say it was, others say Fox could have competed.
Again, I can't claim to know, but a lot of the other guys who fought Fox praised him as being a lot better than his reputation would have suggested. Lesnevich in particular praised Fox's punching power.