Kaplan, "K.O." Phil
Kaplan, a middlweight in the 1920s, fought such greats as Jack Britton, Jack McVey, and Maxie Rosenbloom. He is a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. April 19, 1902 - d. August 1983
Kaplan began his professional career in 1919, but it was not until 1923 that he had his first big fight. On June 13, Kaplan fought welterweight contender Pete Latzo to a 12-round draw (Latzo had fought for the world title three months earlier and lost); they fought again in 1927 after Latzo had won and lost the title and Kaplan lost a 12-round decision. In December 1923, Kaplan defeated "The Pride of Harlem" Jack McVey in a 12-round decision. Kaplan fought McVey twice more, losing in June 1925 on a disqualification, and winning a decision in July 1928.
Despite never getting a title shot, Kaplan fought the best fighters around, including former welterweight champion Jack Britton twice. The first bout in December 1923 ended in a Kaplan loss while the second, which took place in Kaplan's hometown of Newark in October 1924, ended in a 10-round no decision (although according to reports, Kaplan was the better fighter). Another champion that Kaplan fought was future light-heavyweight champ Maxie Rosenbloom, although Kaplan lost both bouts in decisions. He fought until 1929 and retired with an excellent record of 69 wins in 84 decisions.
Newark, New Jersey
Wins: 69 (34 by knockout)
No decisions: 11
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encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co, 1965)
Ring Magazine, November 1923 issue (Volume 2, Number 10)