Silver was an outstanding boxer in the 1920s and had 201 wins during his career; he converted to Roman Catholicism later in life.
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Silver began his career in 1922 and fought professionally as a lightweight and welterweight in the 1920s. In 1926, he defeated Mushy Callahan in a ten-round decision on July 5, only two months before Callahan won the world junior welterweight title. In September, Silver then battled another future champion, "Young" Jack Thompson (who would win the welterweight title in 1930), and was knocked out in the eighth round by Thompson. Silver's final fight that year was against Jackie Fields, who knocked Silver out in the fourth round of their December 21 bout. The following year, Silver remained active and continued to fight some of the best boxers around. In May, he faced Frenchy Belanger in Toronto (Belanger's hometown) and was knocked out in the second round. Silver retired in 1929, having won a remarkable 201 bouts, but without ever getting a title shot.
Wins: 201 (47 by knockout)
No decisions: 21
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When Boxing Was A Jewish Sport, by Allan Bodner (Connecticut: Praeger, 1997)