Silverberg is Connecticut’s forgotten world champion. Several years ago, you could have gone to any boxing Web site and not found a single reference to Silverberg. Through the diligence of his son Ron, who had Cyber Boxing Zone, a web site that researches boxing’s history, dig into the career of his dad, Pinky Silverberg’s accomplishments were resurrected.
Silverberg, whose roots were in Ansonia, won the vacant National Boxing Association world flyweight title in October of 1927 at the State Armory in Bridgeport. Silverberg won when his opponent, Ruby Bradley, was disqualified in Round 7.
The victory proved that you didn’t need to go to New York, Boston or Philadelphia to earn national recognition. Silverberg spent most of his career fighting in Connecticut venues in Hartford, Meriden, New Haven, Waterbury, Norwalk and Bridgeport. He won the Connecticut Flyweight Championship in Ansonia in 1925.
Unfortunately for Silverberg, he kept his NBA world title for just seven weeks. Boxing politics, prevalent even back in the 1920s, caused Silverberg to be stripped of his title. The Connecticut state boxing commissioner at the time, Thomas E. Donohue apparently felt that Silverberg should not continue as champion because he had performed poorly in a non-title bout.
Silverberg kept on fighting, and on March 4, 1937, he left the sport a winner. Silverberg captured a unanimous decision over Frankie Reese to finish his career 34-34-14. He was stopped only once in his lengthy pro career.
Silverberg died on Jan. 16, 1964. He was 59.