Originally Posted by Seamus
For what it's worth, the film ain't none to good.
Another Gunboat assertion always got my attention, tho none around here would remark about it when I brought it up. Old Gunboat contended that Jeffries considered his match with Johnson to be a fix in his favor from the outset, even after it was moved from SF to Reno. It was only two days before the match that Johnson informed Jim that outside of California, where they wouldn't have a Negro winning the title, the fight would be on the up and up... Jeffries summarily turned a white shade of pale.
Was Gunboat just full of shit or were these tales true?
The film of Johnson-Ketchel fits with what Smith said about it.
As for Johnson-Jeffries, I'm no expert on that fight. It's entirely possible, but I haven't researched it. On such matters (fixed fights, 'double crosses', backroom agreements etc.) we can probably never be certain of what is true or not.