Originally Posted by Bummy Davis
I think being black that Johnson would give other black opponents the chance to make a few bucks and he had some solid black contenders but did not offer the opportunity, Johnson could have opened the flood gates instead of closing many
What did Johnson owe Langford and Jeannette ? Both hated him and picked whitemen such as Jeffries to beat him,how much racial solidarity did they show? Johnson signed to fight Jeannette three times but the authorities vetoed the fight on 2 occasions ,on the other ,the money[$30,000,] was not there. This can be verified,I found the reports.
Johnson agreed to fight Langford but again the $$$ was not there.
No US promoter would put on an all black heavyweight title fight, whites would not buy tickets to see it, and blacks did not have the $$$ to do so.
Attempts were made for Johnson to defend against Langford in London but the purse was a miserly £3000, so Johnson fought Flynn for $30,000 in the US.
Whose fault is that?