Yes, 30 000 would absolutely have gone down in Australia, if things had held together north of the equator!
Perhaps that is why big money was on offer, to make it happen in Russia?
I read that McIntosh pulled the plug on any prospect of promoting Johnson's title fights in Aussie after Johnson got in deep **** with the US Government.
Who would have promoted a heavyweight title fight in Russia, between 1908 and 1915?
It had no boxing background , or fan base ,the country was in chaos for some of that time. I don't buy it for a second.
Johnson was in Moscow in 1914 why didn't a title fight materialise then?