Originally Posted by janitor
I read that McIntosh pulled the plug on any prospect of promoting Johnson's title fights in Aussie after Johnson got in deep shit with the US Government.
You read correctly, but McIntosh was banding the offer about for quite a while, and negotiations went backwards and forwards. Its possible that Johynson was trying to price himself out. The episode is covered in detail Clay Moyles book about Sam Langford
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?
The offer from Russia was $30 000 for a fight with Sam McVea. I will have to look up who made the offer. It is not unknown for countries with no boxing background to make big money offeres to promote major fights e.g Rumble in the Jungle, so it is certainly possible that there was real money behind it.