Originally Posted by janitor
Johnson was quoted in the Chicago Daily News October 17 1912, as saying that he had signed a deal with McIntosh to fight Sam Langford on boxing day in Sydney, then Sam McVea at a later date yet to be announced, for $55 000. Another source said that Johnson was offered $50 000 for these fights. In any event, it seems that a contract was signed, but the offer was later withdrawn due to Johnsonís legal troubles.
The offer for the fight with McVea in Russia was made by a promoter called Richard Klegin, who took Sam McVea to Paris. The timing of both of these offers was bad, given that they coincided with Johnsonís legal troubles. My personal take is that Johnson was planning to retire around 1912, and wanted to cash out with a series of big money fights against Langford, McVea, Flynn and McCarthy. Ironically, his arrest and trial probably prolonged his spell as champion!
Seems like newspaper talk, to me , but if it was kosher and then withdrawn. it is no ones fault the fights did not take place.
When Tommy Burns promoted Pelkey against McCarty.Johnson cabled him he was prepared to defend against McCarty in Canada , Burns turned the offer down . That is concrete because Burns took a page out in the paper giving his reason for refusing to promote the fight as Johnson was ,"not an upright suitable champion" or some silly words to that effect.
Fact is he was promoting and managing Pelkey and knew he had no chance with Johnson.Poor McCarty never got his chance either, because he collapsed and died in the opening round