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Old 02-03-2013, 05:32 AM   #39
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Default Re: Did jack Johnson drew a color line himself?

Originally Posted by janitor View Post
Seems like newspaper talk, to me , but if it was kosher and then withdrawn.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.
The contracts were definitely inked for Johnson to fight Langford and McVea in Australia. There are too many different newspaper accounts refferencing it for them not to have been. McIntosh seems to have got cold feet after Johnsons legal troubles.

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
Again, there is some evidence that Johnson McCarthy was more than a hypothetic when Johnsons legal troubles began. Contracts had been inked for a third Johnson Flynn fight as well.
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