Originally Posted by janitor
You have to look at the time line here-
Johnson indicted for smugling a diamond necklace.
Johnson signs to fight Langford and McVea in Australia
Johnson arested under the mann act (I believe McIntosh withdrew his offer following Johnson being charged)
Johnson Jeanette close to being signed
Johnson convicted under the mann act (an offer now efectivley dead in the water)
I believe Johnson was also offered $30 000 to fight Sam McVea in Russia around this time.
In summary it cannot be said that any of these offers came under ideal circumstances. They all came late in Johnsons title reign and while he was subject to legal proceedings.
Lets be realistic here. Johnson could have fought anyone
he wanted to in France, Australia, or Great Brittan.
Johnson fought Flynn in the USA in July, 1912. This means the USA was in play for Johnson.
Johnson fought Jim " battling " Johnson in France in December, 1913
. Johnson could have fought Jeanette, Langford, or McVey in France or the other countires.
Without a doubt, the money was on the table for real title fights for Johnson, and he balked. H.D. Mcintoish, and the other mangers put the money up. These news paper clips show Johnson saying one thing, and doing another. It also shows that Johnson was willing to fight McVey, and the friend ship between the two had nothing to do with a fight happening.
As for the Battling Jim Johnson fight, the French papers say it was a 20 round match, and so does the Cyber boxing Zone.