1949-04-05 Rinty Monaghan w pts 15 Maurice Sandeyron, King’s Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland - WORLD
1949-04-05 Rinty Monaghan w pts 15 Maurice Sandeyron, King’s Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland - WORLD. Referee: C. B. Thomas. Giving a tremendous display of boxing, Monaghan (110¼) won a clear, if not emphatic, decision over the French challenger. There were no doubts in the mind of the referee and according to certain fight reports Sandeyron (111), finishing with a cut and swollen face, could thank his supreme conditioning as the reason he was not floored.
Terry Allen would be Monaghan’n next challenger, having outpointed him over ten rounds of a catchweight contest at The Arena, Harringay, London, on 7 February. Despite losing next time out to Honore Pratesi (l pts 10 at the Empress Hall, Earls Court, London on 3 May), Allen went on to defeat Norman Tennant on points over 12 rounds at Dens Park, Dundee on 8 June. Boxing News reported the Tennant fight as an official British and British Empire title eliminator and a qualification to challenge for any other honours Monaghan might possess.