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. On winning, Monaghan took over Sandeyron’s European title which had also been at stake.
Terry Allen would be Monaghan’s 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. In 57 contests, of which he had lost just four times, Allen had also beaten Mickey Jones (twice), Tommy Burney, Jackie Bryce, Jimmy Gill and Dickie O’Sullivan (twice).