1949-09-30 Rinty Monaghan drew 15 Terry Allen, King’s Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland - WORLD

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1949-09-30 Rinty Monaghan drew 15 Terry Allen, King’s Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland - WORLD. Referee: Sam Russell. In a contest where there was much missing, the champion forced the fight for most of the time while Allen (111¾) was content to box at distance. Apart from the second round when Allen dropped Monaghan (111¼) for ‘eight’ with a precision right cross, there was never a great deal in it and if the challenger had stepped up his work rate it could have been a different result. At the final bell, Monaghan walked over to the referee and held his hand out but was sent back to his corner until both men were called to the centre of the ring to have their arms raised. Along with Monaghan’s world and European titles, Allen’s British and British Empire titles had all been at stake.

At the end of the year, with Monaghan under increasing pressure to defend his European title against Honore Pratesi, The Ring magazine’s top ten read: Pratesi, Allen, Maurice Sandeyron, Jean Sneyers, Dickie O'Sullivan, Norman Lewis, Mickey Hill, Peter Keenan, Norman Tennant and Black Pico.

Monaghan retired as undefeated champion in April 1950 and the two leading contenders, Allen and Pratesi, the French champion, were matched for the vacant world and European titles. Pratesi, who already had a victory over Allen to his name, had also beaten top-class flyweights such as Louis Skena (twice), Tino Cardinale (twice), Raoul Degryse, Charles Bohbot (twice) and Mustapha Mustaphaoui.