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On This Day: September 30th

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1949: In the final fight of his career, flyweight Rinty Monaghan defended his World, European, Commonwealth, and British titles following a fifteen-round draw with Terry Allen. The Londoner had defeated Monaghan in an eight-round non-title bout earlier that year, while the Belfast man had scored a first round stoppage when they met in 1947. In the rubber match at the King’s Hall they could not be separated. Monaghan, who suffered from a long-standing chest-problem, retired the following year with a record of 52(19)-9(1)-8. Allen would later win the vacant titles by outpointing Honore Pratesi.

1995: Noel Magee traveled to hostile territory in Wales to make the first defence of his Commonwealth light heavyweight title. The Belfast man took on home fighter Nicky Piper at the Cardiff Arms Park and, despite a spirited performance, was outgunned and stopped in the ninth round.

Watch Noel Magee v Nicky Piper in full below:

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie