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John Joseph "Rinty" Monaghan (21 August 1918 – 3 March 1984) was a world flyweight boxing champion from Belfast. He became famous in the post-war period, eventually rising to become undisputed world champion and a hero to many people in his home city. Born in Lancaster St in the north of the city, Monaghan attended St Patrick's Christian Brothers' School in Donegall St. A noted fighter at boys' level, he entered the paid ranks in his mid-teens. After a short period of wartime service, Monaghan resumed his career and his burgeoning reputation drew huge crowds from all parts of his home city. In particular, bouts at Belfast's King's Hall were the highlight with that venue normally packed to the rafters. Almost forty years later, Barry McGuigan was to attract an adoring following to the same venue. In October 1947, the National Boxing Association world crown became his after outpointing the American, Dado Marino at Harringay Stadium for the vacant title. The mantle of undisputed champion of the world rested on his shoulders after his defeat of the tough Scottish fighter Jackie Paterson on 23 March 1948. Paterson was to prove one of the Belfast man's major adversaries. By the time that a long-standing chest complaint forced his retirement as champion in 1950, Monaghan's trophy-cabinet contained the British, European, Commonwealth and World crowns. Of the 66 official bouts he fought during his illustrious career, he won 51, drew 6 and lost 9. Monaghan endeared himself to his supporters after his fights by singing When Irish Eyes are Smiling to the King's Hall audience, which joined in the singing. Offered here is an original photograph of Rinty Monaghan which he has boldly signed.
This is an original photograph of Monaghan in fight pose. Boldly signed in ink, "Rinty Monaghan Worlds Flyweight champion Best wishes." Bold, clear image. Not creased or torn. Clean front and back. Photographer stamp for DINEEN on reverse. 3 1/2" x 5 1/2."

Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2

Condition: near mint