Results, highlights, and roundup for boxing: Here are some of the best moments from April that you might have missed.

This month in the ring was exceptionally active, and there were a number of unexpected outcomes.

There were many significant events in the boxing ring in April. There was no shortage of significant news in the sport, from Ryan Garcia’s knockout by Gervonta Davis to Anthony Joshua and Zhilei Zhang winning decisive heavyweight matches to keep their title hopes alive.

Like each month, there were numerous significant battles that went unnoticed. Fighters competed for titles or to establish themselves as top competitors all around the world.

A major event is not scheduled this weekend, so with that in mind, let’s look at some of the boxing action you might have missed in April.

Robeisy Ramirez def. Isaac Dogboe, April 1

The vacant WBO featherweight championship was at stake in the fight between Ramirez and Dogboe. The narrative of Ramirez is intriguing. Ramirez, a two-time Olympic gold champion who left Cuba to turn pro, lost a surprising split decision in his pro debut in August 2019 but has since been exceptional. Ramirez excelled when given the chance to compete for a world title for the first time in his career. Dogboe took his time getting going since he didn’t want to meet Ramirez’s strength head-on. Ramirez was simply too good and won the exchanges when Dogboe did make an attempt to engage. Round 12 of the fight has begun. Ramirez was obviously going to record the victory, but he added some additional padding with a knockdown just before the buzzer. Ramirez won the match with final scores of 117-110, 118-109, and 119-108, giving him a 12-1 record and a world championship.

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Bryan Flores def. Shinard Bunch, April 7

Shinard Bunch made a strong first impression in the main event of a Shobox bout by knocking down his opponent severely in the first round with a quick combo. Bunch capitalized on the knockdown to dominate the bulk of the opening stanza of the fight, fending off Flores with clean blows. Around Round 6, when Flores tenaciously persisted in moving forward and engaging Bunch in combat, the tides drastically turned in his favor. In addition, Flores used several questionably legal methods that made the battle tough, depleting Bunch of his energy and allowing Flores to easily win the second half. The valiant effort allowed Flores to win a split decision, with Bunch taking one card (96-93) and Flores taking two (95-94 and 97-92). The latter of these scores was difficult to defend, but Flores narrowly winning was not.

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Kenshiro Teraji def. Anthony Olascuaga, April 8

Teraji, who holds the WBC, WBA, and WBO unified junior flyweight titles, was originally scheduled to square off against WBO champion Jonathan Gonzalez. Gonzalez was forced to withdraw from the bout due to illness, giving Olascuaga the chance to fill in on short notice after mandatory challenger Hekkie Budler was paid step-aside money to allow the fight to proceed. Olascuaga put out a remarkable effort in light of the conditions, making accurate strokes in nearly every round. Teraji was prepared and eager to retaliate despite the same chance of a surprise as when he was defeated by Masamichi Yabuki in September 2021. Teraji eventually turned up the pressure in Round 9 and won through TKO, maintaining his reputation as one of boxing’s more intriguing fighters while Olascuaga improved his own standing in less than ideal conditions.

A noteworthy undercard performance was by Tenshin Nasukawa, who defeated Yuki Yonaha in a decision for his first-ever professional victory. Nasukawa, a notable kickboxing superstar who competed against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an exhibition match, lost that match via knockout. That evening, Mayweather was a much, much bigger man, and Yonaha, who weighed 122 pounds, was defeated by Nasukawa, who had far greater technique.

Lukasz Rozanski def. Alen Babic, April 22

Depending on your perspective, bridgerweight may or may not be a legitimate boxing division. According to the WBC, the division exists and has a world championship. Rozanski defeated Babic by first-round TKO on April 22, becoming just the second bridgerweight champion in history. The men threw wild punches at each other until Babic was knocked to the ground in an ugly brawl. Babic overcame the count, but Rozanski kept firing until the fight was over in order to win the championship in a division that may or may not truly exist.

 

Joe Cordina def. Shavkat Rakhimov, April 22

With a powerful knockout of Kenichi Ogawa in June 2022, Cordina earned the IBF junior lightweight title. However, only a few months later, the belt was revoked. Cordina’s hand injury occurred as he was getting ready for a mandatory title defense against Rakhimov, so the issue was beyond his control. After being given more time, he shattered the same hand again. Cordina was stripped of the IBF championship, and Rakhimov had been waiting for his chance to challenge him since the beginning of 2021. Rakhimov defeated Zelfa Barrett in November to claim the title. When Cordina made his comeback, he was already assured of a crack at the belt. He made the most of the chance and defeated Rakhimov by a razor-thin margin to reclaim the title.

In the end, Cordina’s knockdown in the second round gave him the victory because the fight would have ended in a split draw on the scorecards without it. The bout was one of the best of the month, with both fighters putting forth good effort and landing powerful blows in front of a boisterous Cardiff, Wales audience.