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Jesse James Leija Record

Total Fights57
Title Wins1
Title Defenses0
Title-Fight KOs0
KO Wins19
KO Losses5
Jesse James Leija Record & Stats
Jesse James Leija's Record
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      What is Jesse James Leija's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 16 years and three months, Jesse James Leija fought 57 times with 47 wins, 7 losses, and 2 draws.

      Leija retired from professional boxing with a record of 47-7-2, which included one super-featherweight world-title win. He had a 33.9% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 19 of his total 57 fights being knockout wins. Leija lost five times via knockout, all five of them in title fights.

      His last fight was a 5th round KO defeat to Arturo Gatti on January 29, 2005. Leija was fighting for the super-lightweight WBC title.

      Some of Leija's best fights and notable victories include wins over Hall-of-Famer Azumah Nelson, Jeff Mayweather, Micky Ward, and Ivan Robinson.

      57Jan 29, 200538Arturo GattiLoss *KO5
      56Jul 24, 200438Francisco BojadoWinSD
      55Apr 30, 200437Marteze LoganWinTD
      54Nov 15, 200337Fernando MenaWinTKO2
      53May 22, 200336Adan CasillasWinTKO4
      52Jan 19, 200336Kostya TszyuLoss *RTD6
      51Jan 5, 200235Micky WardWinTD
      50Jul 7, 200134Héctor Camacho Jr.NCTD
      49Jan 7, 200134Fred LaddWinTKO3
      48Nov 11, 200034Ivan RobinsonWinUD
      47Aug 5, 200034Juan LazcanoLossSD
      46Apr 14, 200033Jorge Luis LopezWinKO3
      45Dec 2, 199933Wayne BoudreauxWinTD
      44Aug 20, 199933Verdell SmithWinUD
      43Nov 14, 199832Shane MosleyLoss *RTD9
      42Jul 11, 199832Azumah NelsonWinUD
      41May 1, 199831Troy CrainWinKO2
      40Jan 20, 199831Joel PerezWinUD
      39Nov 14, 199731Effie SchneiderWinUD
      38Jun 14, 199730Jose RodriguezWinUD
      37Mar 22, 199730Joel PerezWinUD
      36Dec 10, 199630Roberto AvilaWinUD
      35Jun 1, 199629Azumah NelsonLoss *TKO6
      34Dec 15, 199529Oscar De La HoyaLoss *RTD2
      33Jul 29, 199529Rodney GarnettWinKO7
      32May 2, 199528Jeff MayweatherWinUD
      31Sep 17, 199428Gabriel RuelasLoss *UD
      30May 7, 199427Azumah NelsonWin *UD
      29Mar 23, 199427Tomas ValdezWinTKO3
      28Sep 10, 199327Azumah NelsonDraw *SD
      27Mar 23, 199326Louie EspinozaWinUD
      26Dec 3, 199226Gabriel CastroWinUD
      25Oct 3, 199226Troy DorseyWinRTD5
      24Jul 15, 199226Jesus PollWinPTS
      23Mar 3, 199225Jose Luis MartinezWinTD
      22Oct 18, 199125Steve McCroryWinUD
      21Aug 30, 199125Silvestre CastilloWinTKO2
      20May 31, 199124Miguel ArrozalWinDQ
      19Apr 19, 199124Rafael SolimanWinUD
      18Feb 25, 199124Mark FernandezWinUD
      17Jan 7, 199124Felipe de JesusWinUD
      16Oct 8, 199024Edward ParkerDrawSD
      15Aug 13, 199024Ricky AlvarezWinTKO1
      14Jul 16, 199024Bobby McCarthyWinTKO5
      13May 13, 199023Boyd GardnerWinUD
      12Mar 25, 199023Roy MunizWinKO3
      11Mar 15, 199023Gary SpencerWinKO2
      10Jan 8, 199023Joe ThompsonWinTKO3
      9Dec 11, 198923Carlos FloresWinKO4
      8Oct 16, 198923Tony De La RosaWinKO1
      7Sep 11, 198923Jaime CastellanoWinTKO3
      6Jul 24, 198923Capri LipkinWinUD
      5May 29, 198922Chilo GuzmanWinPTS
      4Apr 10, 198922Manuel GomezWinUD
      3Jan 21, 198922Joe MitchellWinUD
      2Nov 3, 198822Martin MelendezWinTKO2
      1Oct 2, 198822Oscar DavisWinTKO1

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Jesse James Leija (The Texas Tornado) is a 57-year old retired American professional boxer. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, U.S. on July 8, 1966. He is a former super-featherweight world champion. His professional boxing career spanned more than 16 years — from 1988 to 2005.

      Leija made his professional boxing debut against Oscar Davis at the age of 22 on October 2, 1988, defeating Davis via 1st round TKO. He went on to win 14 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 9 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight on September 10, 1993 at the age of 27, after 27 professional fights, against Azumah Nelson with the WBC title on the line. The fight ended in a split decision draw.

      Leija has won one world title at super-featherweight. For all the details about Leija's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Leija had a total of seven losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was on January 29, 2005 against Canadian boxer Arturo Gatti for Gatti's super-lightweight WBC title. Leija lost the fight via 5th round KO. It's been 19 years, 4 months, and 25 days since this fight.


      Leija had a total of eight world-title fights, which includes winning one world title and zero successful title defenses. He won one of these fights, lost six, and drew in one.

      Title Wins

      Jesse James Leija fought for a super-featherweight world title in seven fights and won once. He won one super-featherweight belt.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      May 7, 1994Azumah NelsonSuper-featherweightWBCUD

      Title Losses

      Jesse James Leija lost one world-title defense fight, and lost one title in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Sep 17, 1994Gabriel RuelasSuper-featherweightWBCUD


      Leija fought a total of 57 times during his professional career, which includes 8 world-title fights at three weight divisions. These five fights are the highlight of his career.

      • September 10, 1993: In his first world-title fight, Jesse James Leija has a draw against Azumah Nelson via 12 round split decision. He was fighting for the WBC super-featherweight title.

      • May 7, 1994: Leija wins the WBC super-featherweight title from Azumah Nelson, by beating Nelson via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • May 2, 1995: Jesse James Leija beats Jeff Mayweather via 10th round unanimous decision.

      • July 11, 1998: Jesse James Leija beats Azumah Nelson via 12th round unanimous decision.

      • January 5, 2002: Jesse James Leija beats Micky Ward via 5th round technical decision.


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