1993-09-10 Azumah Nelson drew 12 Jesse James Leija, The Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA - WBC
1993-09-10 Azumah Nelson drew 12 Jesse James Leija, The Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA - WBC. Referee: Jerry McKenzie. Scorecards: 113-115, 118-112, 115-115. Working in patches and chipping away with left jabs, many thought the champion lucky to hold off the strong challenge from the younger Leija (129) by dint of a draw. It was certainly a hard fight to score, but Nelson (128½) produced the better quality despite doing less, while Leija found it hard to break down the champion’s defence with a lot of his punches not landing cleanly. The last few rounds saw Nelson stalking the Texan and working him over to the body before he went into cruise control in the 12th, obviously thinking that he had done enough.