1994-05-07 Jesse James Leija w pts 12 Azumah Nelson, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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1994-05-07 Jesse James Leija w pts 12 Azumah Nelson, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Mitch Halpern. Scorecards: 114-113, 117-110, 117-109. Having learned the lessons from their earlier fight, Leija (130) started well on the back foot before unleashing a cracking right counter to the jaw to floor Nelson (129½) for ‘seven’ in the second round. Although Nelson came back strongly with skilful boxing to win the battle of the jabs, by the fifth Leija began to take over, being first to the punch after a cut had opened over the champion’s left eye. Picking up the pace, Leija was beginning to prove that he was too fast and accurate with either hand for Nelson, and although the latter fired back in several spirited exchanges it was the American who came home on all three cards.

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