1994-09-17 Gabriel Ruelas w pts 12 Jesse James Leija, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC
1994-09-17 Gabriel Ruelas w pts 12 Jesse James Leija, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 115-109, 115-111, 116-108. With both men getting away fast and setting a relentless pace, the crowd were already on their feet and in the second round Leija (130) was dropped for ‘seven’ by a right uppercut, having missed with several solid punches of his own. Hauling himself back into the fight, Leija met his challenger blow for blow and in the fifth he dropped Ruelas (130) momentarily with a short right hook before the latter came back with a variety of punches of his own to leave the American cut over both eyes. Although Lejia rallied strongly at the start of the ninth, Ruelas had the fight in his grasp by then and he carefully boxed his way through to the final session when he again dropped the aggressive champion, this time with a short right, prior to the pair of them slugging it out until the bell.