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 second round saw Leija (130) dropped for ‘seven’ by a right uppercut having missed with several solid punches of his own. Hauling himself back into the fight, Leija, meeting his challenger blow for blow in the fifth, 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 Leija rallied strongly at the start of the ninth, by then Ruelas had the fight in his grasp, carefully boxing 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.