1995-12-15 Oscar De La Hoya w rtd 2 Jesse James Leija, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBO
1995-12-15 Oscar De La Hoya w rtd 2 Jesse James Leija, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBO. Referee: Ron Lipton. After taking a good look at Leija (134¾) before shaking him up with right hands and combinations in the opening round, the champion got down to business in the second with a vengeance. Knocked down by a left hook to the jaw, Leija took a ‘nine’ count before facing De La Hoya (135) again, both stunned and dazed, and it was not long before a right-left hook sent him crashing once more. It was clear that Leija, now badly cut over the left eye, had very little left and when the bell came to his aid his corner immediately retired him.
With the prospect of De La Hoya moving up to fight Julio Cesar Chavez for the WBC welter crown, Artur Grigorian stopped Antonio Rivera inside 12 rounds on 13 April 1996 at the Wandsbek Sports Hall, Hamburg, Germany, the WBO ‘interim’ belt being his reward. Following De La Hoya becoming the WBC welter champion in June 1996 and abdicating the title, Grigorian was promoted to full championship status.