1998-11-14 Shane Mosley w rtd 9 Jesse James Leija, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, USA - IBF

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1998-11-14 Shane Mosley w rtd 9 Jesse James Leija, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, USA - IBF. Referee: Eddie Cotton. Producing blinding hand speed when working from head to body the champion was far too good for Leija (135) and battered him endlessly at times before eventually putting him down in the sixth. Following that Mosley (135), still picking his shots with precision, was beginning to plant his feet more as he looked for a finishing blow and after taking a further pounding in the eighth Leija was dropped again. It would have made sense to have pulled Leija out at that point, but bravely coming out for the ninth he was forced to take another beating, especially to the body, and was put down twice more before being retired by his corner at the end of the round.