History | May 07 2019

My Night: Jesse James Leija defeats the legendary Azumah Nelson

In his own words, Jesse James Leija remembers two victories over Azumah Nelson
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IT’S really hard to pick just one because I had 57 fights and every fight meant something.

I didn’t start fighting until I was 19, so no one thought I would have a career like I did. But I would say that maybe there were two nights above all of the others. The first was the first fight against Azumah Nelson and the other was the second fight when I beat him for the title.

In that first fight I fought for a world title in San Antonio, my hometown, in front of 63,000 at the Alamodome. It doesn’t get any bigger or better than that. I was the hometown guy and the audience was crazy.