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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

AS AN AMATEUR BOXER

Semi-Finalist at U.S. 1988 Olympic Trials

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

16 Years & 3 Months
57 Fights, 386 Total Rounds, 76 World Championship Rounds

PROFESSIONAL RECORD

57 FIGHTS - 47 WINS | 7 LOSSES | 2 DRAWS | 1 NC

FIGHT DISTANCES

12 rounds 7 (5-1-1) | 10 rounds 13 (11-1-1)

TWO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION

WBC World Super Featherweight Champion
IBA World Lightweight Champion

THREE-TIME NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION

North American Featherweight Champion
2-time North American Lightweight Champion

9 - WORLD TITLE FIGHTS

DEFEATED

World Rated Fighters - 15
Olympians - 3
World Champions - 4

MOST NOTED OPPONENT

Four fights with legendary Hall of Fame fighter, Azumah Nelson
Leija won four fight series, 2-1-1
Leija won both world titles against Nelson

8 - HBO FIGHTS

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS - 6.7 ROUNDS

40% KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE

STRENGTHS

Had an aggressive style, good skills and movement. At his best, he got into close range, kept a fast pace, and outworked his opponents. Was always well-conditioned, tough and determined. Had tremendous heart and had vast experience against top opposition.

 

 

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