VIP Ink Publishing signs former three time champion NABF and two time WBC world boxing champion, Jesse James Leija, for an autobiography. Jesse James Leija is a retired world champion boxer from San Antonio, Texas. Leija surprisingly remained at the top of the boxing sport for most of his 17 year career. He won two world titles, had nine world title fights, defeated fifteen world contenders of which three were Olympians, and he retired with an amazing record of 47-7-2 with nineteen knockouts.
Leija was practically born into the boxing game. His uncle as well as his father were pro fighters, his father was a former Texas Golden Gloves champion. Leija’s parents didn’t allow him to box until after he graduated high school. The football coach at Harlandale High School at the time told Lejia he was to small to play. He was then told that he was too small to be a boxer. Against all odds, Leija would climb from hardship to championship.
With a compelling 33-5 record in a short amateur career, and despite his relative inexperience, he still won the San Antonio Golden Gloves title and earned a spot in the 1988 Olympic Trials. Although he lost on a razor-thin decision to two-time world amateur champion Kelcie Banks, this fight would later prove that boxing would fit Leija like a second skin.
Leija’s autobiography will cover his faith and determination from both in and outside the ring; as well as, the struggles he had to face and overcome to become a World Champion. His inspiring story will touch the hearts of millions.