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Jesse James Leija

Profession::
Two-time World Champion Boxer

LeijaDuring his career, Jesse James Leija had a myriad of accomplishments, including winning two world titles: the World Boxing Championship Featherweight and the IBA Lightweight. He also fought and defeated 15 World Rated fighters, 3 Olympians, and 4 World Champions. After retirement, Leija decided to give back to the sport and opened the ChampionFit Gym. Leija and his team trains a wide range of individuals, including teens, mothers, and business professionals, alongside amateur and professional boxers.

Leija also made a commitment to help those who may not have had a chance to play sports by backing the Miracle League of San Antonio. The Miracle League provides children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball in an organized league. Leija also wrote a children’s book, Jesse and the Boogeyman, that was published in 2013. He was also recently inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame.

Jesse James Leija is married and a proud father.