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Tszyu shows respect for challenger Leija

Updated: January 18, 2003, 3:26 AM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- World super lightweight champion Kostya Tszyu expects to have too much punching power for American challenger "Jesse" James Leija in his title defense Sunday.

Tszyu's trainer, Johnny Lewis, said the Russian-born Australian had respect for the boxer from San Antonio, a former WBC super featherweight champion.

"Leija's got ring savvy and he's been around a long time," Lewis said Saturday. "He always comes back. When you think you've got him, he'll show ...

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