At the fights with my pal #haroldlederman chilling with a good dude, #deweybozella#deweybozellafoundation Dewey served 26 years in prison for murder before having his conviction overturned in 2009 after evidence showing Deweys innocence had been supressed. He was the light heavyweight boxing champ at Sing Sing. He was released in 2009 and after telling an ESPN reporter he still dreamed of having 1 pro fight, #bernardhopkins @bhopdaalien in 2011 helped Deweys dream come true as he fought his pro debut on HBO at 52 years old on the undercard of Bernards show, winning a unanimous decision. #hboboxing#BrickCityBoxing#thefightlawyer#brickcityd
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If anyone was looking at a professional boxing career record of 1-0 you may think it lacked longevity, or it's part of a severely unfinished story. But in this case, that one win is worth everything in the world. This is the Tale of Dewey Bozella.
An 18 year old Bozella was convicted in 1977 for the murder of 92 year old Emma Crapser in Poughkeepsie, New York and was sentenced to 20 years to life in Sing Sing prison. After spending the next 26 years of his life behind bars, and numerous failed attempts to have his care re-examined, Bozella with the help of a law firm called Wilmer Hale, was able to prove his innocence after obtaining evidence. He was released from Sing Sing Prison in October 2009.
Whilst inside, Bozella was a regular in the Prisons boxing programme, and was the Sing Sing Light Heavyweight champion. Upon his release, at the age of 52, Bozella had one goal - to fight professionally.
Getting a boxing licence proved difficult, but Dewey was patient but determined - characteristics that had guided him to prove his innocence and becoming a free man. After several setbacks, he finally obtained a boxing licence and fought his one and only professional fight on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins vs Chad Dawson. Bozella defeated Larry Hopkins by unanimous decision, the date was 15th October 2011.
The Dewey Bozella Foundation was set up to guide and mentor at-risk youths. #Boxing#BoxingTales#BoxingGold#BoxingHistory#BoxingLife#DeweyBozella#SingSingPrison#prisonBoxing#Poughkeepsie#NewYork#LifeGoals#BoxingStories#BernardHopkins#StaplesCentre LosAngeles #HBOSports#DeweyBozellaFoundation