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The story of Dewey Bozella is one that either tells you that anything is possible, or that 52-year old men shouldn’t be getting into the ring. No matter how you look at it, his professional boxing debut has started off good. After spending 26 years in prison for something he didn’t do, perhaps the man deserves the chance to do whatever he wants.
52-year-old cruiserweight who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he did not commit won his professional boxing debut Saturday night.
Dewey Bozella defeated Larry Hopkins by unanimous decision in the four-round match at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The pugilist served time in New York’s Sing Sing prison after being found guilty of murder in 1983; his conviction was overturned two years ago.
According to a biography on his website, Bozella was offered several opportunities for an early release if he would admit guilt and show remorse.
“Anger at his imprisonment gave way to determination and instead of becoming embittered, he became a model prisoner” and earned several degrees, the site says.