- Posted: 6:10 PM, October 12, 2011
After spending 26 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder and having that conviction overturned two years ago, Bozella is scheduled to fight in a four-round cruiserweight bout against Larry Hopkins of Houston on the undercard of the championship fight between WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and former titleholder Chad Dawson.
Highlights of Bozella's fight against Larry Hopkins will be shown during the HBO pay-per-view telecast.
"This is the opportunity that I have been waiting for," Bozella said. "Boxing was the one thing that helped me get through my time in prison and the fact that I am getting this chance to make my dream come true, is something that I cannot wait for."
Bozella, 52, has been training in Philadelphia with Hopkins, who at age 46 became the oldest boxer to win a world title last May when he defeated Jean Pascal.
"Dewey Bozella is a prime example of the power of the mind and heart to do anything," Hopkins said. "This is a man who lost everything for a crime he didn't commit, but he never gave up hope. He has inspired everyone who has heard his story, including me. I'd rather face 100 Chad Dawsons than face two or three days in Dewey's shoes."
Bozella is now determined to use his experience to help others. He has organized the Dewey Bozella Foundation, a charity organized to open a boxing gym in Newburgh, New York where he can train youth as a way to keep them off the streets.
"A lot of people helped me get to this point," Bozella said. "I want to be able to pay some of that forward, open my own gym and help others. My main focus is kids, but my gym will be for anyone who wants to come."