By Lem Satterfield
Oct. 13, 2011
Dewey Bozella got a call from President Barack Obama on Thursday, wishing him well for Saturday night’s cruiserweight bout with Larry Hopkins at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“I was so humbled and overwhelmed at the president’s call. It brought tears to my eyes. I thanked him for taking an interest in my story. Wow. There is a lot riding on this fight now,” said the 52-year-old Bozella, who was released from prison in 2009 after serving 26 years of a wrongful conviction.
“This is just getting bigger. President Obama told me that he was rooting for me. I would love to meet him in person someday.”
Bozella passed a physical administered by the California State Athletic Commission on Sept. 29 allowing him to face the 30-year-old Hopkins (0-3) of Houston; this, in order to satisfy his dream of fighting as a professional boxer on the undercard of the light heavyweight bout between RING and WBC titleholder Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson on HBO Pay Per View.