By Lem Satterfield
Sept 29, 2011
Former amateur boxer Dewey Bozella, who was released from prison in 2009 after being wrongfully accused of murder and serving 26 years, was approved by the California State Athletic Commission to fight on the undercard of the light heavyweight bout between RING and WBC titleholder Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, Bozella told RingTV.com on Thursday.
Bozella said that a professional fight was one of the first things he had hoped for upon being released. Now, he will get that chance.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it’s very, very much appreciated. They’re giving me a chance, and that’s all that I’ve asked for,” said Bozella.
Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya said he was overcome with emotion while watching Bozella receive his approval papers.
“The look on his face, there are no words to describe it. He was just extremely happy. But this is a man who truly deserves it. He was in jail for over 25 years. What amazes me is that he didn’t come out of jail blaming anybody, being angry or being bitter,” said De La Hoya.
“I’m just very blessed and appreciative,” said Bozella. “I didn’t let them down, I didn’t let myself down and now I’ve got to go out and prove that I’m worthy of receiving this gift.”
De La Hoya seemed eager to give it.