By Greg Heakes
Oct. 16, 2011
Dewey Bozella, who spent 26 years in jail for a murder he didn’t commit, made his pro boxing debut a successful one by beating Larry Hopkins in a cruiserweight fight.
The 52-year-old Bozella won by a unanimous decision despite giving away 22 years in age to Hopkins, who was competing in his fourth professional fight.
Bozella didn’t get the knockout he was looking for but he dominated the fourth and final round, landing a flurry of blows, including an upper cut just before the bell that sent Hopkins’ mouthpiece sailing through the air.
“This is the greatest moment of my life,” said Bozella whose dream had always been to become a professional boxer.