Dewey Bozella

Arthur Ashe Courage Award Winner & Boxer

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Bozella candidly discusses his tragic story of injustice and the perseverance, courage and faith that led to his long overdue exoneration. His inspiring story takes audiences on an emotional rollercoaster as they struggle with the flawed US justice system that sent an innocent man to prison for most of his life, while warming their hearts with Bozella’s unyielding determination and forgiveness.

Dewey Bozella represents the power that courage can bring to an individual despite seemingly insurmountable circumstances that could destroy many a man.


About Dewey Bozella

There are times in life when it is easier, or even more sensible, to just give up. This isn’t a belief held by 2011 Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner Dewey Bozella. The 2011 ESPY Awards celebrated the courage and conviction that led Bozella to the ultimate path of freedom after being released from Sing Sing prison in 2009 following 26 years of wrongful imprisonment.

Bozella still continues on his path of inspiration. During the summer of 2014, he launched CHAMPS Camp, a product of the Dewey Bozella Foundation. This boxing program was created for at-risk adolescents from Newburgh, the murder capital of New York (according to New York Magazine). There, they receive invaluable lessons from Bozella and other staff members, who help the campers become well-rounded individuals with teachings in responsibility, commitment, dedication, and perseverance. The program aims to educate at-risk youth with lessons that can be utilized both inside and outside of the ring.

Bozella’s memoir, entitled Stand Tall: Fighting for My Life, Inside and Outside the Ring, was released on December 6th, 2016. Publisher’s Weekly praised Bozella’s writing as “concise, never self-congratulatory or self-pitying, and always graceful.”

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  • Unbreakable: The Dewey Bozella Story

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