Dewey Bozella Wins Boxing Debut, Retires
52-year-old Dewey Bozella won his boxing debut over Larry Hopkins Saturday night in Los Angeles and retired with a 1-0 record. Bozella spent 26 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder (read his full story here). Fighting professionally and winning was a dream come true for the New York native.
“I used to lay in my cell and dream about this happening,” Bozella said. “It was all worth it. It was my dream come true.”
Bozella won his four-round fight by unanimous decision 39-36, 38-37 and 38-36. He dropped 30-year-old cruiserweight Larry Hopkins to 0-4, but it was the first time Holmes finished a fight.
Holmes was penalized for spitting out his mouth piece six times in the last round. Conditioning seemed to be an issue for him, while Bozella was muscular and fit.
It wasn’t a terribly good fight, but it had a great outcome. Bozella said afterwards that he’s done fighting. Congratulations to him for the win. He deserved it.