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Dewey Bozella Shares His Story

Those familiar with this blog have likely heard of Dewey Bozella. I have featured him in a few previous entries.

Below is a recent video of Dewey speaking to a group of college athletes in Alabama. I will continue to share his story so people will not forget what he has been through. This man was robbed of the best years of his life.

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Dewey Bozella’s ability to remain positive and continually inspire others is a testament to his character. I can’t begin to fathom what it would be like to sit in prison for almost 30 years for a crime that I did not commit. How this man remains so positive is mind boggling. His never give up attitude and relentless desire to fight for what he believes in is something that we could all learn from.

I certainly hope that the continued media exposure will in some way benefit him.

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I knew that I had a choice, and the choice was lay down and die or get up and do something about it . – Dewey Bozella

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Inspiration From Dewey Bozella

I first blogged about Dewey Bozella after he was honored with the 2011 Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.  If you aren’t familiar with his story, take a moment to familiarize yourself here.  The original video is worth every second of your time.

The abbreviated story is that Dewey served over 25 years in prison for a crime that he did not commit.  Amazingly, he never lost hope throughout the quarter century ordeal.

Following his release, Dewey had a lifelong goal to fulfill. He wanted to fight in one professional boxing match. Unfortunately, he was originally denied a license to fight in the state of California.

In the video below, you’ll see him prepare for his second shot at the licensing test. As you’ll see within, he passed the test and earned the right to fight on October 15th, 2011. Dewey’s hard work and perseverance paid off as he was able to accomplish a lifelong goal.  At age 52, Dewey Bozella fought and won his first (and last) professional boxing match. He earned a unanimous decision over Larry Hopkins.

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I used to lay in my cell and dream about this happening. It was all worth it. It was my dream come true… This was my first and last fight. It’s a young man’s game. I did what I wanted to do, and I’m happy. I appreciate everybody that made this possible. This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. – Dewey Bozella

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Dewey Bozella at the ESPY Awards

Following my last entry, I’ve received several requests for Dewey Bozella’s ESPY award speech.  Fortunately, it was recently uploaded to Youtube so can be seen below.  For those who missed the original story, I highly recommend watching the original video here.

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As mentioned within the speech, Dewey’s gym was recently closed.  He hopes to open a new gym soon so he can continue training the aspiring boxers in his area.  Based on what he’s overcome already, I have no doubt that Dewey will have a new gym up and running very soon.

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The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs. It’s the same thing, fear, but it’s what you do with it that matters. – Cus D’Amato

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Dewey Bozella’s Fight For Justice

Below is a video that tells the story of Dewey Bozella. A related article can also be found here.  The video is just over 11 minutes long, but is well worth every second of your time.  I was glued to the screen.

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Dewey Bozella served over 25 years in prison for a crime that he did not commit.  He was released in 2009 and now spends his time as a boxing trainer.  Recently, Dewey was honored at the ESPYs with the 2011 Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.

Dewey’s courage and perseverance are off the charts.  There isn’t any way to measure something so extraordinary.  I can’t even begin to imagine living over 25 years in prison for a crime that I did not commit. One part of the story that I could relate to however was when Dewey stated the following:

I owe boxing my life.  Boxing’s what saved me…

I’m fortunate to say that I’ve never had to deal with the hardship that Dewey’s encountered.  I can say though that boxing certainly had a lasting impact on me as well.  If I had never walked into the gym as a youngster, I have no idea how my life would have unfolded.  The sport changed my life forever in ways that I couldn’t even begin to describe.

It’s obvious that the sport also helped define the character of this remarkable man.  I would be honored to meet Dewey Bozella.

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