Ex-con boxer Dewey Bozella, 52, wins debut pro fight; beats much younger Larry Hopkins

By on Oct 16, 2011 in Boxing, Sports, United States Comments

Ex-con Dewey Bozella, 52, won his debut fight as a professional boxer, after beating Larry Hopkins via unanimous decision on Saturday, October 15, 2011.

Dewey Bozella, 52, after the 4th round
against Larry Hopkins, 29

Image Credit: Jae Hong/AP

As noted at ESPN, Dewey Bozella beat Larry Hopkins, who is 22 younger than him, in the undercard fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles; with Bozella dominating the scores in the last rounds.

Apparently, Bozella landed series of blows at the younger boxer, including an upper cut just before the bell of the fourth and final round that made the winningless (0-4) Hopkins losing his mouthpiece.

Larry Hopkins was not knocked out but the crowd went wild after the fight, with all the three judges unanimously scored Dewey Bozella as winner, 38-36, 38-37 and 39-36.

“This is the greatest moment of my life,” Dewey Bozella was quoted after the fight, after spending 26 year behind the bars for after being wrongly convicted in 1983 in a crime back in 1977.

“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.” Dewey Bozella added, who now lives in Newburgh, New York.

Bozella was sentenced to 20 years and was offered a guilty plea deal so his sentence would be lesser, but he refused insisting that he is innocent. He became a free man in October 2009, after witnesses withdrew their previous stories.

The main event that night featured the Bernard Hopkins vs Chad Dawson fight where the 46-year old light WBC heavyweight champion Hopkins (no relation to Larry) lost in the 2nd round via TKO and ended as a controversial bout.

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