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52-year-old ex-con Bozella wins pro boxing debut
Dewey Bozella wins pro boxing debut at 52 years old after 26 years wrongfully in prison
By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Dewey Bozella has won his pro boxing debut at 52 years old, beating Larry Hopkins by unanimous decision on Saturday night.

Bozella spent 26 years in prison wrongfully convicted of murder before he was exonerated in 2009. The New York native became the light heavyweight champion of Sing Sing while earning two college degrees behind bars.

Golden Boy Promotions fulfilled Bozella's dream by putting him on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins' bout with Chad Dawson. His victory brought the crowd to its feet.



Bozella battered the winless Larry Hopkins throughout the second half of their four-round fight. Hopkins also lost points for spitting out his mouthpiece six times in the final round, apparently exhausted and unable to match Bozella's conditioning.


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