Could you imagine being locked up for 20+ years for something you didn't do? Imagine going to prison in the 80's and coming out sometime in 2000. Dewey Bozella found himself in this exact situation where he was accused and found guilty of killing an elderly woman. His story is one of triumph and should be a clear depiction of what it means to have an indomitable spirit.
"Sentenced to 20 years to life in Sing Sing prison, Bozella maintained his innocence and exhausted every appeal. He was offered more than four separate chances for an early release if he would only admit guilt and show remorse, but Bozella consistently refused to accept freedom under such conditions. Anger at his imprisonment gave way to determination and instead of becoming embittered, he became a model prisoner: earning his GED, bachelors and masters degrees; working as a counselor for other prisoners; and eventually even falling in love and getting married. Through it all, Bozella found strength and purpose through boxing, becoming the light heavyweight champion of Sing Sing Prison.
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Unyielding in his innocence, Bozella never gave up fighting in or out of the ring. He wrote to the Innocence Project daily in his quest for a ray of hope. The law firm WilmerHale eventually took on Bozella’s case and uncovered new evidence that exonerated him. After being in prison more than 26 years, he was finally released in October 2009. Today, Bozella devotes his life to helping others, working with a non-profit that helps recently released prisoners rehabilitate back into the world. He has also returned to boxing as a trainer to kids and aspiring fighters, all the while maintaining his dream to fight one professional fight as a free man.
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On July 13th, 2011, Dewey Bozella was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 2011 ESPYs.
The 2011 ESPYs celebrated the courage and conviction that lead Bozella to the ultimate path of freedom after 26 years of imprisonment.
Following the awards, Dewey Bozella realized his dream of becoming a professional boxer, winning his first pro fight on October 15th, 2011 on the undercard for Bernard versus Dawson.
Today, Dewey Bozella has created his own foundation dedicated to fulfilling his lifelong dream – helping kids avoid the mistakes he has made, through the sport of boxing. Funds raised by the foundation will be used to create a boxing gym where Dewey will work with kids in the struggling upstate city of Newburgh, New York." source: deweybozella.com
Monday, May 21, 2012
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Thursday, May 3, 2012
"In a response that eventually drew applause from his entourage, Mayweather once again said it is “basic common sense” that Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs and getting in the ring with him would be a risk to his future health.
“Health is more important than anything,” Mayweather said. “Because guess what? When my career is over, if I’m hurt because of something that has happened in a fight, I can’t come to you and say, ‘I need (money).’ ”
Mayweather’s hardest point came when he admitted that he believes the boxing world doesn’t even care if Pacquiao is using or not — that the desire to see the two fight now surpasses any concern over his safety. “People say, ‘We don’t give a f— if he’s taking or not; we just want to see the fight. We don’t give a f— about your health and we don’t give a f— about your family.’ ” Mayweather said. “I care about my family. I love my family. They’re going to be there when no one else is there. When my career is over, you’re all going to move on to the next one." source: inflexwetrust.com
Whether you're a fan of Mayweather's or not you gotta respect his answer. Can't fight forever, health is true wealth.