Dewey Bozella, innocent ex-con and boxer, to speak at KVCC
KALAMAZOO - Kalamazoo Valley Community College announced boxer Dewey Bozella, who spent 26 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, will be the keynote speaker at the KVCC Foundation's Opportunities for Education Dinner this year.
The 52-year-old boxer made national news last weekend after winning his first and last professional boxing debut on Saturday night against Larry Hopkins.
Bozella was convicted for murdering a 92-year-old woman in 1983. He was exonerated and released in 2009.
"I used to lay in my cell and dream about this happening," Bozella told the Associated Press. "It was all worth it. It was my dream come true."
Bozella's account of perseverance doesn't begin in prison. His father beat his pregnant mother to death when he was 9 years old.
"Although many lessons in my life have been difficult to learn, I am now in a position to help others based on my experiences and that is worth the world to me," Bozella said in a statement.
Bozella received ESPN's Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which has also been received by Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali, for his courage in July 2011.
The OFE dinner benefits KVCC students with financial needs. The event takes place on April 25, 2010 and tickets will be available online and 269-488-4442.
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