At 52, Dewey Bozella has entered the record books as the oldest pugilist in pro boxing. And not only was it the first pro fight of his boxing career — it will, he says, be his last.
Two years after Dewy Bozelle left the walls of the Sing Sing correctional facility, serving time for a crime he didn't commit, Dewey Bozella had one goal in mind: To be a professional boxer.
On the CBS Morning Show, he said, "Prison wakes you up, you know? You are going to do two things. You are going to get yourself together which I chose to do — or either you're going to choose a life that is going to be about negativity. I got around a couple of people who helped me and I ran with it. I really ran with it."
Bozella earned not only his bachelor’s degree while behind bars, but his masters degree as well, while developing an enduring love for the sport of boxing.
Bozella had been offered a release from Sing Sing since a parole hearings beginning in 1992 which offered freedom if he would just confess his crime, he refused again and again.
"You got me saying I murdered a 92-year-old woman?" asked Bozella. "You got the wrong man. I'd rather die in prison than tell you I did it."
What’s up for the 52-year-old, who George Foreman says could fight till he is 60?
"No more fights," Bozella said. "I'll spar with people. I'll work out with people and I would love to learn the game of boxing a little bit more if I can. I will sit down and do announcing."
He says he will work with kids to teach them boxing to keep them off the street.