News 03.15.12

Tune In: ESPN to Premiere Dewey Bozella Film

Tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Films will premiere “26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story,” on ESPN/ESPNHD.

 

Directed by award winning producer/director Jose Morales, the film follows Bozella on his quest to earn a professional boxing license at age 52, and sheds light on a man who never gave up fighting for his freedom. The film is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Laurence Fishburne and includes interviews from Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, and Bozella’s wife Trena.

 

Bozella served 26 years in prison for a murder evidence now shows he didn’t commit. He was denied parole four times because he refused to admit guilt. Throughout his 26 years behind bars, Bozella found strength and purpose through boxing, becoming the light heavyweight champion of Sing Sing Prison. It was always his goal to be proven innocent and box professionally once he was released.

 

Since his release in 2009, Bozella has been teaching boxing skills and discipline to young people. Bozella was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2011 ESPYs in July.

 

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