Bozella and the Fighting Spirit

What first inspired us about the men in TESTED was how, despite major injustices, they were able to suffer through, overcome and eventually create joy in place of anger and hope in place of despair.

The same goes for Dewey Bozella. After spending 26 years in prison for a wrongful murder conviction, Dewey finally got the chance to fulfill his lifelong dream, to box, and he made the most of it this past weekend.

The match seemed impossible: a 52 year old Bozella versus a 30 year old Larry Hopkins, in the prime of his career. But, as TESTED has shown as, the spirit of fighting and never giving up is unbeatable, even when faced with the starkest of odds.

Bozella says, “I used to lay in my cell and dream about this happening… It was my dream come true.” So, how did he do it? Well, for one, he held onto his hope and looked forward to the day when he could fulfill doing what he believed in. And when that wasn’t enough? As Bozella says, “I learned to take myself from the bad position and make it a better position, because if I hold onto it I’m just going to burn with hatred.”

That’s something we can all learn from.

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