George Zimmerman To Box Against Rapper DMX
George Zimmerman, who was tried and acquitted in the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last summer, will be back in the spotlight in a boxing match against DMX.
George Zimmerman & DMX Arrange Boxing Match
The idea for the match came from Zimmerman himself, who has apparently long counted boxing as one of his hobbies. “It was my idea,” Zimmerman told RadarOnline.
“Prior to the incident,” Zimmerman continued, referring to the shooting death of Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. “I was actually going to the gym for weight loss and doing boxing-type training for weight loss and a mutual friend put me in contact with Damon [Feldman] and provided me with an opportunity and motivation to get back in shape and continue with my weight loss goals and also be able to help a charity out.”
Feldman, a former boxer who now runs Celebrity Boxing, then put the word out that Zimmerman was looking for a fight. According to the promoter, he received thousands of replies from eager amateur boxers – most notably DMX.
"The news has been out for an hour and my e-mail is overloaded with 8,000 people wanting to fight George," Feldman told CNN, revealing that the standout was the “Party Up (Up In Here)” rapper.
DMX Promisies To Destroy Zimmerman
"DMX has promised to 'beat his ass,' but no contract or paperwork has been signed or agreed to yet," DMX spokesman Domenick Nati told CNN. DMX, in his own words, was slightly more graphic. "I am going to beat the living f–k out him,” he told TMZ. “I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f–k him right up,” which apparently includes urinating on Zimmerman’s face.
Feldman, who plans to announce the details of the bout next week, is hoping to schedule it for March 15. The fight itself is already surrounded by controversy, which was amplified by the fact that Feldman made the initial announcement on the eve of Trayvon Martin’s birthday.
Damon Feldman Ignores Trayvon Martin's Birthday, Death
“You know what, man, I didn’t even look. You know I’m a good-hearted guy. I didn’t know when his birthday was. I just wanted to get the news out there,” Feldman told PhillyMag when asked why he chose the date he did for the announcement. “I had no idea that it was Trayvon Martin’s birthday. The event has nothing to do with that. I don’t want this fight to be about that. I would never do something like that. I’m not like that,” Feldman continued, avoiding the reality that Zimmerman’s sole claim to fame is his involvement in Martin’s death.
Civil rights activist and MSNBC pundit Rev. Al Sharpton has already voiced his concerns about the Celebrity Boxing match. Sharpton warned, "We must be very careful not to glorify or in any way sidestep the implications of making someone whose only claim to fame was killing an unarmed young man named Trayvon Martin into a cultural celebrity or hero.”
– Chelsea Regan
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