George Zimmerman Reportedly Set To Fight Rapper DMX

The man who was found not guilty of murder in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin will fight the rapper who promised to “f**k him right up,” according to TMZ. The fight promoter backtracked from announcing the fight on Trayvon’s birthday. Update: The fight has been canceled.

1. Update: Feb. 8, 6:34 p.m. ET - The fight has been canceled by promoter Damon Feldman.

“The George Zimmerman fight is canceled I’m sorry for anyone I hurt with this but this was a very big opportunity thank you,” promoter Damon Feldman tweeted Saturday, deleting the tweets shortly after. “I want to thank everyone for the good n bad comments I’ve made the choice to cancel the fight w George Zimmermann more to life then money. It was my decision to cancel the george zimmerman fight it was worth a lot of money to me but people’s feelings meant more to me. I walked away from av million dollar payday with this fight but to be honest I’d rather be happy and make people happy thank you.”

2. George Zimmerman, who agreed to fight in a celebrity boxing match, will fight rapper DMX, promoter Damon Feldman told BuzzFeed.

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The fight was to be announced Wednesday on what would have been the birthday of Trayvon Martin, the teenager Zimmerman shot and killed, but the promoter vehemently denied knowing it was his birthday ahead of time and a press conference is now scheduled for a week from now.

3. He quickly backtracked.

@Michigangal30 wow I had no clue u don't know me to talk like that but I didn't know

— Damon Feldman (@hollywoodbox11)

7. “I am going to beat the living fuck out him,” the 43-year-old rapper told TMZ before the fight was confirmed. “I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I fuck him right up.”

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DMX was chosen out of 15,000 applicants according to the promoter and would fight Zimmerman for three rounds.

8. “Say he goes and gets his ass kicked isn’t that justice right there?” Feldman said of Zimmerman, adding that Lindsay Lohan’s father, Michael, and former Baywatch actor Jeremy Jackson applied to fight Zimmerman.

After their celebrity boxing match with @JoseCanseco n Danny Bonaduce

— Damon Feldman (@hollywoodbox11)

9. Despite the sideshow nature of the planned fight, many saw it as distasteful.

I want to say that I'm shocked a man is profiting from killing a black boy in America, but I can't.

— Jerdi (@justjerdi)

So... DMX fighting George Zimmerman. Anyone realize how incredibly stupid this whole situation is?

— Oscar D. McCullough (@blackmathnerd)

11. DMX was criticized for his reported involvement as well.

If you know anyone from DMX's camp. Tell them to get him to stop this fight.This is a joke on us.

— Ferrari Sheppard (@stopbeingfamous)

Someone tell DMX that this is wrong, please.

— okinawa-grade. (@nextlifeout)

13. Many felt sorrow and anger for the Martin family.

The Martin family got crowns in heaven just waiting....just waiting. Cuz honey.....

— Bendeauxva Bikewads™ (@SheSeauxSaditty)

George Zimmerman is fighting DMX for charity? Our society is a joke. GZ isn't a f'ckin celeb. I'm absolutely sick for Trayvon's parents

— Slauson (@domoshow21)

15. While the proposed fight was being talked about, Trayvon’s mother posted a birthday photo for her son who would have been 19.

— Sybrina Fulton (@SybrinaFulton)

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Adrian Carrasquillo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Adrian Carrasquillo at adrian.carrasquillo@buzzfeed.com.
 
 

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