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.

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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."

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

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.

He quickly backtracked.

Over 15,000 emails to fight george zimmerman we will be announcing the opponent tomorrow night

Damon Feldman@hollywoodbox11

Over 15,000 emails to fight george zimmerman we will be announcing the opponent tomorrow night

09:57 PM - 4 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@hollywoodbox11 On Trayvon's Birthday you'll be announcing the opponent. Lovely.

Nettles18@Nettles18

@hollywoodbox11 On Trayvon's Birthday you'll be announcing the opponent. Lovely.

11:15 PM - 4 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@hollywoodbox11 You're a fucking idiot! Of all days 2 have it released on Trayvon's birthday!! You will regret that decision. George's idea?

Anne Hillebrand@Michigangal30

@hollywoodbox11 You're a fucking idiot! Of all days 2 have it released on Trayvon's birthday!! You will regret that decision. George's idea?

12:00 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Damon Feldman @hollywoodbox11

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

12:03 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"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.

"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

After their celebrity boxing match with @JoseCanseco n Danny Bonaduce

01:37 AM - 12 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

12:43 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Oscar D. McCullough@blackmathnerd

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

12:34 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

12:51 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Someone tell DMX that this is wrong, please.

Many felt sorrow and anger for the Martin family.

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

Bendeauxva Bikewadsâ„¢@SheSeauxSaditty

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

12:44 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

01:16 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Adrian Carrasquillo is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

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