The event promoter, Damon Feldman made the announcement via his Twitter account on Saturday afternoon that he decided to cancel the celebrity boxing match.
He summed his decision up in a series of tweets but one stood out the most. “This was the wrong person to put in the ring and define celebrity boxing thank you,” Feldman explained in a tweet. “I walked away from av [sic] million dollar payday with this fight but to be honest I’d rather be happy and make people happy thank you.”
According to TMZ, Feldman had chosen the rapper DMX from more than 15.000 submissions from people willing to face off against Zimmerman in the boxing ring. But due to public reaction, he decided to call it off.
“I wasn’t being disrespected [sic] to anyone I had a plan here with this fight I’ll let you know soon hope everyone is happy I’m sorry,” Feldman said in another tweet. “I want to thank everyone for the good n [sic] bad comments I’ve made the choice to cancel the fight w George Zimmermann [sic] more to life then [sic] money.
Zimmerman is said to have been training hard as a boxer for months. DMX basically just wanted a piece of him because of the injustices against black people. Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering an unarmed black teen, Trayvon Martin, in Florida in 2012.
According to NYDailyNews, Domenick Nati, DMX’s rep, issued a statement saying that his client had never officially accepted the fight.
However, DMX had this to say in an interview with TMZ about the potential of a fight with Zimmerman, “I am going to beat the living f— out of him, I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f— him right up.”
However, concerned citizens organized a movement and petition to stop the match. The petition was drafted to the White House and claimed the match was a racial issue.
“No Promoter or Celebrity Boxer should ever be allowed to use racial tension to profit,” the petition said.
Well, looks like the petition may have worked. It may not have made it to White House, but it has served its purpose.
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