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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A controversial celebrity boxing match between rapper DMX and George Zimmerman, the man acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin, has been called off.
Promoter Daemon Feld announced the cancellation on Saturday and told CNN’s “New Day Saturday” that he never meant to hurt anyone’s feelings.
“Look, this is an entertainment event. I’m not trying to hurt anybody. This is part of what celebrity boxing is. The biggest fight, the one I’ve worked for, this opportunity and I’m sorry it had to be this one but it’s nothing. I’m not hurting anybody here.”
Before it was called off, the proposed three round pay-per-view fight was widely opposed. The Rev. Al Sharpton, among others, spoke out against it publicly.
If it had gone through, the matchup would have taken place on what would been Trayvon Martin’s 19th birthday.
Zimmerman said the celebrity boxing match was his idea because boxing was his hobby.
DMX told TMZ.com that he wanted to fight Zimmerman and that he’d like to urinate on Zimmerman’s face in the name of “every black person who has been done wrong in the system.”
The Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case sparked a nationwide debate about race and self-defense. Zimmerman was accused of racially profiling Martin and said he shot the teen to protect himself.
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By Saeed Ahmed and Carma Hassan
(CNN) - Let's get ready to ... mumble.
As in, what now, George Zimmerman?
Seems like the former neighborhood watchman has found yet another way to remain in the public limelight.
This time, he'll be stepping into a boxing ring to fight rapper DMX.
Zimmerman said the celebrity boxing match was his idea. Boxing was his hobby, he told Radar Online last month, even prior to the "incident."
The incident, of course, is the February 2012 encounter in which he shot dead an unarmed Trayvon Martin, 17. He stood trial for murder, but was acquitted.
"Prior to the incident, I was actually going to the gym for weight loss and doing boxing-type training for weight loss," he told Radar.
"A mutual friend put me in contact with Damon 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."
Damon is Damon Feldman, owner of Celebrity Boxing and self-described opportunist, whose claim to fame is putting together bizarre matchups. Think Tonya Harding, Michael Lohan.
He said last week that he was accepting offers for someone to step into the ring for a three-round, pay-per-view fight with Zimmerman.
"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 on Thursday.
Early Wednesday morning, he said he's picked the contender. Out of more than 15,000 e-mailed requests, he's going with DMX.
"The match will be one of the Biggest Celebrity Boxing matches of all time," his news release said (uppercase emphasis his).
But in order to find out where and when it will take place, we'll have to wait until next week.
DMX, as we know is a rapper, and braggadocio is his calling card.
He's out for blood, he told TMZ. Not only will he break every rule in boxing, he said, he'll "beat the living (expletive)" out of Zimmerman.
Ian Karmel, a writer for "Chelsea Lately," has a better idea.
"They should send Floyd Mayweather to the ring and tell George Zimmerman it's DMX," he tweeted. "He won't know the difference."
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