George Zimmerman made headlines in February of 2012 when he shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was walking back to a house in a gated community in Sanford, Florida.
Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, pleaded not guilty on grounds of self-defense. In July of 2013, an all-female jury found him not guilty of both second degree murder and manslaughter.
Now, Zimmerman, 30, is again making headlines, albeit of a different sort: he is set to fight Rapper DMX (Earl Simmons) in a three-round celebrity boxing match. Proceeds from the match are to go to charity.
Zimmerman said that the boxing match was his idea, and has said that boxing has been a hobby of his, even prior to the “incident” that shot him into the limelight. Hobby or not, his former personal trainer “dissed and dismissed Zimmerman’s fighting skills” while Zimmerman was on trial for the murder.
When the announcement was made that Zimmerman was seeking a boxing ring opponent, responses and applications came pouring in. Within the first hour, “8,000 people wanting to fight George” had expressed interest.
DMX was reportedly selected as Zimmerman’s opponent from 15,000 applicants.
Of his intentions in the match, DMX has said, “I am going to beat the living f**k out of him. I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f**k him up right.”
The match is scheduled for March 1, and is organized by Damon Feldman. Given that Feldman “has staged many ‘celebrity’ boxing matches in the past…and has essentially admitted that the fights are fixed”, the upcoming fight has faced similar accusations.
The Deadspin website has stated that “there is next to zero chance that this match will be anything other than a total fraud, a prearranged entertainment.”
In 2010, Feldman said that considers himself the “WWE of boxing.” He continued on to say that his fights “give formerly famous people the chance to step in the ring, they’re not gonna kill each other. It’s 100 percent entertainment.”
Sources: http://www.inquisitr.com, Huffington Post
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