The highly publicized and controversial celebrity boxing match between George Zimmerman and DMX will no longer happen according to promoter Damon Feldman.
"This was the wrong person to put in the ring and define celebrity boxing," he wrote in reference to Zimmerman. His reason for dumping Zimmerman (the man who was infamously tried and acquitted for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin)?
"I'd rather be happy and make people
happy," he said.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a spokesman for DMX, Domenick Nati, claimed that his client was the reason for the cancellation. He wrote in a press release:
"The George Zimmerman fight is canceled.
“DMX never agreed to the fight and we thank you
for all of the support from DMX's fans.”
DMX was reportedly chosen after more than 15,000 email requests to fight Zimmerman materialized in Feldman's email inbox after announcing the fight. The 43-year-old rapper boasted of the match, "I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f-ck him right up.
"Once I am done with him, I am going to whip my d-ck out and piss on him."
The Game, who has a tattoo of Martin, also displayed an eagerness to get in the squared circle with Zimmerman, although he was not ultimately chosen. When asked about the possibility of a match-up, he said:
"I would not be boxing for me. I'd be boxing for the legacy of Trayvon Martin and for his family.
"I would box him to knock him out. I would definitely take pleasure in it. It's legal, and I want to show him you can solve your disputes without a weapon."