George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watchman acquitted in the fatal killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, will again be stepping into the public eye by taking on rapper DMX in a celebrity boxing match.
The match was Mr. Zimmerman's idea, CNN reported. He took up boxing not long before his February 2012 clash with Trayvon.
"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 Online.
He then linked up with Damon Feldman, owner of Celebrity Boxing, to "get back in shape and continue with my weight-loss goals and also be able to help a charity out," Mr. Zimmerman said.
The news spread quickly that Mr. Zimmerman, once described as "The Most Hated Man in America," was looking for an opponent.
"The news has been out for an hour, and my e-mail is overloaded with 8,000 people wanting to fight George," Mr. Feldman told CNN on Thursday.
"The match will be one of the Biggest Celebrity Boxing matches of all time," he said in a statement.
DMX told TMZ that he's going to "beat the living [expletive]" out of Mr. Zimmerman.
"I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I [expletive] him right up," he continued.
His statements then focused on him metaphorically urinating on Mr. Zimmerman's face, because "he needs to drink."
The boxing match will be three rounds. The date, time and location of the fight will be announced at a news conference next Wednesday, TMZ reported.
The Zimmerman case stoked racial tensions last July when a jury acquitted him of murder charges. Many believed he sought out unarmed Trayvon because he was black. Mr. Zimmerman's voter registration lists himself as Hispanic.
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