To the delight of some, and to the chagrin of others, the proposed bout between rapper DMX and George Zimmerman has been canceled by promoter Damon Feldman. Dubbed a “celebrity” boxing match, the fight was proposed last month with a contender being chosen from a list of people who wanted a piece of Zimmerman. Game was the first celebrity to say he wanted a shot in the ring with Trayvon’s killer. DMZ came next, promising to piss on the former neighborhood watchman. Though Zimmerman said, Game would be the perfect challenger, DMX was allegedly said to be the opposing fighter for the bout. However, many people were vehemently opposed to the match, claiming it a travesty that Zimmerman would be labeled a celebrity and making money off the notoriety he gained from shooting an unarmed youth. Many in the black community, including Al Sharpton, stepped forward with their opposition of what seemed to be a lose, lose situation no matter who won in the ring.
After hearing all angles, Feldman has decided to cancel the bout, claiming he now realizes the whole thing was a bad idea. Feldman released the following statement via his Twitter account.
“All you people are right. The George Zimmerman fight is canceled I’m sorry for anyone I hurt with this but this was a very big opportunity thank you. I want to thank everyone for the good n bad comments I’ve made the choice to cancel the fight w George Zimmermann more to life then money.
It was my decision to cancel the George Zimmerman fight it was worth a lot of money to me but people’s feelings meant more to me. I walked away from av million dollar payday with this fight but to be honest I’d rather be happy and make people happy thank you.”
UPDATE: In response to the cancellation of the fight, DMZ’s publicist Domenick Nati has released the following statement…
“Damon Feldman has announced that the George Zimmerman fight is cancelled via his Twitter. As previously stated, DMX never agreed to the fight and we thank you for all of the support from DMX’s fans. This situation will not affect any of DMX’s upcoming concerts in America or around the world.”