DMX Boxing Match “All In Good Fun,” Says Rep
DMX is getting back into the ring, both figuratively and literally. One week after XXLMag.com caught up with X on the VH1 Hip Hop Honors red carpet, news broke that the Yonkers rapper will be fighting in a mixed martial arts event in Alabama.
Dubbed the Alabama Pride MMA, the match is set to take place on December 12 at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. X will be squaring off against an “up-and-coming actor” named Eric Martinez, according to tmz.com, in the celebrity fight portion of the night.
X’s publicist told XXLMag.com that the MC is rejuvenated and excited about taking part in the fight. “It’s all in good fun,” she said. “Over the last six months he has been living a very healthy lifestyle, a lifestyle that consists of hitting the gym every single day and eating healthy. He looks great and he feels incredible. This is the perfect opportunity for him to show his fans it’s the return of X.”
As previously reported, X has had a troubled last couple of years. Along with repeat visits to the courthouse, he spent 90 days in an Arizona jail for drug, theft and animal cruelty charges. Since being released in May the dog has reunited with his Ruff Ryder family on Jadakiss’ “Who’s Real” remix.
He was also on hand at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors celebrating Def Jam’s 25th Anniversary last Wednesday. X performed his hit, “Party Up (Up in Here),” during the taping, bouncing around the stage like a rapper in his prime.
Tickets for X’s fight are currently on sale on ticketmaster.com. –Elan Mancini