As if things couldn’t get any stranger in the world, rapper DMX is set to have a boxing match with George Zimmerman. The two of them will have a bout in the ring, while being officiated by Floyd Mayweather Sr.
DMX has been known for his aggression throughout his career, and he has also been arrested for several other things, beefing up his tough guy image that should work well for when he fights George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman, of course, is known to people around the United States for his murder of Trayvon Martin, a young African American teenager. The event took took place in Florida on February 26th, 2012, and Martin would have been 19 this month.
He stood trial for murder, but to the horror of most people around the country, he was acquitted. The incident and the trial brought up issues of race, and a large number of people were outraged after it happened. There are plenty of people that would like the opportunity to throw some punches at Zimmerman, but DMX was chosen out of over 15,000 applicants.
Someone like DMX would certainly show how tough he is once he enters the ring with someone like George Zimmerman, and on Wednesday his spokesman Domenick Nati said “DMX has promised to ‘beat his ass,’ but no contract or paperwork has been signed or agreed to yet.”
Since the incident with Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman has continued to find himself back in the spotlight, and this time he will be doing so in the form of a boxing match with DMX. His musical career has had its ups and downs, and he is known for hit songs such as “Party Up In Here” and “Ruff Ryders Anthem.”
DMX needs to walk out to X Gon give it to ya. If he wins they should play Party Up and if he loses they should play Slippin lol
— David DeMino (@1KMasterDave) February 6, 2014
The idea was originally brought up by Damon Feldman, the owner of Celebrity Boxing. He has become known for setting up odd match-ups in the ring, and he said last week that he was accepting offers for someone to step into the ring for a three-round, pay-per-view fight with Zimmerman.
Feldman received over 15,000 requests in the form of email, and decided to go with DMX as the best opponent for Zimmerman. While it is being billed as a spectacle for the two contenders, many people also feel that it is a dangerous event to hold, due to the precedents that it could set.
Al Sharpton commented on the situation when saying “We must be very careful not to glorify or in any way sidestep the implications of making someone whose only claim to fame was killing an unarmed young man named Trayvon Martin into a cultural celebrity or hero.”
Others have also weighed in and started a petition on Change.org, a website that has been used for a variety of events and issues. The petition states that “This is a blatant show of disrespect and nothing positive or righteous would come from such a stunt.”
The Zimmerman-DMX fight is disgusting. The only reason Zimmerman is a celebrity is because he murdered someone…lets not legitimize him
— Joseph Summers (@JTGSummers) February 6, 2014
I really don't condone violence but I hope dmx does serious damage to George Zimmerman. To let this guy have any spotlight though is awful
— Doug Ellin (@mrdougellin) February 5, 2014
After gaining attention as a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman will have a boxing match with one of America’s most aggressive and dangerous rappers. Is this a good idea?
In order to find out when and where the event will take place, stay tuned until next week. However, Damon Feldman said that he may be shooting for a date of March 15th.
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