Philly boxing promoter out of Zimmerman match-up, but fight will happen

Damon Feldman announces that he will not promote Zimmerman match
Boxing promoter Damon Feldman announced at a press conference on Tuesday that he will no longer be promoting a celebrity boxing match between George Zimmerman and DMX. The match will take place on March 15, but will now be promoted by Alki David of Film On, in California. Credit: Charles Mostoller/Metro

A Philadelphia boxing promoter’s conscience got the better of him after news of a George Zimmerman celebrity boxing match provoked nationwide outrage at the prospect of a known murderer achieving fame.

“I’m not interested in working with a killer,” said Damon Feldman, the man behind Celebrity Boxing, of why he decided to not organize a George Zimmerman match.

“When I really looked into the case, I didn’t want anything to do with it,” Feldman said at a press conference today in Broomall, explaining that he previously was not aware of all the details of the Zimmerman case. “I didn’t see the case, I heard the verdict, that’s it. I just want to move on.”

Feldman announced last week that Zimmerman was going to box rapper DMX, before announcing on Twitter over the weekend that he was rethinking the match.

However, Zimmerman will still participate in a March 15 fight in California.

Alki David, a British entrepeneur, has taken up promoting the fight and will stream it on his website,

David spoke over the phone at the press conference to confirm that he is taking over the match, and said Zimmerman will not be paid for the event. He declined to go into further detail about the event.

“This is not a boxing fight, this is not a boxing match,” David cryptically said at one point.

David did not state who Zimmerman’s opponent will be.

Zimmerman, 30, shot and killed Trayvon Martin, 17, in February 2012 after a controversial altercation. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder.


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