Zimmerman told Radar Online last month that boxing was his hobby even prior to the “incident” (as he called the Trayvon Martin shooting / killing). He has apparently been training for months.
Damon Feldman, owner of Celebrity Boxing, said that DMX was chosen out of a final pool of 15,000 applicants. However, while the 43-year-old rapper told TMZ, “I am going to beat the living f**k out him (Zimmerman) ... I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f**k him right up," it appears things are not as final as many believe.
DMX’s publicist Domenick Nati provided the following statement:
The boxing match between George Zimmerman and DMX is not officially confirmed. DMX has promised to “beat his ass”, but no contract or paperwork has been signed or agreed to yet. DMX will release an official statement if and when an agreement is made.
Among the failed applicants was Rapper The Game. He has a a tattoo of the late Trayvon Martin on his leg, and he was an "original" volunteer for the match. At the time, he told TMZ:
I will beat the f**k out of him. I would not be boxing for me. I’d be boxing for the legacy of Trayvon Martin and for his family.
However, Feldman turned him down, as apparently The Game was too interested in a big payday than in vengeance for Martin. "The Game wanted too much money,” Feldman told theGrio.