Plans to put rapper Dmx in a boxing ring with the infamous George Zimmerman have been shelved. The hip-hop star had been approached to take part in a fight with former Neighbourhood Watch volunteer Zimmerman, who was last year (13) acquitted of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.
However, the promoter behind the bout has since decided to scrap the event after the inclusion of Zimmerman as a 'celebrity' prompted a backlash online.
DMX's publicist, Domenick Nati, confirmed the news in a statement, which reads, "(Promoter) 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."
Rapper Dmx is one step closer to stepping into a boxing ring with America's most infamous Neighbourhood Watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, after entering negotiations for a charity fight night. The Party Up (Up In Here) hitmaker put his name forward as a potential challenger after event promoter Damon Feldman revealed he was looking for opponents for Zimmerman, who was acquitted in 2013 of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin during an altercation in Florida.
Last week (ends31Jan14), The Game, who has an image of Martin tattooed on his leg, admitted he would relish the chance to beat up Zimmerman, but Feldman has since decided to put DMX to the test by selecting him from a pool of 15,000 applicants.
The rapper recently vowed to "beat the living f**k" out of Zimmerman, adding, "I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f**k him right up."
DMX has verbally agreed to take part in the Celebrity Boxing bout, but his representative, Domenick Nati, tells TMZ.com the rapper has yet to be presented with an official contract for the three-round bout.
Details about the clash are expected to be announced in a press conference next week (begs10Feb14).
A representative for Dmx has insisted the troubled rapper only filed for bankruptcy so he could head out on a world tour. The hip-hop hitmaker, real name Earl Simmons, lodged legal papers at the United States Bankruptcy Court in New York City on Monday (29Jul13), revealing he has less than $50,000 (£33,333) in assets and debts of more than $1 million (£666,667).
His spokesperson Domenick Nati has now explained Simmons decided to file for bankruptcy to override restrictions put on his passport due to his debts, and reveals the star will head out on an overseas tour once the issues are resolved.
The statement reads, "DMX's financial strains have been inhibiting his career for several years. Poor financial management by prior representation have (sic) caused him to be ineligible to retain a passport. The purpose of this bankruptcy filing is for reorganization (sic) so he can perform for his fans oversees. We are currently planning a tour in Europe and Africa for the fall of 2013."