George Zimmerman Boxing Promoter Damon Feldman Says He Didn't Follow Trayvon Martin Case

Celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman "most likely" stepping down from fight, says someone will be willing to promote the match.

News of a possible celebrity boxing match between George Zimmerman and rapper DMX quickly drew outrage from many and even resulted in the creation of a petition on the White House’s petition website. Following the announcement of the match days ago and the resulting backlash, Damon Feldman, the promoter behind the match has since revealed that he’s “most likely” stepping down from promoting the event.

Feldman spoke in further detail about the match during an interview with Philadelphia’s Hot 107.9 this week. The celebrity boxing promoter revealed that he did not follow the Trayvon Martin case, which he says was only brought to his attention following the announcement of a not guilty verdict for Zimmerman last year.

The promoter also suggested that Zimmerman is not a criminal due to the fact that he was found not guilty during trial.

“Yeah, I didn’t follow it,” Feldman said. “I basically—I knew when the whole verdict was announced and all cause it was big news, but other than that I didn’t follow it. [The] case and stuff like that. But what I heard about it, I felt bad about it…He did get off innocent, so it’s like if he was a criminal then I couldn’t use [it]…The whole situation was touchy. It happened so fast…It started getting like ‘Wow, what’s going on here?’…I didn’t do anything wrong. I wasn’t the one in the case and stuff like that. I’m a promoter. I’m a celebrity boxing promoter.”

Feldman was also questioned about Zimmerman being dubbed a celebrity due to the fight. According to the promoter, because of rules and regulations a boxing match involving Zimmerman could only be called a celebrity boxing match.

“Remember that this is my company name,” he said. “The media made him a quote-on-quote celebrity. I never addressed him as a celebrity ever. It’s the only way we could have done this match is under celebrity boxing [battle]. It wouldn’t have been able to be done under pro boxing, amateur boxing. So, that’s the only way they would do with the rules and regulations.”

Feldman didn’t reveal the amount Zimmerman could stand to make as a result of the match, but did reveal that he would make a percentage of what was made from those watching online.

“He was working off percentage. Whatever came in on the internet,” the promoter said. “Cause we could only show this on the internet…We are doing a press conference tomorrow to address everything. Cause I’m most likely gonna be out of it…Somebody’s gonna promote this match. I know that.”

Although Feldman says he’s “most likely” stepping down, a fight between Zimmerman and DMX has not yet been canceled. While speaking with The Source this week, Feldman says he announced that he was initially canceling the fight because he was emotional at the time.

“I sent those [cancellation] Tweets because I went through an emotional situation,” he said. “I looked at my kids and I got emotional…As of right now, the fight is not canceled. Right now we’re in meetings as we talk. Zimmerman still wants to fight, but I’m trying to find out what direction to go in.”

Domenick Nati, a representative for DMX also addressed the fight, informing fans via statement that DMX never agreed to a match with Zimmerman.

"Damon Feldman has announced that the George Zimmerman fight is cancelled via his Twitter," Nati said in a statement. "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."

When asked if a match between the two is still a possibility, Nati replied with, "I can't say that yet."

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11 Comments

  • Frosty

    Hiphopdx can eat a dick for removing my comments, whats the matter the truth hurts?

  • Anonymous

    phuxx this clown. promoters are worst than politicians. this clown trying to fix his reputation now. claiming he didnt follow the trial, but yet knew who triggerman was...

  • Anonymous

    so he started promoting a boxing match with a contestant he knew nothing about?

  • gnigga_pleeze

    i wish i hadnt followed it, all i saw were uninformed racist black people who actually had no idea what police reports said, what forensic reports proved, or anything of that nature, but somehow drew the conclusion that the white guy was guilty and the black kid was a poor innocent lost soul. zimmerman had a broken nose and lacerations on the back of his head, proving that trayvon had beaten the shit out of him, making it hard to convict him. but all these retards saw was that one guy was white and one guy was black so the outcome must have been based off that. and they call us the racists.

    • Kristine

      I would call you an imbecile for this comment but that would biased of me as you have been in this comment. It is ignorant on so many levels. I can agree with you to an extent in saying that a lot of black people did not follow the case thoroughly before jumping to the conclusion that Zimmerman was a guilty, racist, scum bag, murderer, especially young people who are fuelled by what has been 'claimed' on social networking. However, a lot of people like myself, who are in fact black, followed this case and yes of course Zimmerman did incur injuries and I have gone on to say that Trayvon is not the innocent angel painted by one side of the media. Despite this Zimmerman killed someone, a human has no right, EVER to kill someone. And you might say yes, they do in defending themselves? Trayvon was not armed with anything, he was younger and smaller than Zimmerman, Zimmerman followed him and provoked his attack so for you to comment saying black people are racist and that Zimmerman is the victim is biased and it seems as if no thought went into your comment at all. I don't think the trial itself was based on racism I may be right or wrong but from the facts stated in the trial Zimmerman seemed to be profiling Trayvon in which case he started following him, got in a quarrel and shot him. He went to trial and was deemed completely innocent, no manslaughter, nor 2nd degree murder. A lot of people in America have been sentenced to death or sent to prison for less, sometimes the standard of proof wasn't even great. Irrespective of the colour of the Trayvon or Zimmerman, he killed someone, a child, someone's son and he is still allowed to walk the streets a free man. A man punched a guy (causing him brain damage) for attacking a woman across the road, he was sentenced to 6 years. Zimmerman shot someone in a fight he provoked and was deemed innocent. Forget race; it's simply not right.

    • Ho Ho Merry DIckmas

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sL2f0PoqME

  • RC

    What was this guy living under a rock...in a cave...on Mars?? Bullshit this guy's just trying to save face now that this business decision is backfiring on him.

  • jonnycakes

    It affects his life now! This guy is as dumb as a box of rocks! He couldn't promote jock itch

  • Anonymous

    Lying ass dude, who the fuck didn't follow this case?

    • Frosty

      A lot of people did not follow the case, matter of fact for many people it was just another black kid shot. The same shit happens in fucked up areas in America all over the place.So who gives a fuck, only you faggot ass race baiter's.

    • Anonymous

      I didnt follow it as it did not affect my life but I was sad to hear the outcome.

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