According to several reports, rapper DMX has backed out of a boxing match with musician/fighter Eric Martinez that would have taken place later this year.

A sourced revealed to AllHipHop.com that DMX pulled out of the fight because his safety could not be guaranteed” and “that the rapper backed out because Thunder Promotions refused his request to ‘fix’ the fight.”

The match would have taken place at Alabama Pride on December 12 before the headlining fight between Butterbean and Tank Abbott.

AllHipHop.com also reported that the sponsors of the event, Thunder Promotions, might possibly take legal action against DMX and that they are currently in search of another rapper to replace DMX.

Just last month DMX revealed to Washington’s 106.7FM The Fan that he will not train for the fight explaining that, “I’ma just walk in as is. It wouldn’t be fair if I trained.”

DMX has yet to respond to the reports of him backing out of the fight.